Building Information Modelling

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, tt involves the collation of digital information, definition of roles & responsibilities, planning and scheduling, costing, standard methods and procedures, use of common data environments (CDEs), mobilisation, classification and naming conventions, asset management, security, health & safety and more. From April 2016, the Government Mandated the use ofBIM Level 2 on all centrally procured Government projects. Since there we have seen the wider adoption of BIM, both nationally and globally.


What is Building Information Modelling (BIM)?


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.

Building Information Modelling - BIM

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.

Did you know?

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.





BIM Facts

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).


BIM Government Funded Projects

50% reduction in the construction lifecycle and project timeline

BIM Annual Savings

33% reduction in construction and life cycle costs for an asset

BIM Growth

50% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions in the built environment


50% trade gap reduction (imports vs exports) for construction materials




Explaining the BIM levels

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):


BIM Level 0 (pre-2011)

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.

BIM Level 1 (2011)

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.

BIM Level 2 (2016)

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.

BIM Level 3 (20??)

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 adoption by the 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.



BIM in the construction industry

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 replicate the entire life cycle of a built asset through 3D modelling and digital data collection, enabling real time decisions to be made, improving accuracy and saving time and money.

Building Information Modelling


Who should apply for BIM Certification?

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 Roles
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.


Global BIM Certification

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.

Benefits of BIM Certification

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:

  • Tender pre-qualification (e.g. PAS 91, Table 8)
  • Additional evidence to support tenders
  • Win centrally procured Government contracts
  • Client/Employer trust in your BIM credentials
  • Internal competence for relevant BIM roles
  • Consistency in BIM approach nationally
  • Improved operational effectiveness
  • Increased market access nationally & globally
  • More confidence in supply chain & partners
  • Improvements in supply chain effieciency
  • Preferred suppliers to primary Tier companies
  • Reduce costs across your business
  • Maintain market advantage
  • Brand and reputation protection
  • Ability to operate to BIM globally
  • Stay abreast of digital construction trends






What is the process for BIM Certification?

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.


Request a BIM Certification Quote

Step 1

Initial Enquiry

Complete Initial enquiry form online and request a call back to discuss the process.

Request a BIM Certification Quote

Step 2

Application

Complete our online BIM Certification scheme application form

Initial BIM Certification

Step 3

Initial Certification

After a desktop & on site assessment we will recomend you for certification

BIM Surveilance Audits

Step 4

Surveillance Audits

Our auditors will review your management system for compliance every 12 months

BIM Re-Certification

Step 5

Re-Certification

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 building information into a BIM project. Our friendly customer service team can advise you further on 0845 621 11 11.


Certification Scheme Information

  • Application Welcome Letter
    • Introduces the applicant to Stroma Certification’s application process and explains the relevant scheme documents contained within the Members Pack.
  • Certification Application Form
    • To be completed for those Organisations requiring certification.
  • Scheme Membership Handbook
    • Documents the certification scheme processes for granting, refusing, maintaining, renewing, suspending, restoring or withdrawing certification or expanding or reducing the scope of certification.
  • Complaints & Appeals Policy
    • Documents how a complaint or appeal can be notified to Stroma Certification and how it will be dealt with. Further information is also available on the Consumer Advice page.
  • Support Policy
    • Documents the means by which Stroma Certification can be contacted concerning BIM certification and other business related activities.

How much does BIM Certification cost?

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.

Summary of Fees

Activity Fee Fee Structure
Application £495* Fixed fee
Stage 1 Desktop Assessment £995* Day rate
Stage 2 Office Based Assessment £1,995* Day rate

*All prices exclude VAT


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