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BIM for construction

A core part of the UK government’s construction strategy, Building Information Modelling is the process of creating a digital model of a building or infrastructure facility. The fundamental idea behind BIM is to create and share the right information at the right time throughout the design, construction and operation of a building or facility, in order to improve efficiency and decision making. The emphasis is on therefore on collaborative working between the various parties involved throughout the lifecycle of an asset. 

As the process of implementing BIM compliance is a lengthy one, various ‘levels’ have been defined which act as milestones. These levels can broadly be described as:

  • Level 0: 2D CAD with no collaboration.
  • Level 1: 2D or 3D CAD with no collaboration.
  • Level 2: 3D CAD with collaboration and information exchange between parties, but not via a single, shared model. 
  • Level 3: Full collaboration between parties, working on a single, shared model.


The UK government has set Level 2 as a minimum target for all public sector projects by April 2016. However, BIM is also being widely adopted in the private sector, with the most common adopters being architects and contractors. Further details on the government mandate were recently released, including the requirement for government departments to electronically validate BIM data by October 2016. 



BIM training subsidised by the CIOB

This training will empower managers and employers with the requisite knowledge of Level 2 BIM and offers an affordable and flexible option for managing, training and developing staff.

BIM+ portal

CIOB’s award-winning website for BIM-related news, plus information on BIM projects, education, people, and more.

Construction Manager Magazine

Includes the latest BIM news available online and in the weekly newsletter.

BIM adoption around the world (article)

This Construction Manager article summarises BIM progress in key nations around the world.

BIM Task Group website 

Bringing together experts from industry, government, public sector, institutes and academia, the Task Group is helping deliver the objectives of the UK Government Construction Strategy. The site offers news and links to key resources.

Level2BIM website from the BIM Task Group

This new website from the BIM Task Group will contain all the documentation related to the government BIM mandate, along with guidance and support materials. 

NBS National BIM Library

A range of free BIM tools and guides from the NBS National BIM Library, as well as a comprehensive collection of free BIM objects and plug-ins for CAD software.

NBS BIM Toolkit

The free-to-use NBS BIM Toolkit provides step-by-step help to define, manage and validate responsibility for information development and delivery at each stage of the asset lifecycle. 

Designing Buildings Wiki 

The Designing Buildings site aims to have all construction industry knowledge in one place, available to everyone for free.

PAS1192-2 Specification for information management for the capital/delivery phase of construction projects using building information modelling 

Available as a free download from BSI. Building on PAS 1192:2007 this specification focuses on project delivery.

Government paper: Building Information Modelling

This free download sets out the government strategy for BIM growth and opportunities. 

Construction Industry Council BIM Protocol

CIC’s Standard Protocol for use in projects using BIM. 

BIM For Dummies (book) 

An easy-to-follow introduction to BIM with plenty of hands-on advice.

BIM and Construction Management, Second Edition (book)

Updated for 2015, this books shows how to incorporate BIM and other technologies into all phases of construction management. 

BIM Handbook (book)

Provides an in-depth understanding of BIM technologies and implementation.