Practice leads way on BIM

A leading architecture and design practice has become the first in the UK to be assessed under a building information management (BIM) certification scheme.

BDP, a practice of architects, designers, engineers and city planning specialists with offices across the UK and overseas, was awarded certificate number 001 by BRE Global under its BIM Level 2 Business Systems Certification Scheme in November.

BRE Global, the Building Research Establishment’s independent approvals arm, carried out a site audit to review processes and procedures at BDP’s London studio as part of the certification process.

Its director Martin Ganley said: “Certification under the scheme saves time in tendering processes and puts businesses like BDP at the forefront of the BIM working environment.”

Alistair Kell, information and technology director at BDP, said: “BDP is delighted to be the first organisation in the UK to have achieved BIM Level 2 Business System Certification.

“This is a significant step along our BIM journey, both validating the investment and commitment we have made in redefining our processes to align with emerging BIM technologies whilst also providing a recognisable auditable standard to demonstrate our abilities externally. Our next step is to achieve Business Systems certification for the remainder of our studios.”

BIM provides a digital 3D image of a building through each phase of construction, which enables architects, contractors and other parties involved to identify potential obstacles that might occur during the build and make changes before work starts. The process can deliver significant savings by improving the ability avoid setbacks, keeping projects on time and on budget.

In 2016, the UK government will require fully collaborative 3D BIM – with all-electronic project and asset information, documentation and data – as a minimum requirement on all government projects.

As BIM continues to evolve, and more construction sector businesses adopt this approach, Palmers Solicitors can advise and assist with related issues, including commercial agreements. For more information, please contact Adam Davis.