BIM level compliance – what this means to you now and in moving forward…

BIM level compliance – what this mean to you now and in moving forward…


Building Information Modeling – BIM

BIM levels are an accepted measure of BIM enablement.

A graded scale of 0 – 3 inclusive…

…with recently understood new terms of 4d ( time ), 5d ( cost management ) and 6d ( FM – facilities management )


Level 2 compliance is at the forefront of discussions as the government has placed a deadline of 2016 for this minimum compliance level for all public sector work.

This has a knock on effect across sectors and the supply chain will begin to ‘feel the bite’ of this deadline well in advance as due diligence checks will be required across all team members in advance of the 2016 deadline.

BIM Compliance levels 1-6 inclusive…

level 0 BIM

You are not working collaboratively.

Your business knowledge and project delivery is suffering from a ‘silo mentality’.

Your delivery techniques utilise 2d drafting.

level 1 BIM

No real collaboration between disciplines.

You may use 3d information and modeling within a 2d deliverable workflow.

CAD standards are managed to say BS 1192:2007, and electronic sharing of data is carried out from a common data environment (CDE)

level 2 BIM

This is all about collaborative working.

All teams and stakeholders use and access their own project based 3D CAD models.

The team is not necessarily working on a single, shared model.

The collaboration comes in the form of how the information is exchanged between different parties – and is the crucial aspect of this level.

Design information is shared through a common file format, which enables any organisation to be able to combine that data with their own in order to make a federated BIM model, and to carry out interrogative checks on it.

Relevant KPI’s for instance might include collision records and resolution.

Hence any CAD software that each party used must be capable of exporting to one of the common file formats such as IFC (Industry Foundation Class) or COBie (Construction Operations Building Information Exchange).

This is the method of working that has been set as a minimum target by the UK government for all work on public-sector work, by 2016.

Level 3 BIM

Full collaboration between all parties and stakeholders.

Single database access and shared dynamic information.

Also known as ‘open BIM’.

The nature of this collaboration will also influence how projects are being procured.

In contractual terms this leads us towards shared risk and partnering solutions such as management boards.

In reality traditional contracting is currently being replaced with these shared risk procurement solutions within fast track delivery programmes as project risk requires to be weighted and controlled.


The introduction of time within the implementation and delivery process of the collaborative project approach.


Cost Management


FM based controls – facilities management.

Currently our team operations are encompassing BIM level 3 enablement including time, cost and FM based delivery.

We have industry leading communication tracking at the heart of our workflow with full audit trails and transparency of reporting through the BIM process incorporating governance, risk and compliance measures.

email is dead…

Email is dead…

…at least for professional use, for marketing and commercial purposes such as retail and online shopping it’s going to adapt and change over time.

122,500,453,020 emails are sent every hour. – MarketingProfs (2014)

A lot of business managers at the moment probably feel they are getting copied in to a large proportion of this global traffic.

Numerous authors have tried to address this issue surrounding email’s longevity and use…

Email is not dead because people want to write to one another, using their email accounts, in more than 140-character bursts,” says Neil Schwartzman, Executive Director, CAUCE

Okay – that’s one way of looking at it, however in business clients and managers simply do not want to receive long emails.

Just try sending a very long email in business these days and just for good measure add some weighty attachments – you may find yourself alienated from your colleagues and clients.

Gone are the days you can even expect emails sent to actually be read and acted upon.

People are overwhelmed – on an individual level each person tends to have strategies for handling information overload – some work, some don’t…

Currently lines of communication are speeding up – people want simple interchanges on matters and don’t want to ‘…read all about it…’ at any great length.

As we all go mobile on various devices we really don’t want to put old fashioned niceties in front and underneath short statements of response or enquiry.

That said in business managers also want a full audit trail and methods which demonstrate full transparency of all decision making relevant to subject and discipline.

We are moving into cloud based collaborative working practices where complex tasks with matters such as due diligence, project management and Building Information Modelling are currently being discussed live and dynamically with scattered support from email.

However the audit trail related to this email support function and the record of agreement related to daily communications is far from transparent and if manager’s actually wanted to admit, the information and communication lines are not under control.

In terms of governance. risk and compliance we need new systems of delivery with strategic processes that protect our business interests and allow us to collaborate as a diverse team across international locations.

The Solution…

Instigate new strategy and process controls to your business which by nature are constantly and dynamically adapting to the change and flow of your daily deliverables and measured performance.

Deliver governance, risk and compliance measures while being integrated directly into your teams workflow.

Achieve full audit trails including all transparency of communications and every decision made.

An automated process which empowers your team and includes your clients and stakeholders, giving the right information to the right people at the right time.