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BIM Level 3 plans in Construction Strategy

01 April 2016

Included in the launch of the government's Construction Strategy 2016-20 is a pledge to roll out building information modelling (BIM) Level 3.

Launched last week, the strategy aims to save £1.7bn from the cost of public projects, as well as hiring 20,000 construction apprentices by 2020.

While progress on BIM Level 3 is regarded as good news by many, the FM industry is widely regarded as not having embraced Level 2 to a sufficient level as yet.

However, the efforts of the majority of main contractors and consultants in using Level 2 is expected to see more FM companies follow suit in the future.

One of the driving factors is that buildings constructed with Level 2 are now being handed over to FM companies, who can then use the data to manage buildings more effectively.

Increasing use of BIM is expected to deliver cost savings throughout the life span of buildings.

Among those welcoming the new Construction Strategy was BSRIA chief executive Julia Evans, who stated her organisation was pleased that there would be no change to Government Soft Landings (GSL).

"We are supportive of the government's commitment to GSL - as we believe soft landings is a highly effective tool to reduce the performance gap," she said.

"The strategy states that 'GSL seeks to align the interests of those who design and construct an asset with those who subsequently use it, which will also help realise the full benefits of BIM Level 2', which is encouraging," said Ms Evans.

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