UK Construction Media Interview: David Philp, BIM Task Group – Part 2


November 27, 2014  Published on

In the second part of an exclusive interview, David Philp, Head of BIM at the BIM Task Group, talks to UK Construction Media about how current BIM targets are being met, and how its influence on the industry is growing, along with that of new technologies. 

You were Head of BIM Implementation at the Cabinet Office and now Head of BIM at the BIM Task Group. How did this come about and how do you drive projects within the industry?

I was interviewed for the position which was identified in the Government Construction Strategy. 

I am proud to be part of a team working with industry and Government to leave a strong digital legacy. We help clients understand the purpose of the data (use) and how they best define this in a computational form, procure it and use it.

The Government has previously said that it wants BIM in public sector contracts by 2015/16. Are you still on target for this?

As set out in the Government Construction Strategy launched in 2011 the UK Government is aiming to achieve Level 2 BIM maturity on all centrally procured projects by 2016. Significant progress has been made with this and there are already just around £9.5Bn of public sector Level 2 BIM projects in the pipeline.  

With the heavy lifting on the enabling processes and tools being almost complete I would say that Government is exactly where it should be at this stage of the programme.

How has the industry’s involvement of BIM increased over time? What are the numbers now to say, five years ago?

The UK’s ambitious BIM objectives and their centralised approach has been envied by many other nations – a client offering clear leadership in a switch to digital.  

The Task Group programme has always been about working with industry and we are seeing significant increase in adoption; indeed a recent survey by High Speed 2 noted that 56% of organisations that responded now had leading projects that could be considered as Level 2 maturity.  

Furthermore a 2014 Hill McGraw report  said that the mandate had inspired 76% of organisations to initiate a specific BIM project with 66% encouraged to add BIM resources to their organisation. 

What steps are being taken to ensure this target is met?

The departmental adoption pipeline is reviewed regularly along with a maturity index to ensure the Level 2 BIM is truly imbued within the Government organisation.  

It is essential that the adoption is tested against the objectives set out in the original strategy such as: Valuable, Understandable, Non-proprietary, Competitive, Open and Verifiable. There is also a BIM Stewardship group with Departmental BIM Champions that are helping drive adoption within their portfolios.

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