AEC (UK) BIM Standard for Revit

Download the AEC (UK) BIM Standard For Revit v1.0 now!

The AEC (UK) BIM Standard, released in November of 2009, was developed as a generic document referring to the techniques and concepts utilised in using BIM technology. It was intended to be applicable to all software platforms.

This larger document looks to interpret and expand those concepts with specific reference to Autodesk Revit, supplementing it with further best practice and practical policy. Working practices which conform to standards such as BS1192:2007 are also incorporated to allow this document to work alongside current project management and document control protocols.

In short, if you represent a design practice which is looking to adopt BIM methodology and has chosen to use Revit as the primary tool to do so, then this document should cover your requirements.

This standard is provided as a template to download and incorporate into your office or project protocols. Although this standard has no legislative backing, it is written in the context of rules to be followed rather than points to cover. Companies and individuals downloading the standard are free to take on as much or as little as they wish, but the wider acceptance of the document as an industry standard would require that it remain as close as possible to the original form.

Future releases of the Standard will look to cover technological advances and the wider BIM ecosystem, incorporating other professions in the design and construction process, such as Quantity Surveyors, Specification Writers, Fabricators, Manufacturers, Contractors and Facility Managers.

Above all, the authors hope that this is a clear, concise and readable explanation of working best practices in Revit and a solid foundation for efficient collaboration and communication.

This is a live project so please feel free to email the committee on paul@revitguru.com if you have any comments or feedback.

Paul Woddy
Revit Sub-Committee Chair

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8 Responses to AEC (UK) BIM Standard for Revit

  1. Reblogged this on Andres Franco – Arquitecto and commented:
    BIM PROTOCOL

  2. Ryan says:

    All,

    Is there any new releases for the Revit Standards to be issued.

    Thanks
    Ryan

    • AEC (UK) Chair says:

      Yes there is. You’ll be pleased to note we have a review meeting set up in a couple of week’s time where the new version will be planned. We intend to have a quick publication, hopefully before the end of the summer, but watch this space for news very shortly.

  3. Thomas says:

    Is there an editable version of the standards or is it only avalaible as the pdf?

    • AEC (UK) Chair says:

      Only the PDF is available, sorry Thomas. We avoid publishing the complete document in editable format so that people cannot publish “variations” under the same banner. There are no restrictions to editing or copying from it though, so you should be able to extract the parts you need to add into your own standards.

  4. Andrew Harle says:

    Thanks for your work on this, and for making it freely available.

    My thoughts are as follows:

    The document seems to mix external collaboration arrangements with internal Revit management procedures, which have no bearing on collaboration. I believe it would be better to clearly separate the two.

    In this way your standards will be more appropriate for adopting when different organisations collaborate using Revit. I cannot see us agreeing it with other consultants in its current form.

    I look forward to your recommendations on layering; particularly how text and dimensions are layered to comply with BS 1192.

  5. Hugh says:

    I have had a chance to quickly review your standard and my initial impressions are not that great to be honest.

    Having managed BIM multi-discipline projects for the last 10 years and CAD in general for the last 25 years, I must say that this is quite frankly too complicated.

    ..and as for your model file names I would suggest you think about that one again. You need to think about consistency in file-names, the number of characters and the format…your proposed file name structure is an administrative nightmare.

    The problem with BIM is that everyone is jumping on this bandwagon with each group trying to outdo the other in complexity.

    • AEC (UK) Chair says:

      What changes would you suggest, Hugh? As you should note on the post, we are looking for feedback. If you can lend your experience to making the standard “less complicated” we would be grateful to hear from you. Please use the email address on the front page to contact us via Paul Woddy, the Revit sub-committee chairperson.

      Thank you very much.

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