Straight Talk - Mark Bew, Chairman, HM Government BIM Working Group


The UK Government last month revealed it plans for a new October BIM target to challenge industry to raise the quality of data gathered and shared in digital models.

According to BIM task group chair Mark Bew, the new target gives the industry a year to prepare a new focus for improvement beyond the existing April 2016 level 2 compliance mandate.

“It is all very well pushing data at each other but if that data is rubbish then what is the point,” said Bew, speaking at the recent Infrastructure Intelligence Straight Talk event.

“Because we have met the April date we now want to start to drive the quality of data up,” he told delegates highlighting that all the “in-scope” public sector clients were currently on target to meet the BIM level 2 mandate. “The stretch target will be some kind of requirement around electronic validation capability a year from now."

He added: “If you sat us back down in July 2011 and set out where we would be by now then you would never have thought the whole industry would be talking about data in the way it it,” he said. “So we set our sights out in a big way - we didn’t expect to get this far.”

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