Three construction industry bodies, BESA, CIBSE and The CPA, have all come together to clear up confusion over the process of standardising product information in BIM. All three have agreed on the respective roles of the ‘LEXiCON’ and ‘BIMHawk’ tools in developing standardised product data parameters and structure. This should now resolve the confusion over whether they compete or complement each other.

The European Committee for Standardisation have adopted three international standards for building information, covering the process for structuring electronic or digital building information and using BIM. These standards aim to build a more competitive and sustainable construction industry in Europe.

At a recent NBS breakfast seminar, Mark Bew of PCSG and the UK BIM Task Group, discussed his thoughts on the UK BIM level 2 program so far, and how a BIM level 3 mandate will form part of Digital Built Britain. Alongside this smart contracts will be required to meet the needs of a Digital Built Britain. Sarah Fox of The NBS explains what a smart contract is and the benefits it offers over traditional contracts.

David Philp, Chair of the Scottish Government’s BIM Working Group, talks to UK Construction Online about the Scottish BIM programme ahead of Scotland’s BIM Level 2 mandate in April 2017. He discusses whether the UK’s BIM mandate has made it any easier for Scotland to implement BIM, and about the practicalities of implementing.

In his recent blog, Craig Sewell shares his advice about BIM and the challenges SMEs are facing. Craig says that in his opinion the biggest barrier to BIM take up is fear. He advises that manufacturers shouldn’t see BIM as another marketing tool. BIM is not an alternative to a CAD file. The true value is in process development.

The NBS have written a manufacturers guide to BIM object creation. The guide explains what a BIM object is, what data is needed from the manufacturer and the challenges they may face when creating objects.

Nigel Walley, founder of proptech start-up Chimni, asks is BIM failing the house building sector? In his article for BIM+, Nigel discusses how house building is the BIM industry’s most notable failure so far, as only those exposed to public sector procurement have made any significant progress with BIM.

BIMobject announced that they have acquired part of Autodesk, their Autodesk Seek service, a search tool allowing customers to search product content from AutoCAD and Revit. As part of this arrangement, BIMobject will assume the operational responsibility of providing Autodesk Seek customers with BIM content services on the BIMobject Cloud.

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