Last edited 08 Jul 2016

Supply chain capability summary

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a very broad term that describes the process of creating and managing digital information about a built asset. In the UK, the Government Construction 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 requirement for Level 2 BIM on centrally-procured public projects.

PAS 1192-2:2013 Specification for information management for the capital/delivery phase of construction projects using building information modelling specifies the requirements for achieving Level 2 BIM.

PAS 1192-2 suggests that a Supply Chain Capability Summary (SCCS) forms part of the project implementation plan and should be submitted by prospective suppliers as part of their pre-contract BIM Execution Plan. The pre-contract BIM Execution Plan is prepared in response to the Employer's Information Requirements which form part of the tender documentation for the project.

A supply chain capability assessment is carried out by the principal supplier to verify there is suitable human resource and IT capability in the various organisations that make up the supply chain. The Supply Chain Capability Summary form summarises the assessment of the organisations in the supply chain carried out during the sub-contract procurement process and means that only one form has to be submitted as part of the BIM Execution Plan rather than separate forms for each organisation.

The Supply Chain Capability Summary form is prepared based on Supplier Resource Assessment Forms completed by each relevant organisation in the sub-contract procurement process, detailing their resource capability and capacity.

Supplier Resource Assessment Forms are in turn derived from Supplier Information Technology Assessment forms and Supplier BIM Resource Assessment forms:

  • A Supplier Information Technology Assessment form is completed by each individual supplier, describing their general IT resources and policies.
  • The Supplier BIM Resource Assessment form is completed by each individual supplier, demonstrating their BIM competence, experience and their willingness and capability to exchange data.

This assessment process may mean that the principal supplier has to resolve potential issues, agree solutions and identify training and support requirements before the final BIM Execution Plan is submitted.

NB Template BIM Assessment Forms, Supplier IT Assessment Forms and Resource Assessment Forms can be found on the CPIC website (Construction Project Information Committee).

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