BIM to become part of public procurement process
The government’s chief construction adviser Paul Morell has indicated that Building Information Modelling (BIM) will become a key part of the procurement of public buildings.
Speaking at Autodesk’s BIM Conference yesterday, Morrell indicated that bidders and contractors on future public building projects would be asked to use BIM.
“I am convinced that this is the way to unlock new ways of working that will reduce cost and add long-term value to the development and management of built assets in the public sector, but the move needs to be made on a basis that is secure, that works for government clients and those who deliver services to them, and which draws on proven means of integrating the supply chain,” said Morrell.
A trial team is currently testing the use of BIM in government projects and will report its findings to the Construction Clients Board in March. Morrell said that he hoped that the report would “mark the beginning of a commitment to a timed programme of transformation”.
BIM is a 3D modelling system that involves data sharing between all the contractors on a project to create a digital model that can be used from a project’s early design stages through to completion and monitoring of subsequent performance.
“We believe that yesterday’s recommendation to UK government construction procurers will drive industry change, just as similar decisions by the government have in the US,” said Autodesk vice-president Phil Bernstein.
“We also believe that these clear incentives will encourage the use of BIM methodology by government and the wider construction industry. They will provide better value for construction spend while enhancing environmentally responsible building design, construction and operation.”