Building Information Modelling (BIM) will become a key part in the procurement of public buildings, according to the chief construction adviser to the Government
Paul Morrell told the Autodesk BIM conference that bidders and contractors working on building projects in the future will be asked to use BIM, the 3D modelling system which shares data between the archtiects and all the contractors on a building project.
The system allows those involved to create a digital model that can be used from the design stage through to monitoring a building’s performance once it has been completed.
Morrell gave a number of reasons for the move, saying it would reduce costs and ‘add long-term value to the development and management of built assets in the public sector’.
But he added the plan to use of BIM must be on the basis that it is secure, ‘and works for Government clients and those who deliver them’.
A trial of BIM is currently under way, and the test team will reports its findings to the Construction Clients Board early next year.
According to Morrell the report could ‘mark the beginning of a commitment to a timed programme of transformation’.
Phil Bernstein, vice-president of Autodesk, said: ‘We believe the recommendation to UK government construction procurers will drive industry change, just as similar decisions by the government have in the US.
‘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.’
However Robert Klaschka of Studio Klaschka has rasied some concerns: ‘Morrell’s support for BIM is encouraging, but doesn’t necessarily sit well with the governments cost cutting agenda. A BIM model requires higher up front design costs involved in the coordinated model to realise construction savings. Central government has never yet acknowledged this as an approach to improving value.’