Last edited 08 Jul 2016

BIM Task Group

The UK Government Construction Strategy was published by the Cabinet office on 31 May 2011. It proposed reducing the capital and operational cost and the carbon from the construction and operation of the built environment by 20%. Central to this ambition are improvements delivered through the use of open, sharable asset information or Building Information Modelling (BIM).

The strategy stated that the '...Government will require fully collaborative 3D BIM (with all project and asset information, documentation and data being electronic) as a minimum by 2016'. This represents a minimum requirement for Level 2 BIM on all centrally-procured public projects. Level 2 is a managed 3D environment with data attached, but created in separate discipline models.

The BIM Task Group is supported by the Department for Business Innovation & Skills and the Construction Industry Council. It brings together expertise from industry, government, institutes and academia to strengthen the public sector's BIM capability and provide the information the industry needs to meet the government's BIM requirement. The BIM Task Group gives a consistent message to the supply chain, establishes best practice, creates key resources and supports exemplar BIM projects.

There are six main working parties associated with the BIM Task Group:

The BIM Task Group now also includes Government Soft Landings, established to encourage adoption of '...a mind-set and a process to align design and construction with operational asset management and purpose.'

In addition, the Construction Industry Council (CIC) was tasked with establishing a network of regional hubs to ensure up-to-date and consistent information is disseminated across the UK and allowing for local feedback to the BIM Task Group.

On 26 February 2015 Business Secretary Vince Cable launched Digital Built Britain, Level 3 Building Information Modelling - Strategic Plan, and the associated Digital Built Britain website. This represents the early strategy for defining level 3 building information modelling.

In June 2016, the creation of a UK BIM alliance was announced to lead the transition from mobilisation for BIM Level 2 to making BIM 'business as usual' for the entire industry.

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