The BIM Task Group - What's it all About

The BIM Task Group - What's it all About

22nd January 2015

The Building Information Modelling (BIM) Task Group brings together experts from academia, industry, the government and the public sector to help support and deliver the UK Government Construction Strategy.  With the fundamental concept that a dramatic improvement in cost, value and carbon performance will be achieved through the use of open, shareable asset information, the BIM also aims to help the construction industry’s supply chain to find more efficient and collaborative methods of working throughout an entire project.

Building information modelling is a way of creating value via collaboration through the entire lifecycle of an asset that is underpinned by the creation, collation and exchange of shared 3D models with intelligent, structured data attached to them.  Although there is a digital tool set that can be used, BIM is actually a way of working - it’s basically information modelling and information management in a team environment. 

BIM models provide team members with a rich 3D experience via digital simulations, rehearsals of all stages of the design, build and operate process.  The information gleaned from these models enable informed decision making that leads to better business outcomes for all involved.  

BIM models connect information about asset components with geometry in a structured way that enables users build project documentation in a structured way online.  This means that the information can be shared by different team members at every stage of the design, construction and operation of a project.  For example, engineers can use information gathered from the architect in order to prepare energy calculations.  Contractors are able to check the coordination of contributions from different members of the project team.   BIM enables information about the use of a building to be collated and held in formats that are usable by the facility operators which will lead to buildings (and other assets) to be used and maintained efficiently.

BIM is predicted to provide opportunities to exploit new export markets for UK construction knowledge and BIM ready products.   It’s vital that British companies remain competitive in terms of both new technology and new approaches to work in the international consultancy market in future in order to help Britain recover from the economic downturn that began in 2008.

The Government’s Construction Strategy (GCS) will require fully collaborative 3D BIM (with all project and asset information, data and documentation being electronic) by 2016, and early adopters will be ahead of the game by that time. 

If you’re in the construction industry and are wondering what BIM will mean for your business, then head over to the BIM website for more information.  With an increasing number of resources becoming available, this is the best place to start.  The Construction Industry Council (CIC) has created regional BIM Hubs to raise awareness about the benefits of BIM to the construction industry as a whole and help businesses with impartial advice free of charge.  During the run up to full BIM adoption in 2016, these regional Hubs will also encourage regional engagement in national discussions and provide valuable feedback for the core BIM team.