RIBA’s NBS win UK Government Level 2 BIM dPoW contract

Credit: RIBA
Credit: RIBA

After a tense waiting period to see who would be awarded the UK Government’s contract to deliver the final aspects of the Level 2 BIM plan, a victor has finally been announced.

Update: RIBA-owned NBS have beaten competition from BRE and the eight-strong conglomerate C8 to be awarded the sought after government contract. RIBA themselves were also part of the C8 group, so luckily for them, one of their project teams was successful.

The NBS-lead successful team also included BIM Academy, BDP, Laing O’Rourke, Microsoft and Newcastle University. This team impressed Innovate UK most following their £50,000 cash injection to come up with their plan-of-action.

Original Article: RIBA Enterprises, the commercial wing of the Royal Institute of British Architects, have been awarded the contract to create the BIM Task Group‘s digital Plan of Work (dPoW) and Classification system, the final two parts needed to complete the Level 2 BIM suite, ensuring the AEC sector has the richest resource possible in place to influence their Building Information Modelling adoption.

RIBA bettered the likes of BRE to be awarded the contract, which is worth one million pounds. Innovate UK, the new name for the Technology Strategy Board decided upon the winner of the contest, which began in February 2014.

Innovate UK’s Chief Executive, Iain Gray commented on how the digital tool will aid the procurement of construction projects across the country. He said: “By developing this digital tool, procurement of construction projects here in the UK and – eventually – across the world will be transformed, both in terms of quality and price. This will place the UK in a global leadership position and provide overseas growth opportunities for the industry.”

Head of BIM at the BIM Task Group, David Philp also gave his thoughts, stating: “The completion of the Digital Plan of Works and Classification System will not only complete the Level 2 BIM suite but help drive the take-up of BIM, support exploitation of the standards and ensure that the UK remains at the vanguard of a digital transformation in the built environment.”

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Congratulations RIBA Enterprises!