Adoption of technology in the constructions sector has been slow, but the industry is increasingly becoming aware of the huge potential of modelling technologies such as BIM. Such potential is given mostly by the collaborative nature of BIM technologies, that allow to eliminate most of the communication-related delivery challenges of the industry.
The potential represented by the possibility of having time-, cost-, materials, -installation, etc. related information within the same model has been the main booster for BIM technologies, allowing to deliver constructions that are as close to the as-designed product as it was not even predictable a few decades ago.
But the potential of BIM spans beyond the design and delivery phases of construction projects: ‘as-built’ BIM are seen by facility managers, asset owners etc. as a key enabling technology for asset management with a strong focus on maintenance, energy efficiency, and resource planning. In this framework, the problem is quite the opposite: generating realistic, accurate and complete models that respond to the needs of involved stakeholders being as close as possible to the ‘as-built’.
It is in this context that many states across the world (just to mention a few: USA, UK, Germany, and Singapore etc.) are promoting the use of BIM techniques for new buildings through dedicated regulations, best practices, and circulars.