Look Now to the BIM Future

The latest HM Government report entitled Digital Built Britain, Level 3 Building information modelling may seem for many beyond reach in its objectives. But here, David Wigglesworth, Managing Director of newly formed UK Specification, a division of ASSA ABLOY UK, demonstrates why it’s integral for manufacturers to take note.

The strategic plan outlined by Government highlights the considerable progress made to achieving BIM objectives, especially to the mandated Level 2 BIM programme for public sector projects across the UK by 2016. However, as RT Hon Dr Vince Cable MP points out in the Ministerial Foreword: ‘If we want to retain our strength in this economy, we cannot stand by. We need concerted joint action from Government, Industry and Academia, working in partnership towards the success of the (construction) sector and ensuring the benefits are felt across the rest of the economy.”

The strategic plan continues with an Industry Foreward by Sir David Higgins, Chair of High Speed 2 and Industry Co-Chair for the Construction Leadership Council and Mark Bew MBE Chairman of the UK BIM Task Group, who simply states, ‘the time has come for the construction sector to reform by seizing the opportunities offered by the Digital Economy.’

The Digital Built Britain strategy builds on the achievements of the Level 2 Building Information Modelling (BIM) programme. And yet BIM, whilst undoubtedly is a groundbreaking influencing factor that is in the process of revolutionising the specification process as it further matures and evolves, is still largely met with confusion.

BIM Journey
BIM is something I understood as early as 2011 in my prior role as Managing Director of ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions and is now integral to our success at UK Specification, an insight we recently showcased at EcoBuild 2015.

ASSA ABLOY Security Solutions made excellent progress to stay ahead not just in adopting and delivering on the principles of BIM, but also in developing and driving BIM strategy alongside a clear understanding of environmental performance declarations, sustainable development and whole life costings.

Although we’ve learnt a lot along the way there are still many unanswered questions and unknown elements for producers of smaller components. We still have many more lessons to learn, but as UK Specification, we are determined to stay ahead of the BIM knowledge curve to deliver exact requirements for architectural ironmongery and doorset specifications to the architect and specifier.

As Patrick MacLeamy, Chairman of buildingSMART International highlights in the strategy plan, “The UK has a window of opportunity to capitalise on the success of its domestic programme and to take on global leadership role in BIM exploitation, BIM Service provision and BIM standards development. In taking on the role, it will greatly enhance the global image of UK designers, contractors and product manufacturers, which in turn will translate into winning new work, growth opportunities and increased employment.”

Our BIM Future
With this in mind, as ASSA ABLOY launch the unprecedented UK Specification business division, BIM and the Government’s digital agenda for the UK construction industry is integrally important to our success.

By overseeing the background to the launch, our proposition to the market is now very clear and our objective is to depict the specification market and define what it is all about.

Our mission is to act as design consultants in the context of arranging ironmongery schedules, to work with the design and performance of a building in terms of security, operation and the intended footflow of traffic. And we know anything specified must be fit for purpose and meet the standards that are legally required. 

Deep within this proposition, we know that everything starts from understanding the design brief and capturing the emotion of the sustainable building’s design. The added value we then look to capture is in whole life costings – in terms of durability and lifecycle of the product for the building. Our involvement and drive with BIM strategy will be key to our success.

As a final thought, the strategy plan from Government is clear that the next stage in the digital revolution has begun and BIM is already changing the UK construction industry.

Whilst the opportunity is great, so too is the risk of not acting now, something which UK Specification, a division of ASSA ABLOY as the global leader in door opening solutions, has duly noted and committed for the benefit of end users, architects, specifiers, design led main contractors and property development companies.

For more information on UK Specification, please visit www.assaabloy.co.uk or join the debate on LinkedIn at https://www.linkedin.com/company/assa-abloy-uk.