Since the launch of the government’s plan to use level 2 building information modelling (BIM) on every central government construction contract by 2016, BIM has been the buzziest of all the industry’s buzzwords.
BIM is the compilation of a single database of fully integrated information that can be used by all members of the design and construction team, as well as by owners or operators throughout a facility’s life cycle. Each element within a building or facility is created as an ‘intelligent object’ that contains a broad array of data as well as its dimensions and each of these elements ‘knows’ how it relates to other elements of the same project and the overall design.
BIM has been identified as key for drilling right into the construction supply chain as it can help to provide better design, improve co-ordination and collaboration between all parties on a construction project and help to strip waste from key processes. Many public sector procurers and clients will begin to demand more BIM-enabled projects to deliver efficiency savings through the elimination of waste.
CIRIA, the construction industry research and information association, take a look at Business Information Modelling (BIM) over the last few years in their latest publication and how far the UK Government as a Construction client has come in terms of its use of BIM.
Terry Stocks, Head of Project Delivery at the Ministry of Justice and the lead for the Government Industrial Strategy: Construction 2025 BIM Level 2 programme reflects on the learning gained from implementing BIM over a range of projects.
He commented that since the launch of the Government Construction Strategy in May 2011 there has been a real catalyst for change. A major part of that change is the mandate for BIM in central government departments.
He said: “The UK BIM Strategy for the first time articulated what BIM is, it’s evolution from paper-based practice, and by creating an approach through the articulation of maturity levels, has really achieved in making clear the importance of BIM in a change continuum. The work of the BIM Task Group has helped departments map the requirements of BIM Level 2 into their practice and process, which is ongoing but well advanced”. Continue reading
Figures released on Monday by Glenigan, the construction intelligence providers, forecast a 7.4% increase in project starts during 2014, as rising private sector investment and improved consumer confidence underpin further industry growth.
According to the 2014 Mid-Year Construction Review and Forecast put together by Glenigan’s economics team, there is an indication that construction activity upturn is gathering momentum with growth estimated to be only 4% at the beginning of 2014 we are now seeing that the latest figures show a 7.4% increase.
A 10% rise in the value of projects was recorded by Glenigan starting on site during the first half of 2014, primarily driven by increases in private housing, industrial and commercial building projects.
Work volumes will continue to pick up across these sectors through the latter half of the year, with private housing set to rise by 14% and 28% growth predicted for industrial projects. The value of underlying office project starts is forecast to rise by 9%, building on the strong recovery seen over the last two years.
Commenting on the construction outlook, Allan Wilén, Economics Director at Glenigan, said:
“The industry’s forward pipeline points to sustained output growth during the second half of the year and into 2015. Renewed consumer confidence and the accompanying revival in the general housing market have emerged as key growth drivers for both construction activity and the wider economy.” Continue reading
On 1st July 2013 it became law for products sold in the EU and covered by a harmonised European Norm (hEN) or European Technical Assessment (ETA) to carry a CE mark.
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According to a recent report the latest figures from the ONS show that the construction sector in the UK grew by 1.2% between March and April 2014.
The figures have been compared with output levels from April last year and show an increase of 4.6%; it is therefore further evidence of the improving performance of the sector and its impact on wider economic growth.
It is clear that the housing sector is the main component of growth within the industry; private housing has increased by 2.5% between March and April 2014 and 16.6% from the corresponding month in 2013. At the same time public housing, which is down from March, was 26.3% higher than last year.
The private commercial sector fell by 0.9% between March and April; however it is 1.0% higher than April last year. Infrastructure has also increase by 0.6% month on month; however it is still 7.6% lower than April 2013.
These figures highlight that the growth patterns within the industry are reliant on housing and broader improvements are needed to ensure a robust recovery. Continue reading