LEAD BIM COORDINATOR
At the forefront of every successful BIM project, is a competent and experienced lead BIM coordinator. It is these individuals duty to:
Implement BIM Execution Plan:
If the BIM process is a building, the BIM Execution Plan, or BEP, is the foundation that supports the building. It is an essential part of the process in that it lays out the specific project requirements, roles & responsibilities, and key milestones to follow to make the process run smoothly. These requirements usually come from a combination of the owner, GC, and Lead BIM Coordinator. Intentio will work with all parties to develop a BEP that is customized to fit the project.
Develop 3D Federated Model:
Prior to the kick-off of the BIM process, it is the responsibility of the Lead BIM Coordinator to create a working 3D model, based on the supplied information from the design team, typically architecture and structural. This model must be located properly so that all trades models and future A/E updates reference that same location. At this time a working coordination model can be created that is prepped for the trades models eventual input. Clash sets can also be created in advance to prepare for the first clash report.
Host Weekly BIM meetings:
Along with the initial BIM kick-off meeting, organized to introduce the team, weekly BIM meetings are held as a way to keep the team on track to meet the construction schedule and to address any clashes that cannot be resolved by the internal collaboration of the team. These meetings are not used to address individual clashes as that can overly extend the meetings. This is the responsibility of the trades to resolve on their own time the week prior. Meetings can be held onsite or via web meeting at the sole discretion of the GC/CM.
Run Clash Detection:
Once all trades have been brought on board and have posted their first 3D file per the requirements set up in the BEP, the Lead BIM Coordinator can run clash detection on a trade versus trade basis. It is essential that a strict posting schedule is set up and adhered to, as to allow enough time for this process to be completed prior to the weekly meetings. The clash detection will then be transferred to Intentio's customized report and sent to the GC and trade detailers.
Create Filtered Clash Reports:
Clash reports, dependent on the file types used, can quickly get out of control if not handled correctly. A major function of the Lead BIM Coordinator is to properly filter the data into a report that is both detailed and realistic. An unfiltered report can mean the difference in the team spending days versus hours to review the data. Intentio has perfected the art of filtering clashes and in the end, it helps to speed the process along!
Provide Cloud-Based File Sharing Site:
An adequate cloud-based share site is extremely important in the overall documentation of the process. A quality share site will give the Coordinator the ability to quickly pull up any version of a trade's model to troubleshoot any issues that arise in the field or discrepancies in the model during the coordination process. A good share site will also make sure to lock down permissions to folders to only those that need access to avoid other trades from accidentally tampering with files. This can be the difference between a smooth process and a catastrophic project halt. Intentio takes this all into account to ensure a BIM process that is easy for all contractors and advantageous for the end users.
Each task is essential to keeping a BIM process, and in the end the construction process, on track. You need a strong partner in this process. Let Intentio be that partner!