Building Information Modelling

2.29 At the industry’s leading edge, there are companies which have the capability of working  in a fully collaborative 3D environment, so that all of those involved in a project are working on  shared platform with reduced transaction costs and less opportunity for error; but  construction has generally lagged behind other industries in the adoption of the full potential  offered by digital technology.


2.30 A lack of compatible systems, standards and protocols, and the differing requirements of  clients and lead designers, have inhibited widespread adoption of a technology which has the  capacity to ensure that all team members are working from the same data, and that:


subsequent expensive change);

manufacture and eliminating unnecessary intermediaries; and

2.31 The Cabinet Office will co-ordinate Government‟s drive to the development of standards enabling all members of the supply chain to work collaboratively through Building Information Modelling (BIM).  This will be a phased process working closely with industry groups, in order to allow time for industry to prepare for the development of new standards and for training.  

2.32 Government will require fully collaborative 3D BIM (with all project and asset information, documentation and data being electronic) as a minimum by 2016.  A staged plan will be published with mandated milestones showing measurable progress at the end of each year.

Extracted from:

Government Construction Strategy

The Cabinet Office

May 2011

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