Tuesday22 August 2017

NBS bags government funding for BIM tool

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Project aims to complete final parts of level 2 BIM strategy

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The government’s Technology Strategy Board has made a £50,000 funding award to a team from the National Building Specification (NBS) service for the development of a BIM procurement tool.

The feasibility project involves the development of a free-to-use digital BIM tool that can capture, validate and store information based on the publicly available level 2 BIM standards, with a key requirement that it includes a digital plan of works and classification system.

NBS, which is part of RIBA Enterprises, will work alongside BIM Academy, BDP, Laing O’Rourke, Microsoft and Newcastle University on the project, building on some 6,000 object definitions that are currently in use in the UK construction industry through the NBS Create and NBS National BIM Library initiatives.

BIM barcode house

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BIM barcode house

NBS director of design and innovation Stephen Hamil said BIM would be a crucial enabler to achieve the targets of the government’s construction strategy of building at a lower cost, in a faster time period and with lower emissions.

“This project will be the key deliverable that will complete level 2 BIM by providing the industry with a free-to-use digital toolkit to open standards,” he said.

“For NBS to be chosen to lead a team to deliver this feasibility study is a great achievement and is recognition of the leadership we have shown in recent years. It’s also fantastic to have such well-respected organisations alongside us.”

NBS is one of a number of teams undertaking feasibility studies for the Technology Strategy Board. It said further development funding of up to £1 million could be made available for further development work later in the year.



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