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BIM Level 2 Maturity

The next stage in the digital revolution has begun. Having transformed retailing, publishing, travel and financial services, digital technology is changing the way we plan, build, maintain and use our social and economic infrastructure.  In 2011 the Government Construction Strategy mandated the use of Level 2 BIM on all public sector projects by 2016, whilst this target has been missed by most, the direction of travel is clear.

A BIM maturity model has been devised to clearly explain the varying levels of competence expected and processes required to meet level 2 and beyond:

Level 0 (Low Collaboration)
Use of 2D CAD drafting with paper-based or electronic print information and data exchange. 
What does this mean to me?  Ways of working enhanced only by technology to speed up the production and exchange of drawings. All changes, checks and interfaces across disciplines are manual.

Level 1 (Partial Collaboration)

Use of a mixture of 2D or 3D CAD backed by a common data environment for electronic sharing of drawings and data with a standardized data structure and format managed to BS 1192:2007+A2:2016.
What does this mean to me? Collaboration is limited between disciplines with each controlling and issuing its own information either as 3D models or 2D drawings derived from those models. 

Level 2 (Full Collaboration)

Collaborative working across disciplines with all parties using 3D BIM models, integrated but not necessarily shared. Design information is shared through a common file format such as IFC (Industry Foundation Class) or COBie (Construction Operations Building Information Exchange). 
What does this mean to me? Clients will have to be able define and use data and the industry will need to adopt common ways of working based on standard data file formats. All parties will embrace collaborative working and use 3D, data-loaded models to integrate and exchange information. 

Level 3 (Full Integration)

Fully collaborative working across all disciplines using a single, shared project model held centrally and accessible to all to modify and share data.

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Confused by BIM terminology?
Why not have a look at our BIM Dimensions and Jargon Buster pages.