The sixth South East BIM Hub was held in the Hampshire County Council Elizabeth II Court, Winchester on the 6th November. The aim of this session was to discuss data management, Andy Hamer from CodeBook presented how his company can manage complex data as part of a construction project. Below are some notes from this session.
Allister Lewis presented the outcomes of the Hampshire County Council Property Services BIM Pilot project – Berewood Primary and illustrated some completed photos of this.
Mike Turpin from Capita finished the session by illustrating the issues of instigating BIM across a large organisation, in this case Capita and also compared challenges and benefits of BIM for the large and small practices. Mike is Head of BIM P & I at Capita.
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Andy Hamer from CodeBook
- CodeBook’s aim is to focus on the information not the graphical representation.
- Information and data management aims – Capture, Manage, Validate and Report.
- CodeBook provides the Common Data Environment for projects – e.g. a new build hospital in Montreal is currently being managed.
- Andy Hamer confirmed that “BIM is a disruptive technology”.
- There is a cost to BIM but there are benefits in the outcomes.
- Data is the elephant in the room – non graphical data and graphical data are different and should be managed differently.
- The UK BIM Task Group is the power behind BIM adoption globally now.
- Data sets are getting bigger – sectors outside healthcare are progressing quickly and are starting to require this to post completion use.
- Andy said that models are broken down into floors and component areas, never one model as this is too large to handle. How would you manage data from all these areas in one model? CodeBook links bi-directionally to the model allowing for updates and managing briefed information.
- The Employer’s Information Requirements (EIRs) and BIM Execution Plan (BIMEP) should specify exactly what Meta data is required at the outset.
- Andy said that currently there are limited database capabilities to all BIM authoring software, therefore a linking programme has significant benefits.
- Excel is great for limited data transport but not data management.
- Both Microsoft Access and Sequel (SQL) supported by CodeBook. SQL is where the industry is going for data management currently
- CodeBook aims to manage data without constraints; Centralised, rationalised, structured, verified.
- Acts as a Relational Database (RDB).
- Outputs COBie, room data sheets and ‘C’ sheets.
- There is a CodeBook mobile app for on site use.
- Andy confirmed that for a project of this size a Database manager is required on a job to manage the data from client and contractor/design team side.