BIM and the Process Improvement Movement

In this guest feature, Sohail Razvi, an analyst in Computer Aided Facilities Management (CAFM), first describes the “Capability Maturity Model Integration” (CMMI), a process improvement model for the development of products and services developed by the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) at Carnegie Mellon University over many years. He then proposes developing a “Building Information Capability Maturity Model” based on the CMMI that can benefit the AEC/FM industry as it undergoes its current BIM-driven transformations. This will bring the AEC/FM industry in alignment with the constellation of industries that have already benefited from process improvement approaches.


3 thoughts on “BIM and the Process Improvement Movement

  1. Maturity models seem to be talked a lot of late with the advent of BIM. Here is another conceptual framework that has been proposed for the industry based on an overall enterprise outlook at process, technology, strategy, and value generation; in short developing something unique to the construction industry:

  2. The framework referred to in K.Vaidyanathan’s response post appears more practical than the overlapping venn diagram proposed in the article.

    The notion of separating ‘Policy’ from ‘Process’ may not produce the desired goal for the effort required. Whereas, the respondent’s framework suggests separating defining Strategy apart from Value, and these apart from Process and Technology; quickly identifiable and measureable aspects.

  3. The last sentence of this feature article could not be more accurate. Having a pragmatic approach for reaching information management maturity is of the upmost importance. However, with that said, the second to last sentence in the article is completely missing the mark. As is referenced in the CONCLUSION paragraph, there is already a Capability Maturity Model (and Interactive version) available in the North American BIM Standard Version 1, Part 1 that was published at the end of 2007. This CMM was built on many of the original sources the author references, such as Carnegie Mellon, ITIL, etc. While the NBIMS CMM and I-CMM are still being edited and developed as test cases dictate, there should by no means be a duplicative effort to create (or really re-create) one. Please go to and then Section 4.2 to download the CMM workbook. Thank you.

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