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UK BIM Alliance established to drive implementation of BIM Level 2

29 June 2016 | By Tom Ravenscroft

The UK BIM Alliance, a new cross-industry alliance, has been established to pick up the baton from the BIM Task Group and help the industry make the transition from mobilisation for BIM Level 2 to creating “business as usual”.

A release posted on the the BIM regions website states: “It is time for industry to step up, and provide the necessary leadership to drive implementation of BIM Level 2 across the wider industry.

“There is an opportunity for the supply chain to respond. The purpose of this Alliance is to lead the industry-wide drive for awareness, education and adoption of BIM Level 2 compliance and its universal benefits.”

The aim of the organisation is to provide a common and clear point of reference for built environment companies of all disciplines to enable and support their BIM journeys.

It is clear that following the successful activity of the UK BIM Task Group over the past four years in defining and implementing BIM Level 2 within government departments, the challenge now is to transition from mobilisation for BIM Level 2 to creating “business as usual”, for the entire industry and not just for the centrally procured public sector projects.

At present the group, which intends to officially launch in October, is a coalition of more than 50 organisations including BIM4SME and numerous BIM4 groups, WomenInBim, the BIM Regions, RICS, BuildingSmart and ICE.

Prelaunch, the transition team is focusing on coordination, common messaging and understanding and considering how to realise the essential continuation of shared innovation, planning and commitment.

Anne Kemp, director of BIM strategy and development at Atkins and vice chair of buildingSMART, speaking on behalf of the transition team, said: “Upon its launch in October, the UK BIM Alliance will provide clear, guiding leadership for industry on BIM Level 2 which makes the true benefits – the cost and waste reductions; the increased productivity and competitiveness – easily understandable and obtainable for all.

“This will build on, and remain aligned with the government’s programme for publicly procured projects. 

“We are currently shaping the objectives, structure and governance of the Alliance, which will be dedicated to embedding BIM across the whole of the market. Collaboration and inclusivity will be at the heart of our approach. We will hit the ground running.”

The UK BIM Alliance will provide clear, guiding leadership for industry on BIM Level 2 which makes the true benefits – the cost and waste reductions; the increased productivity and competitiveness – easily understandable and obtainable for all.– Anne Kemp, director of BIM strategy and development, Atkins