The BIM (Building Information Modelling) Certification scheme is designed to help your organisation and project supply chains demonstrate compliance with the relevant BIM standards associated with the certification that you hold. Regardless of whether your organisation is directly working within the 3D modelling environment, you should recognise that your organisation is sharing construction and asset information. Achieving BIM Certification demonstrates that you are able to operate to the Government’s BIM Level 2 requirements with respect to BIM Execution Planning, Asset Management, and Security; along with bypassing aspects of tender requirements.
Building Information Modelling assists in the management of built assets throughout their life cycle. Built upon collaborative working practices, it involves the collation of digital information, definition of roles & responsibilities, planning & scheduling, costing, standard methods & procedures, use of common data environments (CDEs), mobilisation, classification & naming conventions, asset management, security, health & safety and more. From April 2016, the Government mandated the use of BIM Level 2 on all centrally procured Government projects. Since then we have seen the wider adoption of BIM, both nationally and globally.
Building Information Modelling uses digital information to manage the processes of a built asset from the point of inception, through design, construction and operation, to decommissioning. The BIM process prioritises the collection and sharing of digital information, which can be used and re-used by architects, contractors, civil engineers, facilities managers, asset owners and others. Infrastructure data becomes more accessible, accurate and useful to all stakeholders, including clients and users.
If applied correctly BIM is a reliable process which leads to lower costs, improved energy efficiency, reduced environmental impacts, improved security and health & safety for assets. Data can be available in real time and allows stakeholders to make more informed decisions backed by increasingly reliable intelligence.
The BIM Model is made up of graphical data (e.g. a 3D Model), non-graphical data (e.g. COBie outputs), and documents (e.g. process documentation). The 3D model itself is dimensionally accurate and means that information about a built asset is to the required level of detail and information at every stage of the lifecycle. Even if you do not work directly with the 3D modelling environment, BIM will still have an impact on the information you receive and provide. It can lead to better delivery of work conducted by disciplines and increases the potential of creativity and innovation.
From April 2016, the Government mandated BIM as a requirement for all centrally procured Government projects (in England and Wales). In April 2017 the Scottish Government followed suit. Stroma Certification is building on our existing award-winning certification schemes by providing a BIM Certification scheme which allows any organisation in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry, including clients, of of any size to demonstrate their ability to comply with the standards for Level 2 BIM.
The global construction industry is expected to grow by over 70% by 2025. BIM is anticipated to have a number of positive impacts based on the rise of digital construction (source: Global Construction Perspectives and Oxford Economics: July 2013).
50% reduction in the construction lifecycle and project timeline
33% reduction in construction and life cycle costs for an asset
50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in the built environment
50% trade gap reduction (imports vs exports) for construction materials
The Government's strategy for BIM adoption has the end goal of ensuring collaborative working and data accessibility for the construction industry. The timeline for the move to total BIM integration in the construction process is defined by BIM maturity levels (BIM Level 0 to BIM Level 3):
At this level there is no collaboration present and information exists via CAD drawings. This information is outputted in either paper or electronic printed documents.
There is some BIM capability present at this level but still no collaboration on the project. Information combines both 2D and 3D outputs as required.
This is the current level of BIM required by Government and made up of the PAS & BS 1192 series of standards. It is reliant on the production of the 3D model, collaboration, and protocols defined by the relevant standards.
The next phase of BIM integration is total real time collaboration. Stakeholders are able to access, draw and update information at the same time using a single digital source of data. It is also known as "Open BIM". The Government is currently investing in its development; thus, the innovation is taking place now.
Although the mandate for BIM is for centrally procured Government projects there has been wider adoption by the public and private sector. Project teams, having realised the benefits of the BIM process, are now making it "business as usual". BIM is integral to the Government’s Construction Strategy and the sustainability targets they have set.
With the construction industry being forecast to continually grow over the coming years, BIM has become a vital process which brings together information about every component of a built asset. BIM creates an environment which monitors the construction supply chain to identify opportunities to improve efficiencies.
BIM Certification will represent a construction business' ability to contribute information during the life cycle of a built asset through 3D modelling and digital data exchange. This enables real time decisions to be made, improving accuracy and saving time and money.
If you are a supplier for the design, construction and asset management industry then BIM certification is relevant to you and your organisation, regardless of your technical discipline, service or product. BIM is focused around information management; our certification demonstrates your ability to do this to the relevant BIM Level 2 related standards.
|BIM Standard||Description||Certification Scopes|
|PAS 1192-2:2013||Specification for information management capital/delivery phase of construction projects using building information modelling||Employer, Lead Supplier and Task Team|
|PAS 1192-3:2014||Specification for information management for the operational phase of assets using building information modelling (BIM)||Asset Owner, Operator and Maintainer|
|PAS 1192-5:2015||Specification for security-minded building information modelling, digital built environments and smart asset management||Asset Owner and Employer|
Our infographic shows how this may apply to your organisation.
If you require further information about Building Information Modelling, its application in the construction industry and the process for becoming BIM certified - please apply to our BIM Foundations training course.
Increasingly, organisations in the industry are operating on a global scale - and Stroma Certifcation is also able to provide Global BIM Certification. Please contact us to discuss how we can apply this solution to your global organisation.
BIM Certification provides your company with a recognised quality mark in addition to the number of other benefits of BIM in construction for contractors, building owners and the supply chain:
Stroma Certification makes it simple for any company within the design, engineering, construction industry to become BIM certified. You will be guided through the application, assessment process and certification cycle. You can also find helpful information by downloading our BIM members pack.
Complete Initial Enquiry form online and request a call back to discuss the process.
Complete our online BIM Certification scheme application form
After a desktop & on site assessment we will recommend you for certification
Our auditors will review your BIM processes for compliance every 12 months
Every 3 years your BIM Certification will be re-certified to the relevant standards
The length of the process for BIM Certification is dependent on the size and scope of your organisation. Stroma also offers training and certification for individuals who require competence in information management for a BIM project. Our friendly customer service team can advise you further on 0845 621 11 11.
Our customer service team will advise on the cost for the application and for any assessment(s) depending on the size of your company. Please complete the initial enquiry form below to speak to a member of our team and find out more information on BIM Certification or our other BIM services.
The fees for the BIM Certification Scheme cover the 3 critical stages in the certification process. This includes the application, Stage 1 Assessment and Stage 2 Assessment. Below is a summary of the base rate fees for BIM Certification.
|Stage 1 Desktop Assessment||£995*||Day rate|
|Stage 2 Office Based Assessment||£1,995*||Day rate|
*All prices exclude VAT