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Centre for Digital Built Britain


Interoperability is pivotal to delivering the ‘whole life’ beneficial outcomes of Building Information Modelling (BIM) to all parties, by providing a means of information transfer between different proprietary technologies; beneficial outcomes not just for clients who own, operate and maintain assets, but the whole construction industry. Following an evidence gathering exercise which resulted in the BIM Interoperability Expert Group report which was published in April 2020, it is evident that not only is there a need to find better solutions for appropriate, timely information transfer between systems e.g. from delivery phase information models to asset management systems, but also to support changes to the way that information is being generated, processed and stored.

In order to address these issues the BIM Interoperability Expert Group established a series of seven technical workstreams (see below). These workstreams made up of industry experts, with the aim of delivery specific pieces of work to close the gap between strategic aspirations and real world practical delivery. Find out more about each of the workstreams and their technical leads. 

  1. Classification Schema Alignment
  2. Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) and COBie
  3. Communication and Engagement: Education and Skills
  4. Standards
  5. Information Management Platform
  6. Standard Information Approach
  7. Procurement for Interoperability

Information Interoperability - Business Benefits Case

The BIEG has published a new Information interoperability: business benefits case tool, which helps organisations to understand and unlock the benefits of information interoperability. The tool is easy to use to identify the specific business benefits by organisation type and by role focus – strategic, management and delivery across five of the BIM Interoperability Expert Group workstreams.

The organisational types cover key functions across the demand and supply chain, ranging from owner occupiers to manufacturers, all of who can derive benefits and value from enabling, supporting and implementing information interoperability.

In the video below Andy Boutle takes us through the new interactive tool