Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a process that encourages collaborative working between all the disciplines involved in the design, construction, maintenance and use of a building.

To be BIM compliant all parties must use a Common Data Environment (CDE), making sure that everyone in the process has access to the most up to date information, which is presented in the same format. This substantially reduces the risk for errors. Numerous case studies that have adopted the BIM procedures have demonstrated savings in the overall project cost through significant reduction in waste that is attributed to poor communications and errors in data exchange. As such many governments – including the UK Government from April 2016 – require, or are planning to require, all publicly funded projects to be BIM Level 2 compliant.

Through BIM, people involved with any building have roles and responsibilities , and will need to input and share information. This includes the client, who will need to ensure clarity of their specification, and the facilities managers who will have a responsibility to keep information up to date as the building is maintained and altered throughout its life.

BIM is not just software. More importantly it is the process that is set out in PAS 1192 and the soon to be launched International Standard (ISO), which clarifies the exchange of information and standardizes the format for drawing labeling.

It is sponsored by the Construction Industry Council (CIC) and published by The British Standards Institution (BSI).

Find a range of BIM related courses and learning materials here: BRE Academy

Find a useful guide to BIM related terminology here: BIM terminology, a BRE guide

Page last updated: October 15, 2016