Dr. Bilal Succar is a strategic BIM consultant with extensive experience in performance assessment and improvement. He’s also an avid researcher in the fields of competency-based learning and macro BIM policy development.
Between 1994-2004, Bilal worked as a designer, team leader and site manager on a number of major projects in Australia and the Middle East before focusing his attention on digital innovation, performance assessment, and process improvement. In 2004, Bilal established ChangeAgents AEC (ChangeAgents.com.au/), an open-innovation consultancy to assist early BIM adopters in their implementation, training and digital delivery efforts.
In 2009, Change Agents launched BIM Excellence (BIMexcellence.com), a unique research-based method for assessing, benchmarking, and improving the competency of individuals, capability/maturity of organizations and compatibility of project teams. BIM Excellence (BIMe) utilises online tools, statistical data analysis and specialised metrics to identify actual BIM performance and then compare it against project/client requirements, industry benchmarks and previous performance results. To date, more than 170 organisations (public and private) and many thousands of individuals across the world have been assessed. Based on this expertise, ChangeAgents has been awarded numerous international consultancy and research projects. As an example, in collaboration with Qatar University and the University of Teesside (UK), ChangeAgents won in 2016 a prestigious three-year QNRF | NPRP grant for the “Development and application of a novel and integrated performance driven approach for assessing, benchmarking and improving BIM Competency of Qatar’s construction industry practitioners”.
Based on the Open Innovation model, in 2016 ChangeAgents launched the not-for-profit BIMe Initiative (BIMexcellence.org) to encourage open knowledge-sharing. The BIMe Initiative is led by an expanding number of esteemed professionals and researchers from across the world. The BIMe Initiative aims to deliver innovative guides, templates and tools through complementary projects including: the Macro Adoption Policy, the International Competency Benchmarking, and the Integrated Information Platform projects. At the core of these and other projects is the online BIM Dictionary (BIMdictionary.com) which hosts hundreds of commonly used terms, their descriptions, acronyms and synonyms. Many of these terms have now been translated into French, Spanish, Catalan, Greek, Italian, Russian, Arabic, Hrvatski, Czech, Chinese, Persian and Lithuanian with other languages planned for 2018-19.
Academically, Bilal Succar studied business admin, interior design, and fine arts before undertaking postgraduate studies in organizational behaviour and human resource management. In 2013, Bilal completed his PhD in BIM, conceptual structures and performance improvement tools at the University of Newcastle, NSW Australia, where he’s currently a member of the Centre for Interdisciplinary Built Environment Research (http://bit.ly/CIBER). In 2016, Dr. Succar was appointed as an Industry Research Fellow at the University of Technology Sydney and currently contributes to the Built Environment Informatics for Innovation (BEI4I) research cluster. Dr. Succar has published many peer-reviewed articles and his work is amongst the highest-cited and most-read in the BIM domain.
Dr. Succar has participated in many industry-wide initiatives including the CRC-CI National Guidelines for Digital Modelling (2008) and chaired the AIA/CA BIM Education Working Group (2011-12). He has delivered many keynote speeches, lectures and workshops in Australia, NZ, US, UK, UAE, China, Chile, Ireland, Malaysia, Qatar, Singapore, Spain, Italy, and Brazil. He sits on the Editorial Board of the FM Magazine and regularly shares his thoughts through the BIM ThinkSpace blog (since 2005), the BIM Framework blog, and the BIM Framework Channel.