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BIM Summit: Clients must set benchmarks for users

Clients and owner-operators should sent new benchmarks for regional users of building information modelling, according to experts at BIM Summit 2016

Clients and owner-operators should sent new benchmarks for the Middle East’s building information modelling users, according to panellists at BIM Summit 2016.
Clients and owner-operators should sent new benchmarks for the Middle East’s building information modelling users, according to panellists at BIM Summit 2016.

Clients and owner-operators should set new benchmarks for the Middle East’s building information modelling (BIM) users.

This is the view of experts speaking at Middle East Architect’s BIM Summit 2016, which took place at the UAE’s Conrad Dubai last week.

Will Sims, associate director at Arup, told delegates that he is in the process of finalising a template that will be adopted in both the UK and Middle East as an industry standard for future projects.

“The industry is fragmented at present,” he explained. “What is needed is collaboration across all sectors.”

Attendees heard that the technology’s acronym should be changed from BIM to BAM, to reflect the region’s “business as normal” approach.

Steve Jolley, senior director at Bentley Systems, continued: “Because it enables the sharing of best practices, BIM should be seen as the industry standard; not as a differential.

“The differential should be merely how it is tweaked to be best applied to specific issues,” he added.

Looking at the overall application of technology, panellists at the event agreed that it can be used to highlight and solve potential problems, ensuring smooth operations for completed projects.

“Using a virtual model to manage a physical asset is a dream, but it is a good dream,” Jolley concluded.

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