BIM for dummies


BIM is for everyone, and everyone has to use it. A great advance for construction industry.

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BIM for dummies

Miguel Ángel Álvarez


Construction Productivity Abysmal and Owners Failing in their Stewardship Role

LEAN Construction Project Delivery Methods - Job Order Contracting, IPD, 5D BIM

  • Technology is an enabler, but in itself incapable of truly impacting construction productivity… AND we are software developers!

    The key to construction productivity improvement lies within collaboration, standardized information, metrics, viable strategy, and continuous improvement… basically LEAN business process.

    That said, proven LEAN business process for construction have existed for decades… IPD – integrated project delivery for major new construction, and JOC – job order contracting for renovation, repair, sustainability and minor new construction… being notable examples. Supporting technology has been in place for similar time periods.

    Until Owners take responsibility for the built environment, significant construction productivity gain will remain impossible. Leadership and knowledge with respect to life-cycle management of the built environment is visibly lacking across most public and private sectors. We are well beyond time for change and the environmental/economic clock continues to click on.

    Construction Productivtiy Job Order Contracting / Integrated Project Delivery

    Construction Productivity - US DeclineJob Order Contracting - LEAN ConstructionJOC Paper

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Número 2 del Spanish Journal BIM/Spanish Journal BIM #2

Ha salido el número 2 del Spanish Journal BIM, publicación del Building Smart Spanish Chapter, que incluye nuestro artículo sobre Project Management y BIM de acuerdo a la Guía del PMBoK Quinta Edición, base de nuestra actividad como empresa.

Miguel Ángel Álvarez

Spanish Journal BIM #2 has recently been presented. A Building Smart Spanish Chapter publication includes our post about Project Management & BIM, following PMBoK Guide Fifth Edition, which constitutes the base of our business activity.

Miguel Ángel Álvarez

Construction Productivity Goals 2025 – UK versus US – Improving Construction Productivity

LEAN Construction Project Delivery Methods - Job Order Contracting, IPD, 5D BIM

I submit that a 50% improvement in construction project delivery is possible in twelve months, let alone 2025.

Efficient project delivery methods such as Integrated Project Delivery – IPD for major new construction, and Job Order Contracting – JOC for renovation, repair, sustainability, and minor new construction, among others, are proven and have been practiced effectively for decades.  Both construction delivery methods drive collaboration and transparency (the two keys to productivity improvement), leverage well defined best management practices and processes, and have supporting technology is readily available.

So, what is stopping an major improvement in construction productivity?

  1. Lack of education,
  2. Cultural blockades set up by AEC firms,and
  3. The failure of both Owners and Governments to accept responsibility and stewardship with respect to the life-cycle management of the built environment.

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To learn more:

Center for JOC Excellence –

Article – Saving…

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Saving Time And Money On The Estimation Process – Massachusetts Contractors Academy

LEAN Construction Project Delivery Methods - Job Order Contracting, IPD, 5D BIM

24/7 Massachusetts Contractors Academy

Expert Interview with Peter Cholakis Of 4Clicks On Saving Time And Money On The Estimation Process

Saving time and moneyEstimation is an important aspect of the bidding process. It allows your company to pitch its best ideas for the best possible costs, helping your company to stand out from the competition – if it’s a good estimation.

As the world gets increasingly more complicated with more things to keep track of by less people, organization and optimization are mandatory for every aspect of business, especially the estimate.

4Clicks provides advanced solutions for the construction industry, most notably with the e4Clicks software which streamlines the estimation process. e4Clicks may be “made by and for conractors,” but it’s good enough for the Department of Defense.

4Clicks’ Peter Cholakis took a moment to tell us about the software and…

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Line Item Cost Estimating with RSMeans for Job Order Contracting and Supporting 4Clicks Software

LEAN Construction Project Delivery Methods - Job Order Contracting, IPD, 5D BIM

Plan, Contract, and or Bid JOC Projects Efficiently

best joc software
Owners –

– Develop objective, transparent, cost-effective and successful JOC Programs

– Manage your own destiny

– Better communicate with and better support your selected Contractors

– Adopt the industry standard – 80%+ of all JOCs are based upon RSMeans Cost Data (typically the RSMeans Facilities Cost Book)

– Develop long-term relationships with Contractors

– Easily provide detailed oversight for all projects and funds

– Use defensible, objective, cost data

– Easy compare your estimates with Contractor estimates using automation – comment at a line item level!

– Take advantage of visual estimating / automated QTO and advanced Pattern Search

– Manage multiple Contracts, Projects, Estimates, Co-efficients, UPBs, CCIs and more!


– Bid with confidence and win more JOCs – Put your best foot forward!

– Manage multiple JOCs, co-efficient, subs, UPBs, CCIs, and more.

– Better support Owner needs


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European University of Madrid Survey: Implementation of Building Information Modeling (BIM) in the Construction Industry

Digital Transformation in Construction

Dear colleagues,

This questionnaire is part of a Research Study of Universidad Europea de Madrid, which looks upon the implementation of Building Information Modeling (BIM) in the Construction Industry. We are asking for your participation in this survey which main aim is to investigate the use of BIM based software. We are really interesting in knowing your opinion whatever your level of expertise.

All the results will be published and will be very useful for the AEC stakeholders and BIM researchers.


Thank you very much for your help.



Implantación de herramientas BIM en los Proyectos de Edificación y Construcción

Estimados colegas,

Formo parte de un equipo de investigación de la Universidas Europea de Madrid que está realizando un estudio sobre el empleo de las herramientas BIM en los Proyectos de Edificación y Construcción.
Me gustaría pedirles su colaboración participando en la siguiente encuesta:


Podrán conocer las…

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BIM Academy en Italia

BIM Academy

Bim Academy, ayuda a difundir las enormes posibilidades que BIM ofrece y organiza unas conferencias sobre los usos del BIM en Italia

Porque BIM?
¿Cree usted todavía no tener excusas para no intentar utilizar el “Modelado de información de un edificio” (Building Information Modeling – BIM)?
Escuchamos todo tipo de excusas “demasiado duro “,”muy caro y no lo podemos permitir”, “En nuestro estudio, no necesitamos”, etc…
Estos son sólo excusas, no razones. En realidad están mucho más preparados de lo que piensas.

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Las conferencias están distribuidas en tres días, todos ellas contienen los mismos puntos, por lo que solo afecta el cambio de horas y la situación, ya que cada día es un lugar distinto. os dejamos un guión de las conferencias para que podáis ver los puntos que se tratarán.


Inicio recogida de firmas
Presentación a cargo de los ponentes y de las órdenes de un representante del…

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BIM & SCAN : Integration for Prospect with Headcount Engineering

BIM Outsourcing

The UK 2016 government mandate expresses the need for efficient BIM methodologies, e.g. stakeholder collaboration and utilization of BIM standards, in its 2011 Government Construction Strategy, and the Irish AEC/FM sector (and EU in general) are following suit with these guidelines, standards, and protocols.

The US Department of Commerce’s National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) calculated an estimation in 2004 that $4.8 billion was used up every year just to confirm that the captured building information symbolizes exact building condition.

Presently the PAS 1192 documents recommend Level 2 BIM as the standard of integrated practice, but the goal of Headcount Engineering is the utilization of methodologies that will qualify the test of time and be relevant now and in the future, e.g. Level 3 utilizing open standards and virtual common data environments. These industry tendencies have been led Headcount Engineering in the directed to develop best practices in relation…

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Definition of Cloud Computing

This is not the future, it is the present: Efficient Construction Project Delivery Methods

LEAN Construction Project Delivery Methods - Job Order Contracting, IPD, 5D BIM

The NIST Definition of Cloud Computing
Cloud computing is a model for enabling ubiquitous, convenient, on-demand network access to a shared pool of configurable computing resources (e.g., networks, servers, storage, applications, and services) that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort or service provider interaction. This cloud model is composed of five essential characteristics, three service models, and four deployment models.

Essential Characteristics:
On-demand self-service. A consumer can unilaterally provision computing capabilities, such as server time and network storage, as needed automatically without requiring human interaction with each service provider.
Broad network access. Capabilities are available over the network and accessed through standard mechanisms that promote use by heterogeneous thin or thick client platforms (e.g., mobile phones, tablets, laptops, and workstations).
Resource pooling. The provider’s computing resources are pooled to serve multiple consumers using a multi-tenant model, with different physical and virtual resources dynamically assigned and reassigned…

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