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 Outputs of the BIM in Local Authorities Working Group 


Key Outputs

  • The group has published BIM in Local Authorities a white paper commissioned to explore the barriers and issues surrounding the implementation and adoption of digital ways of working and BIM in local authority organisations and sugesting mitigations, tools and guidance to support
  • Production of a brief BIM information video aimed at local authority leaders. (see below)
  • The production of an at-glance Roadmap with detailed reference sections supporting ‘journey points’ (start of the journey, BIM in organisational planning, BIM in capital project delivery, etc.. The Roadmap will also include a discovery phase checklist.
  • Also planned are case studies, guides and templates for tenders.  
  • Read: Blog: Sparking digital transformation in local authorities - by Terry Stocks



BIM in Local Authorities Video

Created with the input of a range of local authorities on our working group we have produced a short video. This is aimed at senior council staff and councillors which sets out the benefits of adoption and features a case study from Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council and is aimed at supporting other local authorities to take the first step on the BIM journey.  The real value of BIM for local authorities is making sure that your data is in the right place, at the right time and in the right format. In particular, establishing a reliable and accessible data set will significantly speed up your organisation’s planning, risk assessments, action planning and reporting, as well as compliance assurance. importantly, implementing digital ways of working and data management processes will help to deliver against policy drivers around the environment, health and safety and operational efficiency. Of course, the cost of BIM implementation needs to be proportionate and you can start with a ‘light touch’ proof of concept first stage may be management or file storage systems, such as Microsoft SharePoint or Teams.  BIM is about more than creating 3-D models – it is about providing reliable access to information that allows you to efficiently plan, design, construct and operate your estates and assets.  


Roadmap and Toolkit

Please find below the BIM Early Steps Roadmap and Toolkit (via which is designed to enable local authorities to transform and put innovation at the heart of how they plan, procure build and operate their buildings and estates. 

Next Steps

For local authorities looking to take the next step in their digital journey these introductory tools will be supplemented by a Government Soft Landings navigator for local authorities later in the spring which provides a framework to put building user needs at the heart of the design, build and handover of buildings.