Building Information Modelling

Following on from the publication of the UK governments construction strategy, it is the intention to ensure that all UK government funded projects are compliant with Building Information Modelling (BIM) by 2016.

Building Information Modelling (BIM)

This is in response to the UK governments drive to modernise the construction sector - reducing project capital costs and carbon emissions during the construction and operation of buildings.

BIM is becoming increasingly specified by clients. It is therefore important that Welsh businesses are prepared for the adoption of BIM to maximise benefits.

What is BIM?

BIM is a process which generates and manages data during the lifecycle of a project. It is not simply an ‘add on’ of new software to the design, build and operation process. It is an interdisciplinary process designed to assist in the digital management of information on a construction project from design inception, occupation and ultimately decommission of a building or project. The use of BIM is a departure away from the traditional process where multi-disciplinary teams work off and share information on several software packages and platforms. Implementing BIM will see a shift towards all parties working on a common platform, where multi-disciplinary teams will input information onto a centrally available location.

Benefits of BIM

Using BIM allows for a single coordinated source of information to be available to all parties involved in the delivery and operation of a BIM construction project, from initial design through to operation by facility managers. BIM should improve the accuracy and consistency of information as well as the timeliness during the whole lifecycle of a project. In addition as all parties are working off a common platform, there is less room for error when handing over information from one project phase to another. BIM will ensure the intelligent management of information along the supply chain - making projects more cost and time effective.

BIM Task Group

To respond to the UK government requirement to adopt BIM by 2016, a UK Task Group has been set up to support and assist in the delivery of the objectives as set out in the UK construction strategy. The Task Group includes expertise from industry, government and non-governmental bodies and academia.

Wales BIM Hub

As part of the UK Task Group, in July 2012 the BIM Hub was formed in Wales, to provide support for the Welsh construction industry.

CITB-Construction Skills Wales is supporting the collaborative approach that is being led by the Construction Industry Council (CIC) to champion employer-led skills change for the built environment sector and introduce BIM to industry processes.

CITB-Construction Skills will be working closely with its Professional Services Sector Employer Group/CIC Wales to drive the Welsh BIM Regional Hub forward and to encourage Welsh consultants and contractors to adopt the BIM model.

More information can be found on the BIM Task Group website.

Certificate in Building Information Modelling - Project Management (RICS) 

This 6 month distance learning course covers the entire BIM project lifecycle and provides you with detailed knowledge and the skills required to manage each step of the project. To find out more, visit the RICS website.