“Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a collaborative way of working, underpinned by the digital technologies which unlock more efficient methods of designing, creating and maintaining our assets.” Source – HM Government.
Most people know by now that BIM stands for Building Information Modelling however if you search for BIM you can get a variety of definitions as to what it is.
What is important to remember is that it’s not just Buildings; it applies to anything you can build and will need to be maintained.
BIM was brought to the forefront of industry attention in the UK Government Construction Strategy published in 2011. The mandate was that all centrally procured projects that would offer a positive return on investment had to be BIM Level 2 from March 2016. Obviously this has now come and gone.
The Levels of BIM maturity are set out in PAS 1192-2:2013 - Specification for information management for the capital/delivery phase of construction projects using building information modelling.
All Levels of BIM have to be looked at as a collaborative process that is dependent on the input of the client, the design team members (including sub-contractors / manufacturers) and the asset management team. The standards and specifications also have to be adhered to. Without one of these ‘cogs’ the wheel will not turn.