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NBS releases BIM toolkit

A new digital toolkit developed to support the implementation of level two BIM is going live prior to its official launch

Posted by Dave Higgitt | April 13, 2015 | Technology

The BIM toolkit required to complete level two BIM moved into its public BETA phase on Wednesday 8 April at BIM Show Live in Manchester. It enables the industry to begin trialling the toolkit and give feedback for the final stages of development before it is officially launched in June.

Comprising a new unified classification system and digital plan of work, the NBS BIM toolkit is free to use and made available via a dedicated website. Following on from BIM Show Live, NBS will be hosting a series of webinars to provide further opportunities to understand how the digital plan of work functions and how to formulate a project using the software.

In addition to the technical content, users will be able to access a support area that will include a series of articles providing advice on a range of subjects such as the concept behind level two BIM, the levels of detail for construction objects and how to develop employer’s information requirements.

Free-to-use, the NBS BIM toolkit will allow clients and managers of assets to define information requirements to ensure their needs are met and better project outcomes are guaranteed. Design and construction teams will be able to assemble a team with clearly assigned roles and responsibilities to work collaboratively on their level two BIM projects. Finally, manufacturers will be able to provide digital information to specifiers on thousands of construction projects.

The toolkit has been developed by NBS in conjunction with colleagues from BIM Academy, BDP, Laing O’Rourke, Mott MacDonald, Microsoft, Newcastle University and RICS. In September 2014, the team was awarded £1m in funding from the Technology Strategy Board to take forward development of the digital toolkit in preparation for the government’s 2016 BIM mandate for all central government projects.

The project, which is being supported by the BIM task group and Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, is seen as a vital part of the global race to develop an open standard and supporting tools for BIM adoption. It is estimated that the UK market for BIM-related services will be £30bn annually by 2020, with UK-based firms already exporting £7bn of architectural and engineering services.

www.theNBS.com/Toolkit

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