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Digital strategy for UK construction revealed

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The next phase of the UK’s BIM Task Group programme has been announced during the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) BIM 2016 conference.

Innovate UK and the Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy have formed a partnership to deliver through Digital Built Britain, described as the next phase of digitisation in the construction sector.

Digital Built Britain, first announced in the 2016 budget, aims to deliver reductions in whole-life costs and carbon emissions, whilst improving productivity and capacity by using intelligent building information models, sensing technology and secure data and information infrastructure.

The programme will also continue the work of the BIM Task Group, set up in 2011 to deliver up to 20% savings on costs of major projects.

Digital Built Britain’s work on data infrastructure aims to help deliver other government digital transformation objectives, including building successful UK sectors in smart cities, cyber and physical security and sensors through the Internet of Things.

The programme will focus on providing departmental support and British Standards for BIM Level 2, increased international trade and opportunities for growth for UK companies, development of the BIM Level 3 programme, cyber security, private sector investment and engagement, and a series of early adopter projects focusing on Level 3A and manufacturing technologies.

“The UK has made a significant step in creating a world-class position in delivering capability, standards and capacity in the sector to reduce cost and increase value,” said chair of the BIM Task Group Mark Bew.

“The coming together of the BIM and smart city programme into Digital Built Britain will continue this commitment to providing jobs, homes, services and growth to the UK economy.”

The BIM Task Group, in association with the British Standard Institute (BSI), has also announced that the BIM Level 2 Guidance: UK edition will be published at the end of November. The guidance will be available online at bim-level2.org/en/guidance.

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