Digital Built Britain: UK’s Level 3 BIM strategic plan announced

Credit: Digital Built Britain
Credit: Digital Built Britain

Yesterday at a site visit in London, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Vince Cable announced Digital Built Britain, the United Kingdom‘s program to get the nation ready for Level 3 Building Information Modelling.

According to the BIM Task Group website, the project will “build a digital economy for the construction industry in support of dramatically improving delivery, operations and services provided to citizens”.

Digital Built Britain is the successor to the BIM level 2 initiative, which has seen the UK Government mandate BIM implementation for all public sector projects by the year 2016. Whilst the deadline is less than a year away, that doesn’t mean BIM adopters have to wait until then. £840 million savings were achieved on central public spend in 2013/14, a staggering saving that shows the impact BIM processes can have on building, infrastructure and landscape projects whatever the size.

On the Digital Build Britain website, a statement reads: “We seek to create a mature digital economy for the built environment which delivers high performing assets and exceptional client value as well as a knowledge base to enable the Smart City and community members to thrive in our urban environments.

“This is an ambitious world class programme based on significant progress demonstrated through Level 2. To ensure we can enter the market with an equally successful Level 3 programme we must commence the detailed planning, research and develop significant cross industry partnerships.”

Three key points are listed as part of the vision of Digital Built Britain:

• Level 2 legacy activity, to continue to drive Level 2 uptake and realise further savings;

• Addressing those development needs which, albeit complex and time consuming, are grounded in current knowledge and understanding (e.g. developing new construction contracts, IPR protocols, some aspects of data interoperability);

• Areas going beyond our current knowledge and requiring the interaction of differing technologies (e.g. sensor and systems). This will require some significant development work, technology transfer and joint working between other sectors and academia.

An extensive PDF has also been released, with more information on the Level 3 initiative. Find that here.

For more on Digital Built Britain, visit the official website, or alternatively, follow the scheme on Twitter.

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