Where has Level 2 BIM got to with infrastructure?

31st March 2014 marked the day the BIM Task Group and BSI (British Standards Institution) published the fifth in their series of seven documents to describe the process of delivering Level 2 BIM to the UK market. The programme, launched in 2011 as part of the Construction Strategy, marked its half way point with the issue of “PAS1192:3:2014 – Specification for information management for the operational phase of assets using building information modelling”. This, along with the recent completion of “COBie for All”, is clear evidence that the focus of the BIM Task Group team’s activities are on infrastructure and operations.

The process of ensuring the handover of useful data to an operator, rather than the pile of Operation and Maintenance (O&M) manuals traditionally handed over from the contractor (now joined with a BIM) has long challenged operations and maintenance businesses. The lack of up-front engagement and involvement often means that an operational strategy (see PAS55 and ISO 55000) is missing until it’s too late. The result is a complete mis-match between what is received and what is required. Through the use of the clear guidance offered by the latest documents and the use of Government Soft Landings this must become a thing of the past.

BS1192:4:2014 is due for delivery in mid-2014 and this document marks the formal standardisation of the “COBie” data format as a standard. This work builds on COBie-UK-2012 which was the first UK iteration and incorporates the work completed by the “COBie for All” team, who have extensively explored the use of COBie across the infrastructure market. Their findings and the experience from the worked examples are documented on the labs area of the BIM Task Group website (address opposite).


The ICE have also joined the activity and have created a BIM Action Group, which has already done much good work to ensure the needs of the infrastructure sector are addressed. Last autumn’s third ICE BIM Conference was an indicator of the progress made over the past few years, with three detailed client presentations indicating real leadership and a clear desire to improve performance and deliver service excellence to our customers.

One of the Institution’s most important tasks is to support the membership in their professional lives, to continue to be inspired and relevant to the market and to excel in all they do. A key goal of the ICE BIM Action Group is to create “The Best Digital Civil Engineers in the World”. The team created a “BIM Heat Map” last autumn and this indicated a wide appreciation of BIM, but, not surprisingly, many gaps when it came to detailed experience and capability. The team plans to repeat the exercise this year.

With Thames Tideway, High Speed 2, Network Rail, Water AMP programmes and a renewed focus on carbon emissions and their impact on the environment, there has never been a more important time to ensure you remain in the vanguard of the UK Engineering environment and that you are “the best digital civil engineer you can be”.

Future projects such as the spectacular Twin Sails Bridge in Poole are anticipated to achieve significant efficiency gains over past traditional methods of design & construction management


For further information please contact Mark Bew, Chairman HMG BIM Task Group, Chairman Building SMART UK and Director, Engineering Construction Strategies Ltd (E-mail:
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