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Reconsidering BIM Strategy: Collaboration Not Fragmentation

There has been significant praise heaped upon the UK government for its building information modelling (BIM) adoption strategy. “The UK’s approach to BIM is seen as the model by the rest of the world,” said Gavin Bonner, Global BIM Manager at Cundall. Its mandate on BIM use in all public sector projects has driven the adoption of the technology across the UK construction sector. However, some are now beginning to suggest that this strategy may be causing fragmentation rather than facilitating collaboration as it intends. The UK government currently mandates that all centrally-procured projects be delivered using BIM level 2, which involves developing building information in a collaborative 3D environment with data attached, created in separate discipline models. In their 2016 Budget Announcement, the ruling party also made clear its strong intention to push its construction sector onto BIM level 3 in the not so distant future. “If BIM is about collaborative working, managing information […]

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