Launch of BIM Toolkit at UK Digital Construction Week

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CDBB International has launched a new BIM Toolkit to support the adoption and implementation of BIM across the globe during Digital Construction Week.

The international BIM Toolkit has been created following collaborative work led by CDBB International, supporting the UK Government’s Prosperity funded Global Infrastructure Programme (GIP).

Since 2018, CDBB’s International team has been working with government officials and industry stakeholders in partner countries across Latin America and Asia to identify the adaptations required for BIM implementation to meet local cultural, contractual and legal conditions and, importantly, to deliver on the desired national outcomes for each country.

This international initiative brought together the Foreign Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Infrastructure and Projects Authority (IPA) to foster infrastructure development that helps the partner countries to improve their economic, environmental and social conditions.

The international BIM Toolkit was formed to address a knowledge gap observed at international level of having a set of tools for introducing Building Information Modelling (BIM) to public procurement practices and project delivery. The Toolkit is a set of guidance and template documents, aligned with the ISO 19650 series of standards and comprises key components facilitating implementation of best-practice information management processes, for organisations at every level of BIM adoption. The overall aim is to support different countries with the creation of their technical BIM framework.

Mike Turpin, Technical Advisor to CDBB International, explained: “Many countries and organisations across the world are still developing and refining their BIM strategies. Whilst there are many reasons and benefits to adopting BIM, which can vary by geography, organisational preferences or project requirements, the most common drivers for BIM are efficiency and standardisation. The international BIM Toolkit helps to support both drivers by providing a consistent, common foundation to some of these key BIM documents.”

Adam Matthews, Head of CDBB’s International Programme, said: “The BIM Toolkit is a huge boost to those starting out on their BIM journey, taking away some of the initial project setup barriers to BIM adoption. Likewise, the Toolkit is useful to those already several steps along their BIM adoption journey, providing additional examples of documentation and references to industry best practice and standardisation. The BIM Toolkit will help to level the playing field internationally and improve consistency.”

This collection of knowledge products is the culmination of input from over 200 contributors over a three-year collaboration period. The Toolkit is freely available and can be downloaded from the CDBB’s website.

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