Sustainable Development & BIM – The Role of the 5D Quantity Surveyor

Publisher:
Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors
Publication Type:
Conference Proceeding
Citation:
CONGRESS PROCEEDINGS FOR THE 21ST ANNUAL PACIFIC ASSOCIATION OF QUANTITY SURVEYORS CONGRESS, 2017
Issue Date:
2017-12-01
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BIM and its allied digital technologies provide enormous opportunities for project cost management professionals to dramatically improve the quality, speed, accuracy, value and sophistication of their cost management services. This is particularly the case during the design development stages when various design options are being proposed and evaluated. The ability of the quantity surveyor to use these digital technologies to provide quick and accurate cost advice throughout the design simulation process provides an enormous opportunity for the profession to play a key leading role in sustainable design development. BIM technologies facilitate the rapid simulation of a large number of sustainable design possibilities and the ability of the quantity surveyor to provide accurate and fast cost advice on these simulations is critical. The purpose of this paper is to explore the issues faced by firms in realizing these opportunities and to identify successful practices, procedures and strategies that firms are implementing. The research methodology for the paper is based on detailed interviews with Quantity Surveying firms and case studies of quantity surveying firms that are leading the way. The results show that there is a consistent pattern in relation to the main issues and problems and what was needed to be successful. The greatest issues related to the quality/comprehensiveness of the BIM models, difficulties with designers not providing full access to the models and software/standards compatibility issues. Successful strategies were clearly based on strong commitment and leadership from company directors and positive approaches to dealing with the issues and challenges faced.
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