Master Systems Architect approach key in unlocking BIM value, says ISG tech lead

10 October 2018

Master Systems Architect approach key in unlocking BIM value, says ISG tech lead

ISG’s tech lead, Paul Cook, has revealed how ISG’s Master Systems Architect approach is transforming the construction process in a recent insight piece for Public Sector Build Journal.

In support of ISG’s public sector framework rebid activity, head of technology, Paul Cook, shared his thoughts on where the construction industry and public sector are in terms of BIM adoption, and how far the technology has come since the Government’s BIM mandate in 2016. 

“There are certainly pockets of excellence within our industry and customer portfolios, but an emerging theme within the public sector is that we’re failing to successfully articulate how we can evolve this technology to bring transformational change,” he says.

Focusing on post-occupancy use of BIM, Paul delves into the importance of maintaining accurate data and educating end-users, in addition to the role of the Master Systems Architect (MSA) – a new approach that has been championed by ISG – as a radical shift in how we design and deliver new space.

“Construction has always worked best when everyone operates as part of a collaborative team,” Paul explains.

“BIM helps to foster these collaborative relationships as we all work within the same modelled universe, sharing data, design information and identifying issues that can be resolved virtually before a single boot hits site – but it’s so much more than that if we take a step back and look at the bigger picture. 

“This is the point where the MSA role comes in as an antidote to siloed thinking,” he continues. 

“The MSA is there to interrogate the brief, probe and understand why the physical infrastructure is required in the form it was initially envisaged, and, most importantly, how the new project fits within the context of the wider estate.”

Paul also shines a light on ISG’s innovative ‘smart form’ approach, which is ensuring that BIM data is accurate and reliable even after the building project has been handed over to the client.

“Our solution is the development of a smart form, permanently linked to the BIM database,” he says. 

“Every time a material change is made to components or specifications in the building, this data is entered once on the form and the asset register is fully updated.”

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