Last edited 08 Jul 2016

BIM stretch targets

Following a meeting of the Construction Leadership Council (CLC), a series of announcements about building information modelling (BIM) were made by BIM Task Group member Terry Stocks and BIM Task Group chair Mark Bew at the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) BIM conference in October 2015.

In 2011 the government announced that it would require fully-collaborative 3D BIM with all project and asset information, documentation and data being electronic as a minimum on centrally-procured public projects from April 2016. This represents Level 2 BIM.

In the run up to this deadline, the latest announcement gave further clarity and introduced new 'stretch targets':

The new website was welcomed by the industry, but the announcement that EIR's would be required by April came as little surprise. EIRs define the information about the built asset that the employer requires to ensure that the design is developed in accordance with their needs and that they are able to operate the completed development effectively and efficiently. It is not clear how BIM level 2 could be implemented without EIRs.

There was some concern about what the proposed electronic validation process, would entail and how the industry could be expected to prepare for it in the absence of detailed information.

It is expected that a further announcement will be made once the decisions of the CLC have been formally signed off.