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Centre for Digital Built Britain

 

The Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB) as a partner in the Construction Innovation Hub is pleased to announce the launch of a multi-party ‘Integrated Information Management Contract’ (‘IIMC’), developed by the King’s College London Centre of Construction Law and the University of Cambridge Laing O'Rourke Centre for Construction Engineering and Technology, that creates and sustains a collaborative approach to Building Information Modelling (‘BIM’).

The IIMC is supported by a newly published ‘White Paper on Procurement Strategies for incentivizing collaborative delivery to optimize whole-life outcomes’ which explores how a collaborative approach to procurement can help to deliver projects better, faster, greener and safer with a focus on whole life net zero targets and building safety and a greater emphasis on creating social and environmental as well as economic value.  

Clients and industry are invited to examine and adopt the IIMC as a new means to improve value and reduce risks by agreeing directly their mutual information management commitments on one or more projects, and by implementing these commitments transparently and collaboratively throughout the asset lifecycle.

The model IIMC builds on the ISO 19650 proposition that ‘collaboration between the participants involved in construction projects and in asset management is pivotal to the efficient delivery and operation of assets’ and the 2020 Construction Playbook requirement to ‘align objectives, success measures, targets and incentives so as to enable joint work on improving value and reducing risk’.

The new model is already being used to combine BIM with early supply chain involvement, modern methods of construction and shared learning on the £1 billion Ministry of Justice ‘New Prisons Programme’ led by Ministry of Justice with ISG, Kier, Laing O’Rourke and Wates.

Professor David Mosey, Professor of Law at Kings College London, said, “Our work with CDBB and industry on the Integrated Information Management Contract has created an important new tool for collaborative digital information management. This research led to the recommendation of an IIMC in ‘Constructing the Gold Standard’ which is now approved by government for implementation in all public sector frameworks. Meanwhile, early adopters such as Crown Commercial Service and Ministry of Justice are already using the IIMC to improve whole life value.”

Development of the model IIMC formed part of a two-year research programme that explored ´procurement strategies for incentivizing collaborative delivery to optimize whole-life outcomes´. Research case studies revealed the success of UK and international prototypes and led to the use of an IIMC being approved by government in ‘Constructing the Gold Standard’, the 2021 review of public sector construction frameworks. The model IIMC is based on the ‘FAC-1 Framework Alliance Contract’, as recommended in the 2020 Construction Playbook.

Access the White Paper here. The IIMC is available on request from the Kings College London team. Please contact david.mosey@kcl.ac.uk to obtain a copy.

This research forms part of the Centre for Digital Built Britain’s (CDBB) work at the University of Cambridge. It was enabled by the Construction Innovation Hub, of which CDBB is a core partner, and funded by UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) through the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund (ISCF).