For owners and operators, to best exploit the value of BIM, it is always best to start with the “why”. The first step is to understand why the client or project will benefit from BIM and what drives the organisation’s needs – a large healthcare client has different objectives to a university, who conversely has very different goals to a residential developer. These are known as the Organisational Information Requirements (OIR).
The second step is understanding which operational assets are to be maintained and what information is needed to successfully manage this. This is known as the Asset Information Requirements (AIR). The OIR and AIR can be the same for the entire organisation.
From here, is created an Employers Information Requirement (EIR) document that sets out what is needed for the specific project – this would be informed by the OIR and include the AIR. The EIR should also include a BIM capability assessment for the project team as it is vital for success that a client procures those with the appropriate skills and resources to deliver the needs of the project. Adopting this simple step by step approach can help deliver real value for clients who are seeking to apply digital tools and processes to better manage their assets.