October 2015: How to implement BIM methodologies quickly and easily

Managers of property data who are looking for ways to implement building information modelling (BIM) methodologies in their working practices are likely to know there is an important deadline looming. Next year, the government mandate that all public sector building work will be using Level 2 BIM arrives.

In addition, in highly competitive industries such as retail and construction, the trend for advancement and fast-paced progress is an added pressure. These two reasons alone make it easy to see why it is so important to implement the next level BIM quickly and seamlessly.

Because Level 2 BIM involves collaborative working, mostly with how information is exchanged, it has been noticeable that developments in 3D software modelling have been slow to keep up with demand. From as few as four years ago, there has been a heightened awareness of the need to advance technology and process in the building and construction industries.

In May 2011, the UK Cabinet Office published a Construction Strategy that cemented the future of BIM compliance for good. In addition to stating plans to implement 3D BIM in all projects by 2016, the government’s report set a target of 20% reduction in capital cost and carbon burden from the construction and operation of built environments.

If this new public-sector requirement inadvertently highlighted a need for progress and technological development in a fast moving and growing industry, how can those behind in the commercial world catch up?

Given there is less than four months to meet with government standards, property managers in any industry need to move quickly.

A recent innovation can address implementation concerns. Developed as part of the Autodesk programme in San Francisco, Elecosoft launched a new online 3D model viewer that gives a complete view of over 50 different CAD file formats. In the final stages of beta testing, the innovation called IconOrbit allows users to fly around, explore and interrogate CAD files without fussing over new system or software implementation, and gives instant access.

The software innovation received praise from Autodesk’s Chief Software Architect, Jim Awe, “For far too long, designers have been forced to sync associated data back into the original 3D model where it doesn’t really belong. What Elecosoft has done is an awesome demonstration of the principle of Internet-enabled design data: the data can reside and be managed in the appropriate place, but is still visible and accessible in the context of the model.”

With IconOrbit, there is no need for plug-ins, add-ins or specific device-installed software. Designs of 3D models can be shared without sharing the original model, and users can view live data instead of old information. In short, Orbit means users can implement BIM and meet the government mandate easily, without interruption to existing systems or processes.

IconOrbit is available online now and can be trialled by visiting http://orbit.vision/