England World Cup legend Sir Geoff Hurst has presented contractors with awards to celebrate their work towards achieving the government’s 2016 Building Information Modelling (BIM) requirement.
The 16 companies have all taken part in the National Federation of Builders’ (NFB) BIM Exemplar programme, which is supported by the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB).
Over the last three years, each company has worked with an NFB BIM Adviser to assess their BIM progress in relation to the 2016 requirement and to implement a programme to develop its understanding of BIM and how to use it to their benefit.
From next year, Level 2 BIM will become mandatory on all government projects. Level 2 involves the parties involved using their own BIM 3D models and then sharing and coordinating information, with the aim of increasing productivity in the design and construction stages.
Sir Geoff told guests at the awards evening, held at the House of Commons on 16 February: “BIM is a lot like football; having clear purpose, good teamwork and executing good exchanges.”
The NFB said the BIM Exemplar programme was part of its work to get small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) “up and running in the world of BIM”, adding that BIM offered “many opportunities and benefits”.
The government’s 2016 requirement will intensify the focus on BIM over the coming months, including the way its use on construction projects affects contractual issues and liability for defects.