Building Information Modelling (BIM)

Building Information Modelling is the process of constructing an intelligent, data rich, three dimensional (3D) model of a building or an infrastructure project.

Introduction to Building Information Modelling (BIM)

BIM can be applied to both new build and refurbishment projects. The digital information in the model can be used to inform the decision making and management processes throughout the lifecycle of an asset.

BIM utilises a collaborative approach to the design, construction and asset management of a project from all involved in the built asset’s lifecycle process. The collaborative process reduces opportunity for error and waste which ultimately leads to cost savings for the client.

Northern Ireland BIM policy

The Northern Ireland BIM policy is that from 1 April 2016, all Government centrally procured construction projects with a value greater than the EU procurement threshold for construction works shall, where there is potential for efficiency savings, be delivered to BIM Maturity Level 2.

Further information on BIM

CPD guidance for NI Government Departments, Centres of Procurement Expertise and construction suppliers, published in November 2015 is available at: Procurement Guidance Note 03/15 Building Information Modelling (BIM)

The CPD template for Employer’s Information Requirements (EIR) published in April 2018 is available at: Employer’s Information Requirements (EIR) template

BIM Level 2 standards published by British Standards Institute (BSI) are available at: http://bim-level2.org 

UK Government BIM resources are available at: www.bimtaskgroup.org 

Scottish Government BIM resources are available at: bimportal.scottishfuturestrust.org.uk

EU BIM resources are available at: www.eubim.eu

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