Inventing the Future
by John Stebbins, Assoc. AIA
There is an emerging need for a professional service that can certify that the BIM model being handed over to the owner is indeed correct. A certification would show that there is proper consolidation of all BIMs (yes, currently there are many, not one) with all of the INFORMATION that the owner wants either already embedded or capable of being embedded. If owners really want a BIM deliverable at the end of the construction process as part of the hand over of the building, someone needs to create what I would call a “Federated Master Model.”
What is often handed over to the owner upon completion of a building is a DVD from the contractor with a coordinated model left over from the MEP Coordination process in Navisworks NWF or NWD format with a Freedom Viewer. With all the talk about BIM for operations and facilities management, a reliable, open (IFC) and integrated BIM model will be necessary. The big question is…who will provide this service…the architect, the contractor, a third party, the owner or owner’s agent, or the IPD Team before it devolves after completing the project?
“The best way to predict the future is to invent it.” – Alan Kay