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In this briefing sheet, author Barry Tuckwood, on behalf of the BIM Action Group, provides an explanation of the UK Government's BIM Mandate. This includes an in-depth analysis of each step of the mandate.
Building Information Modelling (BIM) is mandated for April 2016, but what does a mandate do, and how does it work? There are economic and environmental benefits from BIM for the whole asset cycle from concept through design, construction and the life of the asset. Hence there is a good reason for the systematic roll-out of the use of BIM, to make sure it is thoroughly taken up by industry.
This briefing explains how I see the mandate working. I could be wrong, but this is what this mandate seems to me to look like in practice. It outlines the 4 major points behind making the BIM mandate work.
Firstly, it is very difficult and time-consuming to develop formal legislation, and it is not always necessary to do so.; I have worked on other programmes with central government; none required primary legislation for them to be carried from concept, through pilots and early adopters, and rollout to become part of business as usual. This mandate is an example of how people and organisations can be encouraged to take on a major requirement, involving significant change, without the need for formal legislation through Parliament.
So without primary legislation, how could a mandate work? Here is a skeleton mandate, with some explanation of what each step achieves.
The major points behind making the mandate work are, I think,
Please let us know of any factual errors or elements that are unclear. Here are areas where contributions and examples would be helpful:
Feedback and contributions are welcome to the ICE at firstname.lastname@example.org or to Barry Tuckwood at http://www.tuckwood.co.uk/contact_us.htm
If you would like to discuss your own approach to BIM please contact the author at http://www.tuckwood.co.uk/contact_us.htm.
Article republished with permission; originally published on www.tuckwood.co.uk/blog.