What is BIM?

BIM is an acronym for Building Information Modelling.

It is a process by which information models and data sets about built assets (graphical and non-graphical) are compiled and managed in a shared digital space until handed over to the client on project completion.

Levels of BIM

Levels run from 0-3 and are a measure of ‘BIM maturity’ (an indication of the ability within the supply chain to operate and exchange information).

Why BIM?

Construction has been identified as an enabling sector under industrial strategy by the government. BIM is therefore a key component of this strategy and it is something that will contribute to long term industrial growth. 

The government has four objectives as part of this strategy:

  1. 33% reduction in the initial cost of construction and the whole-life cost of built assets.
  2. 50% reduction in the overall time, from inception to completion, for new-build and refurbished assets. 
  3. 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in the built environment. 
  4. 50% reduction in the trade gap between total exports and total imports for construction products and materials.

The requirement for BIM adoption exists because the Government sees it as integral to meeting these targets. 

In addition, the government intends to provide ongoing support to UK businesses in order to help them become ready to exploit BIM. The government will also mandate BIM for all publicly funded projects from 2016. They are also committing to furthering the UK’s competitive advantage in smart construction design through the Digital Design and Digital Built Britain Strategic Plan.