Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a collaborative way of working underpinned by digital technologies. These technologies allow for more efficient methods of designing, delivering and maintaining physical built assets throughout their entire lifecycle.
The widely accepted concept of BIM maturity levels has been defined by the Bew-Richards maturity model (PDF).
BIM Level 2 maturity is a series of domain and collaborative federated models. The models, consisting of both 3D geometrical and non-graphical data, are prepared by different parties during the project life-cycle within the context of a common data environment. Using proprietary information exchanges between various systems, project participants will have the means necessary to provide defined and validated outputs via digital transactions in a structured and reusable form.
Why has BIM Level 2 been introduced?
In May 2011, the UK Government published the Construction Strategy aimed at reducing the cost of public sector assets by up to 20% by 2016.
To achieve this strategy, the government requires construction suppliers tendering for centrally-procured government projects to be working at BIM Level 2. As a minimum, they require fully collaborative 3D BIM (with all project and asset information, documentation and data being electronic). The requirement has been introduced to drive the adoption of BIM processes throughout the public and private sector to encourage benefits including:
- Reduction in CAPEX, delivery and operational costs
- Reduced risk
- Improved carbon performance
- Predictable planning
Whilst this requirement was introduced initially for government projects, the benefits of utilizing BIM Level 2 processes and information management practices can also be realized by private sector clients and projects within the construction industry.
How to implement BIM Level 2
The adoption of BIM Level 2 by the construction and asset management industry requires organizations and individuals to embrace change and accept that traditional roles within the supply chain and client organization may need to be redefined to successfully implement the new processes and information management requirements.
This is where the role of standards and guidance is important. The suite of standards to support industry in the adoption of BIM Level 2 outline the processes and information management practices required to perform at this maturity level.
Take a look at the free standards available for you to download.