calfordseaden’s BIM Manager, Varun Soni, attended last week’s Residential Construction Network (RCN) seminar as a guest speaker. The event – titled ‘Is BIM working for Local Authorities?’ – aimed to underline the universally-recognised benefits of the use of BIM in public construction projects.
The government’s Digital Built Britain programme acknowledges the need to incorporate BIM into centrally-procured public projects. Central to the programme is the goal to have all projects working to BIM Level 3 by 2025. Despite this drive towards the universal implementation of BIM, studies have found that 40% of those in the construction industry are still not sufficiently equipped to work to BIM Level 2.
Varun’s presentation discussed:
- How education and professional guidance for all stakeholders is vital to the process, ensuring that additional costs and changes to traditional workflows are fully understood;
- Recommendations for a phased BIM approach which starts with live projects and incorporates project reviews and feedback mechanisms;
- The obstacles to implementation, which include reluctance from suppliers and key decision makers;
- How the BIM Mandate will lead to the creation of a ‘golden thread’ of information throughout a building’s lifecycle;
- The benefits of BIM, which include collaborative work across services, better facilities and asset management, and finer detail and costing during the construction process.
Varun was joined by Patrick King of ECD Architects, Luke Pereira of Westminster City Council and Andrew Jolly of Elementa, all of whom reiterated the importance of BIM for local authorities as they strive to meet government housing targets.