Defense spending may be down somewhat, but there’s still plenty of project dollars out there if you know where to look.
3. TAKING BIM TO THE NEXT LEVEL: O&M
With BIM gaining widespread adoption for design in military projects, the armed forces are looking to take parametric modeling to the next step—using the technology for operations and maintenance. “DoD uses a fair amount of Web-based applications for building management,” says Hansen. “There’s been quite a bit of discussion to link data from BIM to those applications.” Kurt Ubbelohde, Leo A Daly’s corporate director of federal programs, points out that the Navy has taken to calling BIM “building information management,” not “modeling.”
Another key development involving BIM is standardization of designs. “We’re shifting from a one-off procurement basis to massive numbers of housing, dining, and headquarters facilities that can be done through a centers-of-standardization approach,” Ubbelohde says. BIM is an essential tool for achieving and using standard designs that are readily adaptable to local conditions.