SHP takes Building Information Modeling (BIM) very seriously and has been recognized as one of the most fluent adopters of the methodology. To help share our work around BIM, SHP hosted a “BIM Symposium” last week at the University of Cincinnati that was specifically focused on how BIM is being used in higher education. I am typically tangentially involved in all of our BIM efforts because of the numerous overlaps between BIM, Integrated Project Delivery, Facilities Maintenance, and Sustainable Design, but the symposium was a great chance for me to catch up on all of the recent advances we have made on the BIM front. Part of the day was a re-cap of the BIM standards that SHP has developed in conjunction with Indiana University. These standards must be acknowledged and accepted by all design and construction teams who wish to be part of building projects of $5 million or more at Indiana University.
A crucial part of the standards is the BIM Proficiency Matrix. This matrix is a self assessment tool that aims to identify a firm’s grasp and implementation of BIM. This whole BIM movement has a lot of the potential pitfalls of the Green movement; all of a sudden, everyone is claiming to be a BIM master, but we know that just can’t be true. The BIM Proficiency Matrix is sort of akin to a LEED certification or a GREENGUARD Certification- it is a way to sort of assess and then “prove” your BIM abilities as a means of identifying who truly understands BIM versus who is simply dabbling in a BIM-capable environment like Revit or Bentley. The difference, of course, is that Green certifications have evolved from self assessments into actual third-party verifications. Is that the future of our BIM Proficiency Matrix? I guess only time will tell.