I am a manager of construction information, tools and people .
I believe that hands-on manipulating of project information by all project participants is the key to achieving any meaningful improvement of the AEC industry operating within the post-gambling-era.
I consider myself to be a model-based construction information practitioner (shortened to a ‘BIM- meddler’) rather than an ‘expert’ or even ‘specialist’.
Monday, March 7, 2011
Will BIM eliminate the need to perform VEs?
Am I alone in my thinking that there is something fundamentally wrong in having to perform ‘value engineering’ in the late design stages of creating-buildings?
Reminds me of “reading recovery”. A couple of years ago I was on the Board of Trustees of a NZ school.
We celebrated how good we had performed “reading recovery” on children in years 5 and 6.
‘Developed in New Zealand, Reading Recovery is widely implemented in English speaking countries’ they say, and it is supposed to significantly reduce the number of children with literacy difficulties.
I might accept the necessity for this in the first couple of years of learning to read – but 5th and 6th?
There operates quite a nice industry of Value Engineers in AEC.
They promote coming in at later design stages, do workshops and through systematic methods redesign the project to achieve the optimal functions at the lowest possible cost.
Some accept it being a cost-cutting exercise, though many claim it is not.
If I was a building owner, I’d say:
‘Hello! There is something wrong with needing to do VE following buckets of time and money spent on experts designing the thing in the first instance!’.
What has VE got to do with BIM?
Well implemented BIM will totally eliminate the need for what currently goes under the name of VE in building design!