Spatial Program Validation
The BIM Guide Series is intended for GSA employees and consultants engaging in BIM practices for the design of new construction and major modernization projects for GSA. GSA BIM Guide Series 02 - Spatial Validation supports the use of BIM to efficiently and accurately assess design performance in regard to spatial requirements for GSA. This Guide is intended for incorporation by reference in PBS A/E contracts for design of new construction and major modernization projects. As such, these A/E design teams, the PBS Project Managers, and Contracting Officers administering the contracts are its primary audience. This Series will also be of general interest to other members of GSA project teams, including PBS staff, customer agencies, and contracted parties such as construction managers, construction and design-build contractors, and consultants. In addition, construction industry software solution providers will find this Guide useful, in particular those who offer BIM-authoring applications.
As summarized in Series 02, all major projects that receive design funding in FY2007 and beyond are required to submit a spatial program BIM to GSA prior to final concept presentation. GSA design teams use BIM to validate spatial program requirements (e.g., area, efficiency ratios) more accurately and quickly than traditional 2D approaches. As an owner of over 300 million square feet of space, validating Architect/Engineer designs at Concept Design is an important step towards better managing space. GSA has worked with five BIM vendors to develop additional software functionality specifically for working with GSA practices and procedures, while also being applicable to other owners and developers.