Building Information Modelling

BIM or Building Information Modelling is a process for creating and managing information on a construction project across the project lifecycle. One of the key outputs of this process is the Building Information Model, the digital description of every aspect of the built asset.

This model draws on information assembled collaboratively and updated at key stages of a project. Creating a digital Building Information Model enables those who interact with the building to optimize their actions, resulting in a greater whole life value for the asset.

Through BIM, the UK construction industry is undergoing its very own digital revolution. BIM is a way of working. BIM is information modelling and information management in a team environment, all team members should be working to the same standards as one another. BIM creates value from the combined efforts of people, process and technology.

Guidance note for Clients writing an Employer's Information Requirements

This document provides concise guidance to any client who is writing an Employer Information Requirements document to implement BIM in a project. This first part contains some key messages, the second part consists of ten plain language questions that will help clients prioritise the key issues based on the PAS1192-6:2018 ‘Specification for Collaborative Sharing and Use of Structured Health and Safety Information using BIM’. The ten questions have an associated maturity matrix, which will help clients understand how to interpret the detail. These questions need to be addressed at the earliest possible stage, by the project initiator or sponsor. Decisions are often made early on without consideration of health and safety information requirements, which are later very expensive to undo and potentially harmful to peoples’ health and safety.