There has been a lot of talk in recent months about the impact of regulations on BIM (building information modeling) in various countries. One country that took an early step to implement regulations related to the use of BIM on government projects was the United Kingdom and now one government organization is implementing new technology to move BIM forward.
In March 2013, PAS 1192-2—a specification for information management for the capital/delivery phase of construction projects—was launched in the United Kingdom as part of the government’s construction strategy. The aim of the strategy is to reduce construction costs of public sector assets by 20-30%.
In an effort to meet this specification, this June, Viewpoint Construction Software, www.viewpointcs.com, Portland, Ore., announced The United Kingdom’s MOJ (Ministry of Justice) has selected 4Projects’, www.4projects.com, 4BIM model server to achieve Level Two BIM across all future development tasks.
Defined by BIM Task Group, www.bimtaskgroup.org, London, England, Level 2 BIM is a series of domain specific models (e.g. architectural, structural, services, etc.) with the provision of a single environment to store shared data and information. By 2016, construction groups will need to prove Level Two BIM in order to win U.K. government contracts.
The primary driving force behind mandatory Level Two BIM is the realization of the government objective: delivering projects on time and on budget with greater efficiency. And isn’t that the mantra of most construction projects today—anywhere in the globe?