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BIM or IPD: forget the labels!

I have mentioned BIM but this project is more aligned with an IPD (Integrated Project Delivery) philosophy of which BIM is an integral part.

IPD: Integrated Project Delivery is a delivery system that seeks to align interests, objectives and practices, even in a single business, through a team-based approach. The primary team members include the architect, key technical consultants as well as a general contractor and key subcontractors. The IPD system is a process where all disciplines in a construction project work as one firm, creating faster delivery times, lower costs, no litigation and a more enjoyable process for the entire team – including the owner.

BIM: Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of a facility. A BIM is a shared knowledge resource for information about a facility forming a reliable basis for decisions during its life-cycle; defined as existing from earliest conception to demolition.

Definitions are from Wikipedia. As BIM develops as a process so it more encompasses the many aspects of IPD. This is where it gets confusing as one evolves into another thus the reason why I am not keen on labeling the design workflow solutions as described on this blog; which is simply a logical, common sense approach to project design based on good engineering practices!.

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We need to look at the whole picture and not take anything for granted.

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