2016 is now upon us!

In May 2011, the Government’s construction strategy announced an ambitious set of measures aimed at transforming the construction industry. In the years since then, the Government have produced a raft of documents and standards to help the industry with the transformation – but the main things they have been doing is looking inward to the major Government commissioning departments, making sure that they are ready to be a good BIM client.

The UK construction is really important to our economy – it’s over 7% of GDP – £100Bn to £110Bn per year – and of that, 40% is expenditure by the Government. In other words, the UK Government in its 8 major commissioning departments, is our biggest client in the construction industry.

In the BIM Technologies Alliance, we’ve been told that already there is £11Bn worth of work (not including HS2 and other large expenditure items), out in the market with BIM Level 2 deliverable already. By April 2016 the vast majority of the remaining annual expenditure will be going out to the market with contractual BIM deliverable. We’ve also been told that by October 2016, the resulting information passed back by the supply chain to the government will be validated – in other words they will be making checks to make sure that the information we deliver back to them is what they were expecting.

Remember, that the hard deliverables (how we deliver hard assets) have a long established methodology to ensure that the client gets what they asked for. This is about the soft deliverables – so models, documents and data – being clearly defined by the Government client and we as the construction teams supplying that information back to them as they want it and at the time they want it.

We have a choice as an industry now. We can either decide that this particular Government work isn’t important to us and we can continue to work as we always have done or we make the changes.

A lot of the industry has been making the effort in the last few years getting themselves ready for delivering BIM level 2. However, it’s undeniable that there is a vast portion of the industry which is not yet prepared and this is why we need to make this key decision – do we go ahead or don’t we?

We also need to remember that the journey doesn’t stop with 2016. The Government’s 2025 paper makes it clear that costs are to be reduced by 33% over the whole life of an asset. We will be expected to deliver our projects 50% faster. Carbon emissions will be reduced by 50%. And, through upskilling the industry, we’ve be told that by 2025 that exports from the construction sector will have to increase by 50%.

At Viewpoint, we’re here to help you on your journey to achieving BIM Level 2.

Posted by Ben Wallbank

Ben Wallbank is a Sales Engineer at Viewpoint Construction Software.