Seven professional bodies covering design, construction, operation and management in the built environment are supporting NBS, part of RIBA Enterprises, in its development of a free-to-use digital BIM tool for the BIM Task Group.
BIFM, CIBSE, CIOB, ICE, The Institution of Structural Engineers, RIBA and RICS are providing cross-industry support and technical advice to the project, which is a key enabler of the move to deliver Level 2 BIM on central government procurement from April 2016.
The free online tool will help collaborative project teams define, manage and validate who is responsible for what at different stages of the asset lifecycle. Supporting this will be a pan-industry classification system, well defined levels of graphical detail and system information, as well as a comprehensive set of product information templates.
Richard Waterhouse, chief executive of RIBA Enterprises, said: “This initiative was always about doing something which helps the entire industry, so to have these organisations as part of our project steering group will be a fantastic support and will help ensure we have essential pan-industry engagement.”
Anne Kemp, chair of ICE’s BIM Action Group, said: “ICE’s aim is to develop and support the world’s best digitally enabled civil engineers and provide thought leadership and direction to the way BIM is implemented throughout the industry. We are delighted therefore to be playing a part in developing a modern, relevant digital tool which facilitates a more consistent approach across the industry. We look forward to continuing this collaboration, helping to ensure the tool reaches – and is embraced by – all those at the forefront of BIM.”
Eddie Tuttle, public affairs and policy manager for the CIOB, commented: “CIOB is pleased to be involved in a project that is at the vanguard of the approach to be taken in ensuring that we have a collaborative movement to BIM for the good of the wider industry.”
NBS also plans wider engagement with the industry via other professional bodies and institutes. Discussions, workshops, presentations and beta testing sessions will be happening over the coming months. For more details about the project, visit thenbs.com/bimtoolkit.
This initiative was always about doing something which helps the entire industry, so to have these organisations as part of our project steering group will be a fantastic support and will help ensure we have essential pan-industry engagement.– Richard Waterhouse, RIBA Enterprises