What are new-build investors requesting? Among other things, they expect sustainability, eco-friendly practices, and industry-best standards in construction.
Construction industry and BIM (building information modeling) certifications and standards are driving construction industry software solutions. Oracle Construction’s senior director Frank Weiss says as more companies integrate BIM best practices into engineering and construction solutions, the software will be redesigned to define and improve construction companies’ management.
‘Digital Twins’ in the Construction Industry
Digital twins are in-depth, detailed “virtual representations” of a construction project. The software version of your physical asset can give you the ability to reduce risks: You can “test” potential problems and adjust the design or construction. You can apply additional information throughout the structure’s lifespan.
Weiss says as the construction industry moves ahead with technology-driven building development, digital twins will become more prevalent. He noted, “This layered approach will not only improve efficiencies in the building process, but it will help provide a more complete and accurate representation of the building information that can be used throughout the life of the asset.”
Applying BIM Standards Nationally, Globally
In the United States, the National BIM Standard-United States® (NBIMS-US™) provides consensus-based standards and best business practices that can be used by the construction industry to deliver “high-performance, carbon-neutral, and net-zero energy-based facilities.”
AGC (Associated General Contractors) represents leading contractors in the USA. Its assessment-based Certificate of Management-Building Information Modeling (CM-BIM) denotes certification in BIM usage and processes.
Weiss says aligning your company with BIM solution providers in compliance with global standards can give you a business edge in a competitive market. For example, ISO 19650 takes a well-established and successful British BIM standard to an international level. Jøns Sjøgren, chair of the ISO technical subcommittee, says the ISO 19650 will generate “…more effective collaboration on global projects, but allows designers and contractors…to have clearer and more efficient information management.”
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