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Ramboll: Unclear client requirements an obstacle to BIM adoption

Challenges related to BIM implementation "start on day one" due to lack of clarity on the part of clients, Andrew Darlington tells Construction Week

Andrew Darlington is BIM manager at Ramboll.
Andrew Darlington is BIM manager at Ramboll.

Challenges related to implementing building information modelling (BIM) in projects may begin early in the planning process if clients lack clarity.

Andrew Darlington, the BIM manager of Ramboll, told Construction Week: “When [we adopt] BIM delivery methods, often the challenges start on day one.

"There are frequently difficulties in understanding the client’s initial BIM intentions or requirements. [Usually], we just see a couple of lines requesting that the project be delivered in BIM.

"There is a huge variation between what one can classify as BIM from a simply CAD (computer-aided drafting) drawing with a defined layering structure [and] fully detailed built models, with position validation gained from laser scanning and commissioning data included.”

In addition to unclear client requirements, BIM adoption in the GCC has been affected by low awareness among construction industry stakeholders of the full scope of uses and benefits available to them through the use of the technology.

Read: Does GCC construction understand what BIM means?

“There is a very distinct [difference] between delivering a model and realising the full benefits [that] a project in BIM could allow,” he continued.

“Focus is still directed towards highlighting potential clashes, while [not much attention is given] to potential data re-use within the models.”

Ramboll, he emphasised, has been ensuring the deployment of BIM resources in its projects.

“Ramboll has facilitated the construction of a number of complex projects across the GCC, from single-discipline specialists through to taking on lead consultant appointments,” said Darlington.

“We have found time and again that the adoption of BIM processes have helped accelerate the design process as a whole.”

He further noted that the company is “pushing hard to really harness the information generated” within its design process.

“The aim [is] to allow it to inform design decisions not only internally, within a single discipline, or even between areas for which Ramboll holds design responsibility, but right across all aspects of a project,” explained Darlington.

Check out the full special report on BIM in issue 673 of Construction Week, which will be published on 21 October, 2017.

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