Background to BIM

Building Information Modelling (BIM) advantages for public sector construction were first outlined in the Government Construction Strategy 2011-15 published 31 May 2011 by the Cabinet Office. This included Government’s intention to require collaborative 3D BIM (with all project and asset information, documentation and data being electronic) on its projects by 2016.

Subsequently this has been supported by various government initiatives promoting BIM including a website that contains a host of information on BIM, its advantages and how to implement it, establishing a BIM team within the Cabinet Office which organises events to promote BIM, and additional publications by Government (including the Industrial Strategy: Construction 2025 in July 2013) on the advantages of implementing BIM for government, the private sector and the public sector.

The Construction 2025 Industrial Strategy sets out aspirations to lower construction costs by 33%, improve delivery speed by 50% and lower emissions by 50%. It acknowledged that this cannot be achieved without embracing digital technology and implementation of BIM processes. The latest Government Construction Strategy 2016-2020 published in March 2016 continues on from the previous 2011-15 Construction Strategy with some of the principal objectives including to embed and increase the use of digital technology, including Building Information Modelling (BIM) Level 2, deploy collaborative procurement techniques, enable and drive whole-life approaches to cost and carbon reduction across the construction, operation and maintenance of public sector buildings and infrastructure.

BIM forms a significant part of The National Infrastructure Delivery Plan 2016 – 2021 that brings together for the first time Government’s plans for infrastructure over the next 5 years where key deliverables include better opportunities to collaborate, innovate and drive efficiencies.