In 2011 the British Government published the Construction Strategy which proposed decreasing the cost of public assets by up to 20% by 2016. Indeed, based on the government’s construction benchmarking report, “(it’s) BIM programme contributed to combined savings of £2.2bn between 2013 and 2015, making it a significant tool to meet its target of 15-20% savings on public construction costs” (Department for Business Innovation and Skills 2016)
For this strategy to be achieved, construction suppliers, designers and operators tendering for centrally-procured government projects, must be working at BIM Level 2 or at least they require fully collaborative 3D BIM (with all project and asset information, documentation and data being electronic).
The requirement for contractors to work at BIM Level 2 has been introduced by the Government with the expectation of increasing the adoption of BIM processes within the private and public sectors. The widespread adoption of BIM processes would encourage benefits such as: the reduction in CAPEX, delivery and operational costs, improved carbon performance and predictable planning.
It is hoped that the benefits of utilising BIM Level 2 processes and data sharing practices can be actualised by projects run within the construction industry by private sector clients.
By using BIM processes Clients, Designers, Constructors and Operators can create and exchange 3D models which comprise of intelligent, structured data and will ultimately be able to improve productivity and reduce waste. BIM Level 2 is also highly beneficial as it encourages high levels of collaboration which results in consistent and coordinated designs.
The adoption of BIM processes by public and private sector contractors enables projects to be completed more efficiently and therefore quicker than previously, as all parties involved in the design, creation and completion of a project are able to work simultaneously on the same BIM model. This allows the project to follow a single common timeline with informed decision making at strategic points along the way to improve performance and eliminate wasted time due to miscommunications.
It could be argued that the ever increasing popularity of BIM processes is revolutionising not only the Architectural and Construction Industries, but the professional collaborations between them. Projects can be approved, designed, created and completed in a fraction of the time and thanks to BIM Level 2 processes the rate of progress is now much more efficient and seamless.
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Department for Business Innovation and Skills. 2016. Overview of the UK BIM Strategy. London: Home Office.