BIM Task Group’s Lane addresses mandate, change in collaborative behaviours


The Training and Development Officer for the UK BIM Task Group has addressed a hypothetical world should the UK Government’s mandate be removed, and the impact the mandate has had on changes to the way the industry are thinking. Are we more collaborative as a result?

At a recent Constructing Excellence Yorkshire & Humber (CEYH) event, Richard Lane sat down with Constructing Excellence’s John Lorimer and discussed a larger amount of collaborative thinking within the AEC sector, barriers that may occur regarding adoption, and a ‘What If?’ scenario, looking at what would happen if the Government’s removed the proposed mandate tomorrow.

When asked if collaborative behaviours are more apparent nowadays within BIM implementation, Lane stated: “Definitely. From the outset, clients are working collaboratively with their Tier 1 suppliers to define the specifics of BIM implementation within specific clients or frameworks. For example, in the development of template Employers Information Requirements (EIR) documents.

“There has also been a definite increase in government departments working together, sharing knowledge to try and help each other for example Ministry of Justice, Department of Health and Met Police sharing ideas around standards for secure environments. Collaborative behaviours certainly aren’t universal but on the whole there has been a positive increase in government departments working collaboratively.”

In regards to collaborative thinking throughout the entire BIM lifecycle, Lane said: “As we approach the end of the 4 year BIM journey we are analysing progress made against the 10 tests of the hypothesis originally defined in the BIS BIM Strategy. Key elements of this are that BIM has to be Understandable (something we continue to work on) and Valuable.”

Finally, Lane addressed a hypothetical scenario is central government completely stopped supporting BIM altogether and the mandate was cancelled. Lane believes that the work done so far would see architects continue the transition towards implementing BIM processes:

“The mandate has been incredibly valuable for establishing Government’s leadership around BIM, creating a broad conversation across the industry and pulling everyone together behind a common goal. It doesn’t guarantee success, particularly as it can be human nature at an individual level to resist when told what to do. Assuming that an increasing proportion of the industry now understands BIM and sees value in new ways of working I’m confident that transition would continue.”

Read the entire interview by clicking here to visit the CEYH website.

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