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New phase of smart infrastructure and construction


Intelligent building information models, sensing technology, secure data and information infrastructure is set to improve productivity and reduce costs in construction

Digital Built Britain is set to deliver reductions in whole-life costs and carbon emissions
Digital Built Britain is set to deliver reductions in whole-life costs and carbon emissions

The next phase of the UK’s internationally recognised Building Information Modeling Task Group programme will be announced today at the Institution of Civil Engineers BIM 2016 conference by Mark Bew MBE, chair of the BIM Task Group and the newly formed Digital Built Britain programme.


First announced in the budget this year, Digital Built Britain is set to deliver reductions in whole-life costs and carbon emissions, whilst improving productivity and capacity by using intelligent building information models, sensing technology, secure data and information infrastructure.


Digital Built Britain will also continue the work of the globally recognised BIMTask Group programme, set up in 2011 to deliver up to 20 per cent savings on costs of major projects.


The BIM task Group was responsible for the Product Data Definition, which provides a consistent approach to describing product information in plain language terms, and easing data and information exchange and translation through the lifecycle of an asset.


The Construction Products Association is now leading its implementation as LEXiCON, and already has the support of over 70 per cent of construction product trade associations to ensure those with the expertise identify what information should be shared.


Work on data infrastructure within the Digital Built Britain programme will help to deliver other government digital transformation objectives, including building successful UK sectors in smart cities, cyber and physical security and sensors through the Internet of Things.


The programme will provide a focus for aligning activity in the areas of BIM and smart cities, ensuring a consistent approach to this vital enabler of public services and economic growth.


The Digital Built Britain programme will focus on the following areas:


  • Providing departmental support and British Standards for BIM Level 2
  • Increased international trade and opportunities for growth for UK companies
  • Development of BIM Level 3 programme
  • Cyber security
  • Private sector investment and engagement
  • A series of early adopter projects focusing Level 3A and manufacturing technologies


The BIMTask Group in association with the British Standard Institute also announced that the UK edition of BIM Level 2 guidance will be published at the end of November.


The need for this guide is to help construction industry professionals, clients and asset owner/operators understand the main concepts underpinning Level 2 BIM, and how this can improve performance from asset delivery and operations teams, and derive greater value from the lifecycle of assets.


Mark Bew MBE, chair of the BIM Task Group, said: “Today marks a significant step in the journey to a digital economy for the built environment.

“The UK has made a significant step in creating a world-class position in delivering capability, standards and capacity in the sector to reduce cost and increase value.


“The coming together of the BIM and smart city programme into Digital Built Britain will continue this commitment to providing jobs, homes, services and growth to the UK economy.”


Peter Caplehorn deputy CEO and policy director of the construction products association said: “The digitalisation of the construction sector is revolutionising every aspect of the industry as it has done in other areas. Driving up performance reliability efficiency in construction is vital on an industry and national level. The DNA of construction is the products and ensuring they are fully connected to this sea change is crucial in making digital every day business. The CPA is delighted to support this change and its members through the launch of the LEXICON system."


Simon Hart, BIM Task Group, Innovate UK commented: “The use of the UK developed BIM standards is transforming the $10 trillion global construction sector towards improved productivity, competitiveness and efficiency and providing growth for UK small businesses at the forefront of this technology.”



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