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Key figures set out 2016 BIM targets

Government departments will be making “progressively more” use of supply chain building information modeling (BIM) data for business activities by 3 October next year, it was revealed today.

Whitehall will also have the capability to electronically validate BIM information from the supply chain by the same date, delegates were told at the ICE’s BIM 2015 conference.

The new “stretch targets” for next year were outlined by, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills Level 2 BIM delivery director Terry Stock and UK Government Task Group for BIM head Mark Bew.

Bew said the implication of the new stretch targets were significant and emphasised the importance of reliable data.

“As we move to BIM Level 3 and beyond, reliability of data is key,” he said.

The targets come into force on 3 October and follow on from the first raft of widely trailled targets that will come into effect on 4 April.

The key element is that centrally funded government departments will issue “clear and complete” employer’s information requirements (EIR) with tender documents from that date onwards.

Employer’s Information Requirements cover three areas:

  • Technical – details of software platforms and definitions of levels of detail
  • Management – details of management processes to be adopted in connection with BIM on a project
  • Commercial – details of BIM Model deliverables, timing of data drops and definitions of information purposes

EIRs define which models must be produced at each project stage – together with the required level of detail and definition (see box).

To help, from the same date all documentation, guidance and support assets will be available in a central repository at

Bew said a detailed briefing of what will be required on 4 April and 3 October would be issued by the Construction Leadership Council later this week.

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