Round table ‘BIM Day’ was held as a part of the Business Programme of VII International Forum of Nuclear Industry Suppliers ATOMEX 2015. That table was devoted to issues of Building Information Modeling (BIM) in implementing investment and construction projects.
NACEC management, representatives of Rosatom State Corporation, consulting, engineering centres, and suppliers of multidimensional modelling software took part in the discussion, which was held at the exhibition booth of NACEC strategic partner – Branch Centre of the Capital Construction (OCKS), Rosatom.
Alexander Boldin, Head of Rosatom OCKS Project Office, the moderator of the round table informed about joint work of OCKS experts and representatives of working groups on developing BIM technologies at the RF Ministry of Construction, Housing and Utilities, Research Centre of Construction, Committee on Engineering under Union of Builders of Russia (RSS), and National Association of Construction Engineering Consultants (NACEC) that was founded under its auspices. He emphasized that specialists were assigned to develop and make required regulatory documents and templates available to all players in the market, to let them use new technologies quicker and easier. In particular, experts have to develop common industry standards on the technology and regulations on building an integrated 3D model of a facility, software for generating, coding, storage, and ensuring access to the information, including ‘cloud’ technologies and protection of the digital asset.
Nikolay Vikhanskiy, Rosatom OCKS Director Deputy on Development, highlighted the importance and relevance of discussing the topic of developing Building Information Modeling (BIM) in the construction business. ‘Implementing BIM is not just a new line of activity. It is a trump card of duly management of an investment and construction project, a vital necessity, which is required for innovative development’, he said. Nikolay Vikhanskiy also informed about preparations to launch an industry-based project on BIM-technologies in the framework of developing a common information space of the nuclear industry.
Possibility to use the Building Information Model (BIM) as one of the major tools and governing mechanisms of decision making during the whole life cycle (planning, design, construction, operation and demolition) was heavily discussed. This means to organize activities of an investor, client, designer, contractor, and operator in a common information space, which ensures integrated exchange of up-to-date data in standard formats, allows visualizing a work schedule, multi-level planning and duly allocation of resources.
Participants got especially interested in a report by Vladimir Davydov, a project manager in Rosatom OCKS, who delivered a systemic analysis of current status of business processes in designing, and provided recommendations on their improvement using information technologies. ‘In the existing technology all disciplines get involved in the process sequentially, thus extending the construction and design processes, and increasing the time required to effect and respond to changes. BIM technology allows arranging a collective work at a higher level and track changes’, the expert highlighted. In his opinion, using a common information model ensures decrease of facilities design schedule, cost, and construction schedule.
Besides, all participants of the round table agreed with the concept proposed by AVEVA representatives, which states that ‘for every real facility there should be a respective digital facility’. At the round table AVEVA representatives presented advantages of using ‘a digital asset of a project’, which includes not only a 3D model of buildings, equipment and utilities, but all parameters of facilities, documents and data from third parties’ systems, that are generated at various stages.
Developers of INTERGRAPH noted that an important feature of building a common environment of a project data is its ability to establish links between documents, a 3D model, and other data automatically. Observing common rules of coding ensures exact estimation of performance of set tasks, transparency of procurement and supply processes, maintenance of the integrity, and project progress evaluation.
Following the findings of the ‘round table’ it was decided to develop a plan of high priority steps on switching to BIM-technologies, in the framework of the working group of Committee on Engineering under Union of Builders of Russia (RSS), with NACEC experts acting as members of that group.
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