Let me start from the beginning. The idea for There’s No BIM Like Home was born when my fiancee and I were buying our first house. During this process, I quickly realized that we were given an awful lot of paperwork to be managed.
So the first thing I did was sort all of the relevant documents were given when assessing, purchasing, and moving into our new house; which can be found below in the master file (These files were so disparate, I had to buy the document holder myself!).
The master file includes but is not limited to:
- 2 Property condition surveys (1996, and 2015);
- Damp survey and quotation;
- Land registry information;
- Mortgage details;
- Building contents insurance details;
- FENSA certificates for the windows;
- Gas and Electric safety test data;
- Flood risk assessment;
- Record of any planning or building control applications at the property;
- Energy performance certificate (EPC);
- Property information form from the seller;
- Boiler installation and warranty information;
- Fixed Furniture and Equipment (FFE) information for items we have purchased since moving in; and
- Much much more…
Looking into the paper abyss I asked myself:
“What is going on, this is the twenty first century isn’t it!?”
Surely there is a better way to capture all of this information? Well, there is.
As a Chartered Architectural Technologist who has specialized in Building Information Modelling (BIM), I have knowledge and experience in producing, managing and exchanging construction information by producing an Information Model. If you are unsure what BIM is, it might be worth reading ‘The BIM Explainer‘. In short, BIM is a process for managing how information is produced, managed, and exchanged digitally to ensure that the right people, get the right information, at the right time.
Through this information model, I have previously managed to capture:
- Graphical information, such as the size and shape of building components;
- Non-graphical Information, such an object’s make and model; and
- Documentation such as drawings and reports.
Typically BIM Level 2, as mandated by the UK Government, is being done on large commercial projects, but the process is based on good practice and has the benefit of being fully scalable; making it also suitable for my home!
If I had a BIM Level 2 compliant information model and needed to replace a window, I could check for its size, finish, and basic performance information to make sure it was replaced with a suitable alternative. Going further, documentation such as the Gas and Electric safety test data could be embedded into the circuit/piping models respectively; and even each item of furniture or equipment can include its product information (and if it’s from IKEA a link to the instructions on how to built it).
Luckily for me, under BIM Level 2 there are a plethora of standards and supporting material online I can use to my benefit such as:
- BS1192:2007 Collaborative Production of Information;
- PAS1192-2:2013 Information Management (CapEx);
- PAS1192-3:2014 Information Management (OpEx);
- PAS1192-4:2014 Information Exchange Requirements (COBie);
- BS8536-1:2015 Briefing for Design & Construction;
- BS8541-1:2012 Library Objects Naming;
- BS8541-2:2011 Standard Symbols and Annotations; and
- BS7000-4:2013 Design Management
All of which I will refer to when relevant throughout this blog.
But first thing is first, I need to work out what information I want to capture. To do so I need to work out my brief…