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.

what’s hot and what’s not – thesis advice – use or discard warning given

Advice is a dangerous thing, not to be given lightly…

However here goes anyway with some advice to a student friend and colleague on a big subject…


Look forward to seeing you when you are down in London.

I am glad that you are able to apply things we practiced earlier in University now, that’s great.

Hopefully when I was pedantic about something early on; now it’s more clear for you why, within this later application.

As for views requested – okay done – here goes – use or discard as you like…

An overview statement would be – be careful here – you are on such a big subject it will roll over the top of you and crush you before you push it up the hill,  if you don’t put some chocks under the wheels.

What I mean is – make some positioning statements early on as to what you are really looking at – define it right down to a single question…

Then give a framework to the answers and some background research to back up your conclusions.

Test this question to yourself and to others – if it does not define exactly what you are doing in it’s own right and communicates this quickly to the reader – then redefine your question.

It’s difficult to get it straight away – keep refining over time…

This primary question should be so good the reader almost does not need to read the rest of the thesis…

How tech has effected architecture over the last decade… hmmmmn

I would suggest you refine this question much further – its too generic at the moment…

As a further clue – try inserting words after architecture for instance… you could also insert words after decade – where, how, why… etc

When you consider the question initially – well this is actually a very defined period of time – 10 years is nothing really looking at the big picture…

What I mean is for example – take a look at autocad for instance as a user defined industry standard vector drawing package – what has it morphed to within the last 10 years – hardly any difference over 10 years in real terms…

Looking wider at the market – what have companies been up to in terms of RnD – research and development?

The observations can give insight into what’s hot and what’s not…

With regard to Autocad – what has the parent company –autodesk’ been doing – well lot’s actually…

They have ran beta software such as Vasari, 123Catch – 3d photography into modelling at a touch of your iPhone, 123d sculpture on the iPad, touch based sculpture into an obj textured file for input to rendering studio of choice etc.

They have bought up REVIT and pushed this forward…

What have rivals been doing?

Google Sketchup – why have they done what they have done – what’s their game…

Microsoft – they lost to google with their world mapping and 3d modelling fight…

Bentley Microstation – this is set up differently – you can model processes…

Such as Graphisoft, Such as Nemetchek Allplan? Note: Allplan was 20 years ahead, 20 years ago… scary.


Drawing Express

You should do some research – you will find the answers interesting… …sometimes lack of change or development is interesting if you look ‘between the lines…’

As you know my interest now is in 3d high definition scanning with photography – this has been kicking around since 15 years ago however in real terms it is only deliverable now with recent advances in math based programming and faster processors.

As a separate branch of research and reference, I suggest you look to some of the big name ‘signature building’ architects…

Set this up like the following: In asking what changes tech has made in the last 10 years, it is natural to then look at what architect’s have made an impact recently and what tech is directly connected to their architectural ‘form and function’.

Look at signature buildings that have complex form – this might be a skyscraper that has a rotated floor plan – parametric modelling such as REVIT.

This might be something like Frank Gehry‘s free form structures – he has his own in house bespoke CAD software that delivers the free form cladding shapes etc. in terms of fabrication.

A few of the ‘big boys’ have their own CAD solutions.

So, in terms of structure from these reference points – I would suggest you concentrate on one or two examples and reach a conclusion with reference to each example.

Then finish off by saying something like it’s an ongoing process, any time period is arbitrary as the situation is constantly evolving.

For some fun and interest pick on some software and expand on how this may change working practices in the future…

The above is rough and ready, but it’s my quick advice moving forward on such a project.

I have set up a blog on these subjects – it’s early days, however if you would like to contribute I would appreciate it.

So what I need from you is live posts and responses to subjects along these lines…

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It’s an wild foray into blogging, I have set up a few on different subjects and currently am experimenting.


This becomes a blog entry on the site – it is then referenced under relevant category etc

Thanks and Regards



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