BIM Level 2 may soon be adopted in Scotland as April 2017 marks the proposed deadline for implementation on appropriate construction projects funded through the public sector. Following the UK Government's mandate last year, the timeline for Scotland is another signal of an increasing shift in public sector construction strategy towards the obvious financial and efficiency benefits brought by Building Information Modelling.
BIM Level 2 was first proposed by the Scottish Government in their Construction Procurement review. The review was designed to harness the power of public spending to benefit the sustainability of the Scottish economy to create and support jobs, as well as to provide the infrastructure which will keep Scotland working for generations to come. BIM was identified as the means to achieve more certainty in the design of an asset before construction starts. Benefits such as reduced waste and improved environmental sustainability were also determined:
"The use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) should be introduced in central government with a view to encouraging its adoption across the entire public sector. The objective should be that, where appropriate, construction projects across the public sector in Scotland adopt a BIM level 2 approach by April 2017."
Scotland's move towards BIM is testament to a new way of thinking being encouraged in UK construction where the built environment transitions to a digital built environment. Efficiency gains are expected from this new approach which resonates through the design, construction and operational phases of an asset's lifecycle. This is achieved by the way in which BIM uses digital data collaboratively to manage, share and analyse information more effectively for any asset or infrastructure project.
Further information about Scotland's approach to BIM is available via the BIM Guidance Portal which was launched in March 2017 by the BIM Delivery Group (and the Scottish Futures Trust).
Stroma Certification has been helping to upskill the UK construction industry for more than a decade by facilitating the adaptation of companies to changing Government requirements. Our BIM Certification scheme offers certification to PAS 1192-2, which is the publically available standard that outlines the requirements of BIM Level 2. The scheme certifies companies, project managers and members of the supply chain to confirm that they can work in compliance with the new standard. In addition, we are providing regular dates for our one-day BIM Foundations training course. This outlines the policies, procedures and practices of BIM and offers guidance for companies interested in certification.