We are pleased to confirm that this project has now been awarded
Project start date: July 2019
The Centre of Digital Built Britain in partnership with the UK BIM Alliance has commissioned a project to evaluate existing tools that assess BIM maturity and identify the benefits (return on investment) from using BIM in projects.
Rationale for the research
HM Government’s Industrial Strategy Construction Sector Deal (2018) builds on previous Strategies setting out a vision to transform the sector’s productivity through innovative technologies and a highly skilled workforce. It sees the adoption of BIM as a key element of this vision and it is fundamental to a future where the UK is at the forefront of the artificial intelligence and data revolution.
We are seeking to map the landscape of existing BIM assessment tools, the level of adoption by the industry, applicability, strengths, and weaknesses and identify areas for improvement so that we can understand and encourage the implementation of BIM as business as usual.
The problem we need to resolve is twofold:
1. There is limited understanding/evidence of the BIM maturity tools available to the UK construction and asset management industries, their scope or their application. The maturity tools that are available:
a. may not be fit for purpose, resulting in duplicated effort in building different tools from scratch in different organisations.
b. may not be relevant to operational asset management.
2. There is limited, compelling evidence of the benefits/return on investment of BIM adoption at either a project or organisational level for design, construction and/or asset operation activities.
Having comprehensive insight into both problem areas would enable us to:
• Establish where the gaps in BIM maturity and benefits measurement are in respect of asset design, construction, operation and decommissioning.
• Promote the benefits/return on investment (as currently evidenced/perceived) of the adoption of a UK BIM Framework*).
The scope of the research project is:
To establish/understand for asset owners, the UK construction and asset management industries (including procurement, design and consultancy services) in consideration of public, private and infrastructure sectors, the quality of:
a. BIM Maturity,
b. BIM Benefits tools
within the following scope
BIM Maturity tools
1. Identification of BIM maturity tools.
2. Evaluation of these tools (how they are built, their strengths and weaknesses, whether they measure project or organisational maturity and intended application.
3. Review of the extent to which BIM maturity is being measured (and the tools being used). This will require contact with at least 20 public and private sector organisations (to be agreed at project launch meeting).
4. The aspects of BIM covered by existing maturity measurement tools.
5. Identification of the project types to which maturity is being applied.
6. How organisations are applying lessons learnt from BIM maturity measurement (note that case studies are not required).
7. Evaluation of how maturity tools can assist clients in appointing suitably qualified teams and/or organisations
BIM Benefits tools
1. Identification of BIM benefits tools.
2. Evaluation of these tools (how they are built, their strengths and weaknesses and intended application). This should include an evaluation of the extent to which the benefits measurement tools are useable and insightful.
3. Review of the benefits of BIM adoption which are being measured, experienced or are anticipated, and the tools being used. This will require contact with at least 20 public and private sector organisations (to be agreed at project launch meeting).
4. Review of the extent to which organisational and project performance metrics address BIM adoption and BIM benefits.
5. Review of organisational requirements of BIM benefits measurement tools.
6. Possible correlations/trends between maturity levels and beneficial outcomes (against project metrics).
Note: reference to tools means tools that are publicly available and also unpublished tools where they are available for evaluation.All references to BIM and the UK BIM framework shall mean information management as described in the BS EN ISO 19650 series2 plus:
• Collaborative production of information using COBie (BS 1192-4:2014)
• The operational phase of assets (PAS 1192-3:2014 Incorporating Corrigendum No.1)
• A security minded approach (PAS 1192-5:2015)
• Health and safety requirements (PAS 1192-6:2018)
• Facilities and asset management (BS 8536-1:2015 and BS 8536-2:2016)
The research deliverable will be in the form of a report delivered in Q4 2019. This will be published by the Centre for Digital Built Britain and the UK BIM Alliance and will be available for free download on our websites.
*The UK BIM Framework comprises the BS EN ISO 19650 series plus accompanying guidance jointly published by the Centre for Digital Built Britain, the UK BIM Alliance and BSI (see https://bim-level2.org/en/standards/ )