BIM 2 companies to receive common certification

A new certification scheme is to be developed to recognise companies who comply with the latest BIM Level 2 modelling.

The UK Accreditation Service (UKAS) has been instructed by the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy, to create and oversee a new umbrella scheme which will provide a single certification arrangement for BIM compliant construction companies.

A number of certification schemes are already in existence for BIM Level 2 but the new initiative aims to provide a common system for achieving BIM certification, although the exact details are still to be announced.

It is expected that a pilot assessment programme will develop the required assessment and accreditations needed in order to comply with international conformity assessment standards.

Mark Bew, chairman of the government’s BIM Task Group, announced the plan for new certification as he officially launched Digital Built Britain at a conference in London this month.

Adam Davis is a Partner with Palmers who specialises in helping clients understand the ramifications of business information modelling. He commented: “Given that the government has set a target of achieving BIM maturity level 2 by the end of 2016, on all public sector asset procurement, many companies within the sector are keen to demonstrate compliance.

“The new plans for a common certification standard for BIM 2 is sensible but appears to be some way off and in the meantime the onus is on individual companies to get themselves up to speed and ensure they can demonstrate they meet the required standards to be shortlisted for new projects.

“Anyone operating within the construction and engineering sector needs to be up to speed with the latest BIM developments and how it will affect their business now and in the future.”

In 2016, Palmers has held a series of BIM seminars and another seminar is planned for early 2017. Please contact Adam Davis for further details.

For information on how, BIM will impact on project delivery and help with compliance and contractual issues relating to BIM, contact Palmers specialist construction team.