The UK BIM Alliance confirmed that it will continue with its main objective as “BIM Level 2 Business as Usual by 2020” following the merger with buildingSMART UK & Ireland, another BIM network, which officially kicked in at the start of January.
The merger was first announced at the buildingSMART International Summit in October 2017.
In a series of FAQs the merged organisation said: “UKBIMA’s current objective is ‘BIM Level 2 Business as Usual until 2020 and beyond’ but it further aims to be relevant today and futureproof for tomorrow – talking to industry in a language it understands.
“BIM Level 2 is a vital step to longer term digital transformation – which ultimately should safeguard our economy, our society and our environment. Working more closely with buildingSMART will assist in this objective.”
Practical elements of the merger will take place during early 2018 and the agreement and mission statement will be reviewed in March.
By November 2018 all incumbent bSUKI members will be re-enrolled into the merged organisation.
During the transition period, the merged organisation will be called the UK BIM Alliance (where required), followed by “the UK & Ireland chapter of buildingSMART”. It will be chaired by Anne Kemp the current chair of UKBIMA.
The newly merged organisation said that as well as helping to ensure greater take up of BIM in the sector it would help in furthering the adoption and development of open BIM standards across industry and help buildingSMART become more closely engaged with the UK’s built environment, breaking down silos between industry organisations, and improving communications.