Integrating field data into your BIM project

In my previous blog, I spoke of the need for everyone involved in a construction project to have managed access to project information, to prevent errors and delays from occurring.

I believe this is key and what drives a lot of people and organisations for the further adoption of BIM in the construction industry,

…but are we sharing enough?

Delays in projects due to unforeseen issues on site are unbelievably common, and quite often, the larger the project, the greater the complexity and risk of disruption and delays. My job has allowed me to meet a wide range of people from across Europe and the Middle East and discover how they overcome these challenges. Often they rely solely on good faith and trust that the task will be completed on time and to specification.

It is a widely accepted theme that the only constant in life is change and construction is no different. During any phase of the design and build, projects are likely to change in some way from their initial concept. Unplanned changes that occur onsite require decisions to be made swiftly; What impact will this have? Who does it affect? Is it going to cost me money to correct?

By capturing the ongoing real-world site environment and comparing it with the original design intent, we can effectively manage the unforeseen discoveries and implement necessary adaptions as the project progresses, preventing delays further down the line.

Capturing on-site conditions with digital technology can be as simple as taking a photo or as detailed as a multi-million point laser scan. By feeding this information back into the wider project team, decisions can be made quickly on accurate data. If required this data can be used as the basis for any design changes within the 3D model.

In the future I see the trend moving towards more real-time site based tools that allow faster decision making, minimising any potential delay. Users today can already capture the as-constructed state of a project and use technology like the Inspect Surface application to analyse the construction accuracy or flatness of site elements such as a concrete floor slab.

The adoption of digital technology should not be seen as a quick fix for construction but should be utilised to improve the way we communicate on site and in the office to help make more collaborative informed decisions.

To find out more about connecting BIM processes from the office to the field and back again, download the whitepaper ‘Unlocking the value of BIM‘ by clicking here.

Unlocking the Value of BIM whitepaper

This post was featured initially on Mark King’s Linkedin. Vist Mark King’s LinkedIn page to keep up to date with latest blogs and BIM news.

Mark King, BIM solutions manager at Leica Geosystems

Mark King, BIM solutions manager at Leica Geosystems

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