A must-attend event in the New Year as developing BIM in a collaborative 3D environment becomes imperative for the public sector

The Review of Scottish Public Sector Procurement in Construction recommended that Building Information Modelling (BIM) be adopted on public sector projects, where appropriate, from April 2017.
In line with the BIM Implementation Plan for Scotland, Scottish Futures Trust (SFT) in partnership with Scottish Government have been delivering a programme of works to support the public sector in the adoption of BIM.

BIM uses digital technology to improve the sharing and analysis of data during the construction and operational phase of projects. Improving data management and collaboration within projects will significantly improve efficiency and decision making within projects.

On 17 January, FutureScot is hosting BIM Scotland 2017 – a platform for practitioners, academics, supplier and procurement professionals to exchange knowledge and ideas on innovation, development and implementation.

“As Scotland moves towards a digital built environment, BIM will be a key part for the future of the Scottish con- struction industry,” said David Philp, global director of BIM at AECOM
and head of the UK BIM Task Group, who will be chairing the FutureScot conference.

“SFT’s BIM Implementation plan is on programme with the next significant milestone in April 2017 when Scottish Government looks to implement the adoption of BIM on public sector projects where appropriate. “

“SFT’s BIM delivery framework for public bodies is unique in its: When? Why? and How? approach. Firstly, an online grading tool helps the procuring client determine an appropriate level of
BIM maturity 1 or 2 by assessing BIM capability, data use cases and the value of the works. Secondly, a web-based return on investment (ROI) calculator helps inform the BIM business case for the project or programme. And thirdly, the SFT BIM website assists the procurer in navigating the relevant British Standards through a task-based approach that includes their information requirements templates, plans of work and orientation videos.

Philp adds: “This BIM guidance website translates learning and best practice into a simplified approach to support public bodies implement BIM. This will enable the implementation of BIM under a consistent national approach. This will be launched in January 2017.

“As part of the Scottish BIM Implementation plan there has been significant engagement from industry, academia and Scottish procurers. The formation of a successful industry forum and the work of the Scottish BIM supplier group is ensuring that the strategy can be successfully and programmatically implemented to ensure better outcomes and a sustained journey to Scottish construction sector digitisation.

“The engagement and monitoring of the four Scottish BIM pilot projects has already provided valuable lessons learned from new-build projects, major infrastructure to historic environment. These findings and other Scottish case studies are helping usere refine the guidance and provide evidence to our BIM ROI toolkit.

“BIM is already helping Scottish construction organisations achieving more innovative solutions and better data driven decisions.”


Tuesday 17 January 2017, Glasgow The BIM Scotland 2017 conference hosted by FutureScot.com will provide a platform for practitioners, academics, supplier and procurement professionals to exchange knowledge and ideas on innovation, development and implementation. With Scottish public sector requirements to adopt BIM level 2 by April 2017, this will be a must-attend event.