What is BIM? (Building Information Modelling)

BIM means many different things to different people.  It’s all about collaboration - between engineers, owners, architects and contractors in a three dimensional environment (common data environment), and it shares information across these disciplines. BIM is the management of information through the whole life cycle of a built asset, from initial design all the way through to construction, maintaining and finally de-commissioning. 

BIM allows design and construction teams to communicate about design and coordinate information across different levels that has been unseen before. This information remains with the project throughout its lifetime.

It can be used for a wide range of projects such as a new building or railway infrastructure. The use of BIM goes beyond the planning and design phase of the project, extending throughout the building life cycle, supporting processes including cost management, construction management, project management and facility operation.

The UK government will mandate BIM Level 2 for all centrally procured government contracts from April 2016. BSI is addressing the requirement by supporting the industry with a range of BIM solutions.