Public Sector Embraces BIM

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is still a term that generates mixed feelings amongst the construction supply chain.

25th September 2014

To its fans, it is a radical, revolutionary method of helping to design and then deliver facilities that are focussed on the longer run with an emphasis on value and whole life costs. To the nervous or wary members of the built environment community BIM is more red tape, more process and unnecessary IT consultants.

In a nutshell BIM is all about generating and managing information about a building during its life cycle – that means cradle to the grave. It is a holistic approach to the creation and management of the facilities used in the built environment. Typically it uses three-dimensional, real-time, dynamic building modelling software to increase productivity in building design and construction. The process produces the building information model (also abbreviated BIM), which encompasses building geometry, spatial relationships, geographic information, and quantities and properties of building components.

But the important facts are that BIM is increasingly becoming a standard and integral part of the construction process. The UK Government has mandated BIM level 2 on all its projects from 2016 and the Welsh Government has endorsed the approach following the launch of the Wales Construction Procurement Strategy in 2013. 

So, we need to know how it works and we also need to ensure that it is owned, sponsored and advocated by informed clients. Because, whilst many in the Welsh construction supply chain have been exploring the benefits of BIM, client leadership is recognised as a key driver in moving the BIM agenda forward in Wales. 

This is why the Consortium of Local Authorities in Wales (CLAW) and Constructing Excellence in Wales (CEW) have developed a BIM Toolkit for Clients. This will ensure that public sector clients in Wales are able to specify their BIM requirements in a consistent fashion which should make the process of engagement simpler for the supply chain.

To find out about the toolkit and learn how you can become a BIM advocate and work towards educating your clients call 02920 493322 or visit ourwebsite.

BIM is not a fad; it is not a business tool that applies to one sector of our industry or just the client or the contractor. BIM works for everyone up and down the supply chain – so do make the time to find out more.