Do You Know the Most Essential Measurements in Building Information Modeling (BIM)?

As governments and owner operators put more demand on companies providing services in the architecture, engineering & construction (AEC) industry to accelerate digital transformation by adopting building information modeling (BIM) and digital twinning, they become acutely aware of their own capabilities – or lack thereof – to deliver on these requirements being asked of them. How can these capabilities be measured against themselves as well as their peers?

Often the first reaction is to purchase BIM software in the expectation that it will solve all their problems. Understanding the measurements of BIM is the first step and where Hexagon can be your trusted partner in your digital transformation journey.

Let’s first discuss your BIM-Quotient (BIM-Q).
BIM-Q is the measuring of BIM capability and capacity to optimize projects over their lifecycle. BIM-Q focuses on the principles of S.M.A.R.T. BIM to connect software, hardware and sensor technology to make infrastructure projects intelligent and autonomous. Let’s breakdown the measurements of S.M.A.R.T BIM.

• It is Systemized, meaning it has a set of workflows and business processes where contributors and stakeholders coordinate and collaborate on a project.
• It is Modeled, whereby design and attribute information is structured for optimization of data accuracy across the phases of a project lifecycle.
• It is Aware, as in the integration of autonomous and AI/ML technology takes a model and allows it to self-heal and proactively find and resolve issues before they happen on your project.
• It is anchored in Reality, where the digital recreation of real-world assets aid in the creation of a digital twin. True omni-directional flow of information always allows all stakeholders to see and experience the project.
• And lastly it is Temporal, by providing the capability to see the project in the past, present and future and achieve a true 5D project (3D+Cost+Schedule).

Why get SMART?
Use more of your data efficiently to increase your decision-making capabilities. Streamline your workflows and reduce wasted processes through total integration of technology to include software, hardware and sensors. Increase your project profitability through data transparency, accountability rules and project analysis. Build the foundation for autonomous project delivery.

Hexagon wants to be your trusted partner in your digital transformation journey. While meeting with your stakeholders, we can conduct a BIM-iQ assessment to gauge the intelligence of your BIM. The BIM-iQ assessment is a three-stage engagement with the goal of evaluating current states of work against defined S.M.A.R.T. BIM metrics. From there, we make recommendations that increase project efficiency as measured from Level BIM 1-5.

Step 1: Discover and document where we identify processes or workflows that slow progress or are prone to data loss and rework then document the workflow diagram.
Step 2: Score and summarize the workflow based on best-in-class industry standards and capabilities that meet the following criteria of design efficiency, collaboration and coordination, simulation and analysis, industry standards and communication and delivery; then we generate a report of findings with metrics and recommendations.
Step 3: Recommend and review the scores and documentation with helpful recommendations on increasing efficiency and aligning to desired outcome.

Contact Hexagon today to learn more about our BIM-iQ assessment to measure where you are in your digital transformation journey. Look for our next BIM-iQ blog topic where we will talk about “3 Ways to Raise your BIM-iQ in 2021.”


Brian Moura
Brian is an experienced corporate marketing, sales, consulting services and engineering professional with more than 39 years working with engineering systems supporting the AEC industry. He has worked on design teams for wastewater treatment, petrochemical, fossil fuel and nuclear power plant, product design and manufacturing facilities, utilities, biotech, pharmaceutical and government lab facilities and the transportation industry. He is degreed in computer aided drafting and design, graduating Suma Cum Laude from Johnson and Wales University and is also certified in mechanical engineering technology, graduating Suma Cum Laude from Sawyer School. He has served on a variety of software advisory boards such as AGC BIM Forum and ASHRAE TC1.5.

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