Building Information Modelling (BIM)

A key recommendation within Scottish Government's Construction Procurement review was the implementation of Building Information Modelling (BIM) to Level 2 by April 2017. The review set out the following recommendation which was endorsed by Scottish Ministers:

'The use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) should be introduced in central government with a view to encouraging its adoption across the entire public sector. The objective should be that, where appropriate, construction projects across the public sector in Scotland adopt a BIM level 2 approach by April 2017.'

As Scotland moves towards a digital built environment, BIM is seen as a key part for the future of the Scottish construction industry. BIM uses digital technology to improve the sharing and analysis of data within a construction project. Through improving data management and collaboration within projects, this will support the industry to deliver greater efficiencies through the design, construction and operational stages of a project. Public sector organisations have already begun this journey to ready themselves for the adoption of BIM level 2.

An initial step SFT has taken is to secure the appointment of David Philp to Chair the Scottish BIM Delivery Group. David brings a wealth of experience from his role as Head of BIM Implementation at the UK Cabinet Office and existing roles as Head of BIM at the UK BIM Task Group.

It is vital that between now and April 2017 that we can raise understanding of the Scottish BIM programme and its requirements to ensure that a consistent message is conveyed to the supply chain, best practice shared and an effective feedback route back to the BIM Delivery Group.

On 9 March 2017, the BIM Delivery Group launched the new BIM Guidance Portal for Scotland's Public Sector. Please click here to access the latest information, research and guidance.  

To download the BIM Implementation Plan - click here

Presentations from the launch of the BIM Implementation Plan can be viewed or downloaded by clicking on the links below:

Launch of BIM Implementation Plan and BIM Launch Introduction - Drivers for Change 


You can keep up-to-date with SFT's work on BIM at its twitter page at @SFT_BIM 

For further information, please contact the SFT BIM Delivery Group here