Built assets are usually one of the largest investments made by Public Sector clients and most of the costs are incurred not during the design and construction stages but during an assets operations and maintenance.

In order to drive better value for money from delivery teams as well as encouraging operational excellence, in April 2016 the UK government mandated the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) Level 2 on Public Sector procured projects.

What is BIM?

You may have heard of BIM and thought it was all to do with the 3D model, but it is a collaborative process about sharing and managing digital information that can help you make better decisions, reduce risk of delays and maximise ROI through continuous improvement across your assets. The alternative description of Better Information Management is often preferred to describe the benefits BIM can bring to an organisation, not just the project.

Why use BIM?

Just because BIM has been mandated this should not be the primary reason to require it.

BIM encourages the client to be more involved in a project, collaborating in a more integrated, joined-up way. It sets out a process for clients to work with delivery teams at the earliest stage, setting out the needs of the end user in order to optimise the asset to make it energy-efficient, cost-effective to maintain, and productive to work in. Expectations and milestones are clearly defined so reducing misunderstanding.

Following on from the 2016 mandate, the government set clear targets in the 2017 budget which can be partly achieved by better adoption of digital technologies such as BIM:
• 33% reduction in the cost of construction and the whole life cost of assets
• 50% reduction in the time taken from beginning-to-end of new build and refurbished assets
• 50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in the built environment

Implementing standards and processes relating to information delivery through BIM at the earliest stage will create efficiencies throughout the asset’s lifecycle, benefitting the client and the end user in the long term.

For more information read our insight paper which is available to download here

BIM and Digital transformation

BIM is part of a much wider digital transformation which is beginning to impact just about every sector of the economy, due in part to the UK government’s push to exploit ‘connected data’ through innovations such as the Internet of Things, Big Data, Smart Cities, and artificial intelligence.

To find out more about how to progress with your digital transformation and the benefits it can bring, watch the on-demand recording of the webinar “Better Information Management for the Public Sector — The easy route to compliance: From G-Cloud 9 to BIM level 2 — answering plain language questions about your projects and assets” where you’ll discover:
• BIM Level 2 compliance – what does it mean for you and how can you start on this digital transformation journey
• Data Governance and security – two critical areas in relation to any information management solution
• Procurement and Implementation – covering how G-Cloud 9 is supporting the implementation of BIM