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BIM Code Enforcement Report Summary March 2012


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Use of Building Information Models and related business processes can save municipal code enforcers time and money according to a FIATECH study summarized here. These processes can be tied to energy savings that help governments save measurable amounts of money.

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BIM Code Enforcement Report Summary March 2012

  1. 1. FIATECH Activities Address the “Last Mile” of BIM Code Enforcer Study Engages Key Building Industry Professionals March 2012 Source Link: Education Co-op Summary:Code enforcement agencies can gain dramatic cost savings by adopting Building InformationModel business processes according to a 24-page study by building industry associationFAITECH. Conclusions of the study indicate that municipalities can use Building InformationModel business processes to manage their workflows in a highly effective manner.Key Extracts:“In general, the application and use of rules for automated code checking were receivedextremely well with little or no negative feedback or trepidation from the Authorities HavingJurisdiction.”“The comments and feedback were overwhelmingly positive, with particular excitement aboutthe ease of use of the interface and the simplicity of the workflow.“Other than a few who expressed concerns about training time required, the AuthoritiesHaving Jurisdiction (contacts) did not convey any concerns about technology and automatedcode checking negatively impacting their processes or turnaround times, and in factacknowledged the great potential for improvements in time requirements, processes andprocedures.
  2. 2. “Now that the project has gained traction and momentum, it will be an ongoing requirement tocontinue to promote, inform and educate any and all who are members of the regulatoryecosystem.“This is a long-term requirement to ensure that all impacted parties clearly understand what isinvolved to move from a paper-based, inefficient and extremely inconsistent process to ahybrid (2D and BIM), consistent and efficient workflow.“It should be noted that the Project Team did not underestimate the magnitude of the ultimatetask at hand—a process transformation that will impact thousands of cities, companies andindividuals.“1. Not all models are equal - Essentially, a model must be authored with consideration givento the type of facility and what analysis is planned for the model, once created (e.g. energyanalysis, circulation, safety or access).2. There is a huge requirement for change.3. Reporting is an important consideration.4. There is an opportunity, and perhaps a need, to establish confidence within the AuthoritiesHaving Jurisdiction as the model becomes more central to the code checking process.5. The Authorities Having Jurisdiction have been left out of the BIM discussion, as well as theworkflow.“In conclusion, the AutoCodes Phase 1 Project has provided the necessary foundation for theCommittee’s continuing effort to establish a more comprehensive Digital Review Process thatstreamlines regulatory review and delivers consistent, verifiable code-check results.”_______________________________________________________________________________________________________The BIM Education Co-op believes that these FIATECH activities constitute the“last-mile” of Building Information Model Implementation on a global scale. It isnot until code officials can effectively use Building Information Model processesand software that proven benefits can be gained on a large-scale by focusedcommunities.FIATECH, a building industry association dedicated to building industryprofitability improvements using advances tools and processes, is expandingits AutoCode initiative with exploration of accessibility, life-safety and egressissues at healthcare facilities. See the following chart, which is included in thefull report.Target is to be commended for its leadership in the FIATECH RegulatoryStreamlining Committee that prepared the report.See:
  3. 3. Phase 2: Widen Vertical Industry and AHJ Participation, Expand Code Classes“Kaiser Permanente, a recognized leader in the healthcare services market, will contributeresources for the development of technology and processes relating to Accessibility, Egressand Fire & Life Safety codes applied to healthcare facilities.”BIM Education Co-op Conclusion: Involvement with the buildingSMART alliance, whichalready exists through Kaiser Permanentes BIMStorm activities, will greatly benefit theexcellent FIATECH work that is already in progress.