RTC North America and Data Day
Although big data has been a hot topic of discussion in many industries, it has just recently started to become a bigger focus in the AECO/FM industry. People are now starting to understand the importance of BIM data, particularly how to manage it, how to ensure data quality and how to leverage that data to benefit their projects.
On July 13, I had the opportunity to attend RTC and the inaugural Data Day in Scottsdale, Arizona. The purpose of Data Day was to discuss both current and potential use of data within the AECO/FM industry. Although the event featured conversation on many data-related AECO/FM topics, such as model hygiene, model best practices and checking, implementing COBie and handover requirements, I found the keynote by Kimon Onuma, president of Onuma, Inc., to be particularly interesting.
The concept of Minimum Viable BIM
In his presentation, Kimon discussed a new concept he calls “minimum viable BIM.” The idea of minimum viable BIM relates to BIM as a handover experience. When you hand over a model, you may think you need to include everything and the kitchen sink (literally) when it comes to data. However, FM people don’t necessarily need all of that data. Since owners don’t have a need to track a lot of this granular data, why overload the handover process with data you don’t need that will only add chaff to the process? Instead, you can introduce a minimum BIM requirement to simplify the process.
BIM Assure and BIM Data Quality
As Kimon talked through the concept, I couldn’t help but think about how BIM Assure, our new cloud-based, collaborative BIM data management platform, could help facilitate the idea of minimum viable BIM. During the design process, you need to have all that data in the working model in order for it to be itemized on billable forms. You can validate that all the content and data is there in BIM Assure, and when deliverable time rolls around, you can create rules in BIM Assure to revalidate that all of that data was there. However, during the handover process, you can create rules in BIM Assure to highlight unnecessary model elements or data and then check that the data has been removed. Looking forward, cloud-based tools also open up the possibility of sharing data through web services instead of handing over a file. This could mean real-time access to information as it is gathered, checked and shared.