What Was BIM4Real?

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A Workshop

BIM4Real was a workshop held on June 19th 2013 at Ramboll’s offices in central London. Around 60 people attended and were split into 5 different tables. Each table was chaired. These chair people both guided the discussion and summarised each session.

BIM4Real was supported by Excitech Ltd, Ramboll and Atkins.

Who Attended?

The event was attended by some of the most technically competent people from the UK Construction industry. These represented everyone from sole traders, through small enterprises to large consultancies. In this mix were structural engineers, architects, building services engineers, managers, contractors, clients and consultants. The BIM4Real event was an invite only event; with a selection committee ensuring a diverse range of people were in attendance.

What Was It About?

Project Delivery

The workshop focused on the delivery of a sample project, in this case a Hardware Store in the city of Shrewsbury in the UK. The project and client were completely fictional.

The Employers Information Requirements

The fictional client was represented as a reasonably well informed employer whom had produced an Employer Information Requirement document. This document can be downloaded by clicking here. This stated the employers BIM Maturity Level 2 requirements. These requirements included the need to design and construct employers facility in a quality assured collaborative manner. In this case the PAS1192-2:2013 specification was referenced to as a process to follow. This was intended to reduce waste by delivering a more efficient build process. There was also a documented requirement to handover asset information including specification and operational data.

Project Team

Those attending were asked to act like they were a project team. In three separate stages, Project Kick-Off, Design Delivery and Construction and Operation they had to discuss and, if possible, define how they would act to deliver the Employers Information Requirements. This document outlines the outcomes from these discussions and outputs from them. It focuses on where consensus was reached and suggestions made and where there was confusion and thus challenges to resolve.

Had To Be Real

Everybody was asked to relate the delivery of this project to known ways of working. This included limitations in organisational capability and understood process as well as software and hardware capability. To assist in this, each group had access to a significant amount of information including protocol documents such as PAS1192:2 and laptops with software and example models.

Discussion Areas

The chair people were asked to target outcomes in the following areas in each of the three stages;

Project Kick-Off


  • Employers Information Requirements Response - Understanding of how the team would go about setting up the project in response to the Employers requests
  • Delivery Method - The team’s delivery method and how they would document this. Also who would document this?
  • Roles - Understanding of roles within the team. Who would be responsible for what?

Design Delivery


  • Who Does What? - Looking at particular design scenarios. What is the best method for the team to deal with them in a collaborative way while meeting the employer requirements?
  • Traditional vs. New Process - Looking at the requirements of BIM Maturity Level 2, what is new from what we currently do? What can be tweaked to meet requirement? What just works already?
  • Coordinated Design - How do we model to ensure the entire project requirement, including construction and operation are met?
  • Information Exchange - What is the best controlled method to distribute this information to enable collaboration?

Construction and Operation


  • Bridging The Gap - Ensuring effective handover of design space BIM’s to the contractors and building operators.
  • Interference Checking - Defining responsibility for model interference checking, reporting and resolution management
  • Quantification - Defining workflow for the costing and quantification of a project.
  • Construction Management - Integration methodologies.

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