With the Government's Level 2 BIM requirement rapidly approaching, there is a real and urgent need for accurate, accessible and consistent digital product information. The manufacturer community needs a single and unified approach to product data, using a common language.
Manufacturers already have the required information, but a simple and industry-wide approach to product data parameters and templates has until now been a challenge. Through this initiative, building and infrastructure manufacturers will have free and ready access to product data parameters and templates that are relevant to their products and have been developed through a defined consensus process.
The free-to-use NBS BIM Toolkit will benefit both public and private sector construction projects. It provides step-by-step help to define, manage and validate responsibility for information development and delivery at each stage of the asset lifecycle.
The toolkit is an indispensable way of delivering projects to meet the requirements of Level 2 BIM, in preparation for the Government mandated use of this on all public sector projects by 2016.
By using these templates manufacturers will be able to supply product information in a form that aligns with the UK's Level 2 BIM requirements. Each template defines the minimum information about a product that is required for UK Government BIM projects.
Mark Bew MBE, Chairman BIM Task Group, said: "When the BIM Task Group identified the client data requirements which are now provided in the BIM Toolkit we were looking for other communities to work together to provide their own common data requirements. This initiative from the products and manufacturing sector signals an important collaboration from industry which will add significant value and clarity."