Last edited 08 Jul 2016

UK BIM Alliance

In the UK, the Government Construction Strategy published in May 2011, 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 centrally-procured public projects from April 2016.

In the run-up to the 2016 deadline, the BIM Task Group was set up to bring 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 Level 2 requirement.

The UK BIM Alliance is a construction industry alliance set up to respond to the challenges set by BIM Level 2. It will provide a common and clear point of reference for built environment companies, with a view to enabling and supporting their BIM journeys.

Set to be officially launched in October 2016, spanning the ICE BIM Conference and Digital Construction Week, the UK BIM Alliance will lead the industry-wide drive for awareness, education and adoption of BIM Level 2. However, it is already working on coordination, common messaging and common understanding across a coalition of more than 50 organisations.

In a post on the BIM Regions website on 28 June 2016, the UK BIM alliance wrote:

“It is time for industry to step up, and provide the necessary leadership to drive implementation of BIM Level 2 across the wider industry… It is clear that following the successful activity of the UK BIM Task Group over the past four years in defining and implementing BIM Level 2 within Government Departments, the challenge now is to transition from mobilisation for BIM Level 2 to creating 'business as usual' for the entire industry – and not just for the centrally procured public sector projects.”

Speaking on behalf of the transition team, Anne Kemp, Director of BIM strategy and development at Atkins said: “Upon its launch in October, the UK BIM Alliance will provide clear, guiding leadership for industry on BIM Level 2 which makes the true benefits – the cost and waste reductions; the increased productivity and competitiveness – easily understandable and obtainable for all. This will build on, and remain aligned with the Government's programme for publicly procured projects”

“We are currently shaping the objectives, structure and governance of the Alliance, which will be dedicated to embedding BIM across the whole of the market. Collaboration and inclusivity will be at the heart of our approach. We will hit the ground running.”

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