AEC: Implementing a BLM System to Achieve BIM Level 3

Industry leaders are using Building Lifecycle Management (BLM) to shift from Building Information Modeling (BIM) Level 2, to Building Information Management (BIM) Level 3 and extended collaboration.

Buying into BLM allows users to benefit from improved productivity, an increase in quality and value from suppliers, a reduction in waste, risk, and cost, all while gaining a competitive advantage.

Gain a competitive advantage with BLM

The U.K. government’s order for BIM adoption has helped a large portion of the sector transition from BIM Level 1 to Level 2. While some businesses are still attempting to discover efficiencies with BIM Level 2 processes, conventional workflows, and point solutions, industry innovators are rethinking cooperation and utilizing integrated BIM Level 3 technology to become more competitive.

Construction teams that successfully implement BIM Level 3 procedures have strategic benefits in that they produce better results with less waste, complete projects faster, and keep a healthy profit margin.

BIM Level 2 vs BIM Level 3

Although BIM Level 2 has given businesses an array of advantages, Level 2 tools tend to concentrate on design coordination issues and play little of a part in the building process.

Level 2 solutions are used to create models, which are then exported and imported into unconnected systems. Unintended effects of this handoff include data silos, errors, version control issues, and rework. The data that the design team generated at the start of the project does not transfer smoothly to the rest of the project delivery.

In the end, businesses lose control over their design intent, miss the chance to adapt for means and methods, and are forced into a reactive process of responding to Requests for Information (RFIs).

The only strategy that connects the data chain completely from beginning to end and contributes to end-to-end efficiency is BIM Level 3. BIM data is not transformed into files in a Level 3 system and distributed to other parties via email or FTP sites. Instead, a Single Source of Truth is constructed, kept in a cloud-based database, and made available to all project participants via web services.

Building lifecycle management and open cooperation are made possible by BIM Level 3, which enables data to be transacted for construction, manufacturing, and even facility management reasons.

How to catapult from BIM to BLM

In order to implement a highly effective BLM system with a BIM Level 3 approach, an Extended Collaboration model based on Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) and Manufacturing industry best practises should be initiated, to methodically lower costs, increase sustainability, and maximize value.

BLM, which is created by combining BIM data with PLM capabilities and processes, allowing for the improvement of construction predictability, long-term value for project owners, and profitability for project contributors.

Measured Implementation

The Design & Construction sector is prepared to revolutionise project collaboration now that it has adopted 3D and BIM data. A BLM system connects everyone involved in the supply chain, facilitates the construction process, and addresses persistent productivity issues.

The best method for successfully transitioning from BIM Level 2 to Level 3 is a well-planned progression. A business cannot hope to implement a comprehensive BLM system in one go because doing so would result in a significant disruption and reduced production.

A baseline should be established by an evaluation of the BIM adoption maturity level within an organisation. The extended project team can first introduce and perfect one new procedure, after which it can gradually embrace ever-more sophisticated procedures.

Customer-Driven Deployment

There isn’t one single implementation strategy that works for all businesses. The organization’s priorities should be the basis for each distinct BLM deployment. Depending on the needs of the organization, the extent of technology hardware and software may vary.

A “light” solution can run on either specialised hardware installed locally or on a public or private cloud. During training, process and technology experts may be brought in to collaborate with workers, lead workshops, and ensure that new workflows are understood and adopted effectively.

How we can help?

The 3DEXPERIENCE platform offers world-class PLM applications designed to unlock and maximise the value of BIM.

Providing a common understanding of BIM, BIM Levels, Extended Collaboration, and PLM concepts we are well-placed to assist you in lowering waste and costs, enhance sustainability, and gain greater value from construction processes.

Get in touch today to find out more about how 3DEXPERIENCE on the cloud can help you to implement your own BLM system to drive success.