The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has this month launched a new suite of documents that provide clear and concise instruction and guidance on how to define, procure and deliver Level 2 Building Information Modelling (BIM) across their projects.   Hailed as “Best in Class” the guidance was developed through a collaborative Special Interest Working Group, with input provided by a large number of supply chain partners with special contributions from and the Wates Group, Stride Treglown, Arcadis, WYG and CoBuilder.

The new suite of documents are now being reviewed by the Government’s BIM Task Group and BIM Working Group and will be shared with Government Departments as they also look to provide a more clearly defined brief for asset information on projects.

The documents have been re-defined to assist the MoJ’s supply chain by outlining a clear digital brief from tender and provide sufficient detail to enable data requirements to be packaged, procured and technically assessed on projects.

The culmination of six months’ work, the suite of BIM-focussed policies, procedures and standards were compiled collaboratively across both client and industry perspectives, bringing together a group of interested parties and technical expertise from across the entire supply chain spectrum from employer agents to FM operators.

The group was set up for a collaborative approach and was co-chaired with equal representation from both employer and industry.  The MoJ was represented by Matthew Watchorn, Head of BIM and the supply chain by Chris Barker, BIM Manager at the Wates Group. Of the fifty industry volunteers who came together to develop ideas and policies, key influencers included Nick Voeget, BIM Information Manager at Arcadis; Dean Hunt, Associate at Stride Treglown; Jonathan Munkley, BIM Director at WYG; and Nick Tune, CEO of CoBuilder UK and the coBuilder research and development team in Norway.

The results have been heralded as an outstanding success “unparalleled for clarity” facilitating the successful landing of all project and asset information, documentation and data in electronic format for the benefit of all parties.

Having adopted BIM early and been issuing ‘Employers Information Requirements’ since 2012, the MoJ’s standardised BIM component library was developed to build virtual designs and models of any building requirement in any part of the MoJ estates family.   As new BIM language and requirements came to the fore, the MoJ recognised the need to work alongside their supply chain in developing advanced and practical solutions moving forward that more closely met the needs of industry.

Matthew Watchorn, MoJ Head of BIM said, “I have been impressed and delighted with the response of the volunteers participating in the BIM2AIM Special Interest Group, the success has been beyond our expectations. A genuine client-industry endeavour developing new policy, technical specification and know-how. The dismantling, examining and jointly rebuilding the EIR suite of standards from the bottom up was a fundamental moment in the MoJ BIM story and will stand us and other Government Departments in good stead in making the next phase of making BIM2AIM a reality for projects going forward. A special thanks is extended to Chris Barker for his sterling work as industry lead and his supporting SIG leads”.

Graeme Tappenden, Government Construction Strategy, BIM Working Group Level 2 BIM Implementation Support commented: “The MoJ BIM Special Interest Group have achieved a significant milestone not only in producing a great set of a coordinated and coherent BIM documents, but in the collaborative and supportive process used to create them.  This process has significantly improved the group maturity, expended the benefits BIM can bring, and, will act as a model for other Government Departments.”

Dave Jellings, buildingSMART UK Management Board also commented on the Special Interest Group: “Having worked with the Ministry of Justice in support of their BIM journey for over two years and more recently with the Special Interest Group, I believe the processes they have developed, and continue to develop, should be considered best in class and set an excellent example of ‘proper’ BIM level 2 implementation, for both public and private sector clients.”

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Next Steps:

The BIM2AIM SIG intends to build on this work as it moves into “Sprint 2” 2016-2017. The group intend to put into practice the Asset Information and Data Requirements that have now been defined, and concentrate on the following:

  1. Evaluate the data capture process on selected pilot projects
  2. Capture how the Technical Assessment and quality assurance of the provided data is conducted and achieved on selected pilot projects
  3. Incorporate feedback from early adopter projects to provide improvements and updates to their EIR documents
  4. Mapping and migrating their prescribed Asset Information from project handover into operational CAFM systems.