March 22, 2016

Budget backs BIM level three

News Article

The Government has pledged to develop a new standard for construction to “maintain global leadership.”

The commitment to developing and rolling out the next level of BIM standards – BIM level three – was contained in policy documents published as part of the Spring Budget.

The Budget document states: “The Government will develop the next digital standard for the construction sector – building information modelling three – to save owners of built assets billions of pounds a year in unnecessary costs and maintain the UK’s global leadership in digital construction.”

The Government launched a mandate for all centrally-procured projects to be delivered using BIM level two, four years ago.

This effectively kick-started a digital revolution in construction, but there had been concerns within the industry that the Government would drop its commitment to the policy after the BIM level two mandate comes into force on 4 April.

Having had four years to prepare for the change, the Level two BIM mandate will mean only firms that can operate and deliver projects to BIM Level two can win work on public sector construction projects.

Adam Davis is a Partner with Palmers who specialises in helping clients understand the ramifications of business information modelling. He commented: “BIM proponents have welcomed the inclusion of a commitment to ‘BIM three’ in the Budget documents – a move which signals the transfer of responsibility for BIM from the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills to the Treasury.

“Anyone operating within the construction sector needs to be up to speed with these latest changes and what it will mean for their business in the future, which is why Palmers has organised seminar aimed at explaining the latest legal and technological developments as well as how BIM will impact on project delivery, insurance and disputes.”

The BIMfest seminars take place on 24 March at High House Production Park in Thurrock and on 28 April at The Hive Enterprise Centre in Southend.

Both seminars will open for registration and breakfast rolls at 7:30am for an 8:00am start, followed by a procurement workshop from 9:00am until 9:30am.

To reserve your FREE place, please contact us.