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Centre for Digital Built Britain


Building on work already begin by the UK BIM Task Group, the Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB) team is leading the next stage in the UK construction industry’s digital evolution. 

National Infrastructure Commission Report: Data for Public Good (2017)

The Commissioners recommend that CDBB lead collaborations to create a digital framework for infrastructure data, drawing together key organisations and existing industry and government initiatives to collaborate in developing standards and developing a culture of data sharing; and that CDBB work with the Alan Turing Institute and the Infrastructure Transitions Research Consortium (ITRC) in pioneering digital twin models with predictive capability in the UK.

Government Construction Strategy: 2016-2020 (2016)

In March 2016 the Government published a policy paper for its construction strategy. Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Digital Construction formed an important part of the strategy and is helping to increase productivity and collaboration through technology.

Budget statement (2016)

The 2016 budget contains a number of action points on digital including ‘The government will develop the next digital standard for the construction sector – Building Information Modelling 3 – to save owners of built assets billions of pounds a year in unnecessary costs, and maintain the UK’s global leadership in digital construction.’

Digital Built Britain Strategy (2015)

The Digital Built Britain Strategy published in February 2015 provides one consistent vision to how we create a high-performing, transparent digital economy that efficiently delivers services to all of us. Following the March 2016 Budget the government pledged to develop a new digital standard for construction and to this end HM Treasury committed £15m over the next three years for the development of Level 3.

Level 2 BIM Mandate

April 2016 marked the UK Government’s chosen staging post ‘BIM Level 2’ within its wider BIM programme. BIM Level 2, described as ‘collaborative BIM’ allows participants to define, share and validate outputs via digital transactions through a range of assets delivered in a structured and reusable form.

Following April 2016 the DBB Public Sector Level 2 BIM Working group continues to ensure the mandate was met and help central government departments achieve a state of BIM Level 2 Readiness.

Formation of BIM Task Group (2012)

The BIM Task group, a joint UK Government–industry working group was formed to support the UK BIM programme and the adoption of BIM Level 2. To aid adoption, the task group funded, developed and made freely available to industry a suite of enabling standards, case studies and lessons learnt reports. As well as setting up a number of communities sharing knowledge and best practice, the Task group’s aim was to assist Government departments to prepare and mobilise towards the Level 2 BIM Mandate. 

BIM Strategy Paper (March 2011)

The BIM Industry Working Group’s report to the Government Construction Client Group in 2011 recommended a phased strategy approach to deliver a structured government sector capability to adopt BIM over a 5 year period. The report proposed a push–pull strategy, with the supply chain urged to reach a minimum level of performance, now known as ‘Level 2’, by 2016.

Government Construction Strategy (May 2011):

The Strategy was published in May 2011 and publicly launched by the Minister for the Cabinet Office, Francis Maude, in July 2011. This was a framework for a range of workstreams, all of which had the ultimate aim of reducing the cost of government construction projects by 15-20% by the end of the then current Parliament.

Amongst a range of initiatives such as elimination of waste, new methods of procurement, value for money, and benchmarking, the adoption of Building Information Modelling (BIM) played a central role within the strategy. The achievement of BIM Level 2 on all centrally procured HM Government projects by April 2106 was a central theme along with Soft Landings.