In 2011 the UK Government Construction Strategy set targets for reducing capital costs in the public sector by 20% and meeting the UK carbon reduction commitments, which include reducing emissions by 50% by 2019.
The report highlighted a number of aspects to achieving these targets and the use of BIM was mandated as one of the key components in the strategy. This set in motion the BIM Task Group, producing several reports, initiatives, working groups and pilot projects.
Meanwhile the construction industry has continued to grapple with adopting BIM on projects, with varying degrees of success, and also numerous conferences have taken place and groups have been developed, recently including the Regional BIM Hubs, now known as the BIM Regions founded in 2012, founded in partnership with the BIM Task Group and the CIC.
However the frequent cry that has been made is that we need guidance and standards and whilst those leading the initiative have openly acknowledged this, there have been a number of working groups beavering away in the background over the last few years to deliver exactly this information the industry needs. These are now the Level 2 documents.
The following documents represent “the 8 pillars of BIM Level 2” and unfortunately are required reading and understanding. There is no short cut. All of us need to at least have some knowledge of these standards and processes, at a minimum level relative to our own role, but beyond that to understand the context within which project teams will be working from now on.