Complete Digital Integration

Making Cents with BIM and VDC

Adding Value to Model Integration and Design Collaboration

“If a Picture contains One Thousand Words . . .
A Model contains One Thousand Pictures”
Edward McCracken (former CEO – SGI)

Complete Digital Integration (CDI) specializes in the implementation, support, and project management techniques associated with the successful integration of Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Virtual Design & Construction (VDC).  Utilizing proven methodologies and the latest technology platforms, CDI leverages our expertise to assist you in maximizing your opportunities for successful 3D / 4D technology integration, with an emphasis placed on the visual aspects of model collaboration and communication.  CDI has the proven expertise in the successful integration of complex 3D digital data from multiple native design sources into a centric data model. 

There really is no doubt that we are still in the “wonder years” of the Architectural – Engineering – Construction and Owners transformation; however, one thing is clear, the industry is not going back.  The BIM revolution is happening from the bottom up, driven by individuals and companies who see the potential and devote their energies towards building the bright new future of the construction industry.  If you have already begun the journey, congratulations, you have more fellow travelers every day.  And if you are still waiting to take the first step, don’t wait too much longer.  The longer you wait the further behind you will be.

If you are moving from "Lonely BIM" - building models for internal use only - to an environment where you will be sharing your models with external partners - "Social BIM," or if you are just starting down the path of BIM and/or VDC, there are some basic considerations you need to address that will impact your progression.  One of those key elements is the impact to your work processes and the intra and inter-relationships required to work within a collaborative environment. 

Autodesk has released a document entitled the "BIM Communications Specification" (you can get a copy here -
BIMCS) - which when combined with additional related documentation will provide you with a strong foundation to establish working relationships as you move forward. 

Autodesk's BIMCS is indeed a thorough description of a communication process pertaining to implementation of Integrated Project Delivery (IPD).  It is the description of a process first, which contains within it duties and responsibilities and closely follows the specifications detailed in the Special Purpose Entity (SPE) Agreement(s) and Document E202™-2008 offered by the AIA.

In May of 2008 the AIA updated their Contract Documents to include Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) templates.  AIA Document E202™-2008 is a solid step forward to incorporate a LEAN methodology in project delivery in that it establishes a relationship for the “sharing” of models throughout the course of a complete project.  This document is the first of its kind in the industry, and was written by industry practitioners as a practical tool for managing the use of BIM/VDC.  Among other things, it sets the requirements and authorized uses for BIM/VDC content, and identifies BIM/VDC authors at five progressive levels of development. It also establishes protocols for model ownership, conflict resolution, storage, viewing, and archiving.  Although written primarily to support a project using IPD where a Single Purpose Entity (SPE) has been established, E202-2008 may also be used with more traditional methods of project delivery.   E202–2008 is a hands-on working tool for all project participants.  The Exhibit addresses head-on the following questions:  Who is responsible for each element of the model and to what level of development?  What are authorized uses for the model?  To what extent can users rely on the model?  Who will manage the model?  Who owns the model at each stage of development? You can grab a sample of this document here - E202-2008.  The complete set of documents are available on the AIA WEB site

Another set of documents that you should consider when formulating your BIM/VDC standards and contract documents are those being written by, and for owners, contractors, subcontractors, designers, and sureties.  This set of documents includes more than 70 contracts and forms, and address all project delivery methods. These best practice documents address cutting edge issues such as electronic communications, lean construction, and building information modeling (BIM).  
ConsensusDOCS 200.2: Electronic Communications
Protocol Addendum - Determines acceptable formats and technology for electronic communications, including Building Information Management (BIM). This ground-breaking document allows for communications management and consistency throughout the project.  In June of 2008 an update and addition to the ConsensusDOCS documents occurred and document 301 (BIM Addendum) was added to address the uncertainties of BIM implementation.  You can get additional information at their WEB site - ConsensusDOCS

The relationships of the players in an integrated project delivery team are fundamentally altered, which requires — and will give rise to — new forms of standard contract documents, such as those offer by these two organizations, that address important issues such as; compensation, risk allocation, and intellectual property.  Whether you elect to use the AIA, ConsensusDocs, or a blended set of contractual documents, you will find that changes in business models, scopes of services and deliverables will redefine the relationships of the interested parties around measured outcomes, shared risks and shared rewards. 

BIM solutions enable IPD and integrated design and construction and can deliver dramatic advances in building technology, but the full potential of BIM will not be achieved without adopting structural changes to existing project delivery methods.  In 2007, the AIA - California Council published Integrated Project Delivery: A Working Definition to describe the IPD project delivery method - you can grab of copy of that publication by
hitting this link

In 2008, in conjunction with the AIA - National Office, IPD: A Guide was published.  In addition to defining IPD, the Guide describes how traditional project delivery methods can benefit from adopting individual concepts and tools from the IPD method.  You can grab of copy of that publication by
hitting this link.  In the later part of 2008 Autodesk released a White Paper - Improving Building Industry Results through Integrated Project Delivery and Building Information Modeling.  This is a great White Paper that you should take a look at as you move forward.  You can download a copy here.

As you transition your efforts make sure that you contract with knowledgeable sources for training and ongoing consulting.  It is doubtful that you have the expertise in house to get your organization up to a competent level of use with the software and the changes required with your work processes as you move forward with model-based design.  An objective third party analysis of your current processes and suggestions for change that are free of bias towards "established traditions" will provide significant beneftis to your efforts.

Engage with an organization that has an understanding of your business and how the creation tools can provide a direct benefit to your organization and your customer.  Moving from lines, circles, and arcs to an object based technology will take some time.  Do not expect to make that transition over night and without training and on-going support. 

CDI specializes in the implementation, support, and project management techniques associated with the implementation of Building Information Modeling (BIM) and Virtual Design & Construction (VDC) for the design and construction industries.  Utilizing proven methodologies and the latest technology platforms, CDI leverages our expertise to assist you in maximizing your opportunities for successful 3D / 4D technology integration.

Why not give us a call so we can discuss how CDI can assist you in your movement forward.  We look forward to hearing from you . . . .



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