Last edited 07 Dec 2020

BIM actual digital question

Building information modelling (BIM) is a very broad term that describes the process of creating and managing digital information about a built asset.

The effectiveness of BIM is largely dependent on the timely procurement of information needed to make key project decisions, as set out in the employer's information requirements (EIR).

PAS 1192:2 Specification for information management for the capital/delivery phase of construction projects using building information modelling, suggest that the employer's information requirements may be based around a series of simple plain language questions (PLQ), that the employer will wish to answer at key stages to assess whether the project is developing as required, and whether it should proceed to the next stage.

High level plain language questions may be broken down into more specific, component questions, and where possible, may be formulated into 'actual digital question' (ADQ) that can be answered with a specific piece of digital information. For example "do the areas on the schedule of accommodation meet the requirements of the brief ?" might be answered by comparing a schedule of accommodation with the project brief provided, both prepared in a suitable digital format.

In some cases, the use of BIM can allow the automatic generation of suitable information, and can automatically generate an answer to an actual digital question. This can be an effective and efficient way of presenting decision makers with the very best information possible, in the shortest timescale.

See plain language questions for more information.

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