OneBIM, For One Global Studio

by chan hui min and namrita chowdhry

If One Global Studio could be described as a borderless design village, One BIM would be the common language of the villagers. OneBIM is the shared framework for the organisation of design information across disciplines and territories within One Global Studio. It is the goal of OneBIM to avoid duplication or loss of information when designs are dynamically revised by multiple parties concurrently. As an integral part of DP’s One Global Studio operation, it follows a four-pronged strategy that extends beyond technology adoption to include Culture, Capability, Standards and Infrastructure.

Why OneBIM
For multidisciplinary design teams collaborating on projects, the lack of smooth data transfer is one of the leading causes of abortive work and delays. Take for instance a typical scenario where the architects and engineers work in silos; every time the architect re-plans a wet room, the engineer has to rework the plumbing connections almost from scratch. However, the amount of rework could be greatly reduced and partially automated if the design information of the architects and engineers were integrated from the get-go.

By using intelligent common libraries that embed multidisciplinary design data, enforcing standard modelling protocol and educating designers on the impact of their actions on another discipline, productivity gains can be reaped from the entire system.

In other words, people work better when their designs can talk to one another using a common language. OneBIM promotes the use of common libraries for all disciplines, with components capable of providing an integrated design workflow between everyone involved.

BIM Community Engagement
The success of OneBIM hinges on buy-in from the members of One Global Studio. Here the problem extends beyond a technical solution to a cultural one. It is important to have standards that are defined through a collaborative process especially since there are many BIM experts within the firm.  Each studio is represented by a BIM expert who contributes to the creation and update of standards through structured engagement sessions. The democratic process not only ensures greater buy-in and adoption by the BIM leaders but also furthers interdisciplinary design understanding.

Thought Leadership
Global BIM trends emphasise the need for robust BIM standards supported by enhanced training, innovation, and continuous research and development. As a platform that enhances productivity through innovative collaboration workflows, OneBIM is in sync with Singapore’s vision for integrated digital delivery (IDD) for the construction industry.

Chan Hui Min
Chan Hui Min is a director at DP Architects. Her latest exploration in urban workspace is Woods Square, an integrated office development in Woodlands Regional Centre. Her experience spans a broad range of typologies with a special focus on urban planning.