NATSPEC has released a building information modeling (BIM) guide that is intended to clarify what is meant when BIM is required on a project. “Too often a client has talked about wanting BIM on a project without clarifying their requirements in a consistent manner,” according to the non-profit organization. “The guide will reduce confusion and wasted effort. The guide can also be used as a planning tool by consultants to clarify the services they propose to provide when preparing bids for projects.”
The guide resulted from an industry-wide collaboration and the support of the Built Environment Industry Innovation Council.
In introducing the guide, the Sydney, Australia-based organization noted that BIM has the potential to provide a platform for integrated project delivery, improve sustainability outcomes through modeling, increase productivity through decreasing variations during construction, and provide a tool for facilities and asset management.
While the guide is expected to remain constant for several years, the supplementary documents -- including the NATSPEC BIM Reference Schedule and NATSPEC BIM Object/Element Matrix -- can be updated, as required, to reflect the developing BIM industry and international developments and systems, the organization explained.
In addition, NATSPEC is expected to release the National BIM Management Plan within the next few months.
NATSPEC is a not-for-profit organization with the objective to improve the quality of construction in Australia. Its major service is the national specification system. NATSPEC is the trading name of Construction Information Systems LTD.
A NATSPEC spokesperson did not immediately respond toConstruction Project Controls and BIM Report’s request for additional information.
Reference documents on BIM are available atwww.natspec.com.au.