Two new important Definitions:
It is imperative that we in the AECO industry need demand Quality content, in addition we need reach out to vendors and manufacturers to establish the appropriate LODetail for each LODevelopment or how they propose we use LOD’s. Many of them were sold the BIM wash that if they made content we would specify the content in our projects. Although this may be the case for some, if the content is garbage and we have to build our own the chances are we will not use your content. Many times Architects and Engineers will build their own Place Holder (PH) content separate from the MFG because the content bloats the model and is not necessary even for <LOD300. So in keeping with the theme of Epic BIM, could we not agree that we need both levels of content for different LOD’s at least until the systems can handle MFG detailed components? Or maybe the answer is in IFC's? Ok enough with the laughs, scoffs and tisk tisk's, it always seams that when you resort to this your now just deflecting. Building to a standard is not a deflection but neither is building to the lowest common denominator. The industry needs to allow a standards to have the ability for more data information exchange not less. It just needs to be defined, simple and flexible.
So where do we go from here? If you’re a real BIM Manager your head is has been in a constant hemorrhage. Especially recently with the new release of USACE Templates, M3's, PxP's, "Attachment F" Etc. We have PxP’s, M3’s, Value Mapping, COBie, NBIM’s, Training, Re-training, content development, project management, business development, helping management manage expectations and avoid BIM wash. Well at least in regards to LOD² we need to focus on effective communication. At the end of the day it comes down to leadership and accountability. In the end don't all things come down to leadership and accountability? (Let's not get into politics ok) Like with construction safety / productivity, what we meter is what is followed, PROJECT CONTROLS are important. If we continue to allow garbage and a lack of results, will we expect anything different?
This is not a comprehensive list but a work in progress. As we go through this journey together know that you are not alone. Look forward to additional clarification coming in the future. Follow Jim Vandezande blog and look out for update on a new LOD Catalogue. Don’t ever be satisfied that you know it all. In order to achieve the Zen of BIM and become a BIM Guru you must go through the WTF stage of BIM not once, not twice but over and over. But like going to the gym, after a while you are conditioned to act and not react to the project circumstances you will face today and tomorrow drawing on the experiences of yesterday.