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Centre for Digital Built Britain


CDBB, a partner in the Construction Innovation Hub, has published The Building Information Modelling (BIM) Interoperability Report for consultation. It forms part of the Construction Innovation Hub’s work to grow the digital economy for the construction and infrastructure sector, and to develop and promote digital ways of working as enablers of greater whole-life-value in the built environment.

The report, produced with oversight from the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), the Infrastructure Projects Authority (IPA), and support from the UK BIM Alliance, gives recommendations to Government on how to continue to support existing BIM policy, referred to as the ‘BIM Mandate’ and implement a series of recommendations in order to achieve interoperable information exchange across the asset lifecycle.

Key themes included: the need for continued government leadership, greater standardisation, education and upskilling; and support of the development of the Industry Foundation Class and model view definitions, including COBie, to support all asset types.


Public Consultation on the report

Submissions are now closed

CDBB is interested in feedback on the key enablers of improved interoperability put forward in the report (pages 11-12 and 17-22).

Primary recommendations:

  • Classification Schema Alignment
  • COBie – Practical Application and Development
  • Education and Skills
  • Industry Foundation Classes (IFC)
  • Standards

Secondary recommendations:

  • Asset Information Model (AIM) Common Data Environment
  • Standard Data Approach
  • Procurement and Contracts.

We would be particularly interest to hear: 

  • your thoughts on the specific recommendations in relation to interoperability, in the short term only (5 years), with specific focus on practical / applied insights and experience, rather than strategic approaches; 
  • about any interoperability expertise you and/or your organisation have which is relevant to each of the recommendations; and 
  • related case studies and/or research not already referenced in the report. 

Please restrict your feedback to no more than 300 words per recommendation; you may summit additional supporting documents, but we cannot promise to take additional information into account when considering our response, this is due to time constraints. 

The responses to the consultation will be published in a report on the CDBB website that will summarise the information received and any action that we propose to take as a result. The public consultation will be held from 17 April to 15 May 2020, with the final Report and key recommendations to be published late Spring 2020.