Having sat in on two seminars at the UK Construction Week and Ecobuild on the subject, it was interesting to read the below reflection by Head of BIM at Assa Abloy Andy Stolworthy.
I have heard from both the services side, through large D&B Contractors, and building product manufacturers on the subject. Challenges have ran throughout its introduction, getting qualified people in-house, to making sure your product is "BIM proof".
Aside from being a reference tool for all working on a project, it's interesting to read how Assa are adopting the technology to maximise opportunities. Value engineering is a phrase that has become prevalent throughout the industry, with manufactures keen to offer a full solution, thus preserving and maximising margins.
When we initially created the UK Specification division, we were clear that a value add service was key to winning specifications above and beyond our product capability, and BIM was very much integral to this. Throughout the process (understanding the concept to reality) our view of BIM changed. The more we understood and spoke to architects and design-led contractors the more we realised that BIM wasn’t just about creating objects that fit into a certain software or work within a larger model but it’s about the quality of the data you provide. This is when our journey took a turn and we realised that the true goal for us and the real benefit for our clients was about adding value not meeting a required standard or being able to say “we’ve got BIM objects.”