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Plans to boost collaborative BIM use

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The government has set out plans to boost use of collaborative building information modelling (BIM) technology in construction.

Increasing the use of BIM Level 2 was cited as a key objective of the Government Construction Strategy 2016-2020 published by the Infrastructure and Projects Authority today.

BIM Level 2 requires various parties involved in a construction scheme to use digital models of the project on compatible file formats so they can view each other’s plans.

The construction strategy published today listed four major aims, including to “embed and increase the use of digital technology, including BIM Level 2”.

Other aims were to improve government capability as a client; to deploy collaborative procurement techniques; and to drive cost and carbon reduction.

Cabinet Office parliamentary secretary Lord Bridges said: “Reflecting our wish to improve productivity overall, we want to make government a better client by securing good quality and better value for money in all our construction projects.”

Construction firms called for public sector clients to turn the report from theory into action.

John Sinfield, chairman of construction industry body Strategic Forum, said: “The government is the industry’s largest customer. In this role it can lead changes to the procurement and delivery of work that will strengthen the UK’s position as a global leader of best practice for construction, promoting innovation and driving better performance. But these gains will only be unlocked if the report’s recommendations are adopted by our public sector customers.

“Too often reports such as this one have promised much but failed to deliver. It is time to turn this strategy into a reality for the industry’s customers and suppliers.”

From next month, all government building and infrastructure projects are required to be PAS 1192-2 compliant. The PAS 1192-2 standard sets out how to share information on BIM projects and lists the requirements for BIM Level 2.

New Civil Engineer this week reported that Bechtel, VolkerFitzpatrick and Balfour Beatty had secured BIM Level 2 accreditation.

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