Why BIM?

'The use of Building Information Modelling (BIM) should be introduced in central government with a view to encouraging its adoption across the entire public sector. The objective should be that, where appropriate, construction projects across the public sector in Scotland adopt a BIM level 2 approach by April 2017.' 

The Review of Scottish Public Sector Procurement in Construction

A Digital Built Environment

As Scotland moves towards a digital built environment, BIM is seen as a key part for the future of the Scottish construction industry. BIM uses digital technology to improve the sharing and analysis of data within a construction project. Through improving data management and collaboration within projects, this will support the industry to deliver greater efficiencies through the design, construction and operational stages of a project. It has been proven that BIM, especially in the context of Level 2 maturity can help support the client decision-making process, unlock significant improvements in cost, value and carbon performance through the use of open shareable asset information. To ensure that our work is aligned to a common purpose, the implementation plan has been developed against a set of strategic objectives. These include:


  • Help Scotland to better procure and care for its assets, create a more efficient built environment that is, more sustainable, with better places to live with more intelligent infrastructure through the use of BIM and it’s data rich environment
  • Ensure that Scottish Public Sector Clients can derive significant improvements in cost, value and carbon performance through the use of open shareable asset information and a focus on better whole life outcomes
  • Help the growth of Scottish organisations both home and abroad through the development of new innovative and digital solutions which can be exported
  • Better end user engagement and the encouragement of a collaborative approach to the construction life-cycle
  • Ensure that client data is bought only once with a better-defined project brief
  • Availability of validated useful information to improve the efficiency of clients and their delivery operations
  • Helping improve the image of Scottish construction and attract new entrants
  • Elimination of waste from the design, construction and commissioning process through visualisation and Lifecycle solution testing at the pre-construction stage
  • Reducing risk allowances in target prices and lump sum bids through accurate and complete data improving quality of bids
  • Better assessment of the impact changes at all stages in a project lifecycle through a model-based environment
  • Input of a populated asset data set into Computer Assisted Facilities Management (CAFM) systems and Asset Management Systems (AMS)

The application of BIM is Scottish Public sector projects is supported by an assessment of appropriateness on its benefits. The objectives of the strategy will help accelerate the adoption of BIM throughout the Scottish construction supply chain.  By creating critical mass and certainty of demand, we will provide the confidence that will enable businesses, training organisations and professional bodies to invest more rapidly in the development of their own capability.

Scottish Futures Trust 'BIM Implementation Plan'

This implementation plan sets out how the public sector within Scotland, should adopt BIM level 2, where appropriate, within construction by April 2017. This is in response to the recommendations of the Review of Public Sector Procurement in Construction. As Scotland moves towards a digital built environment, BIM is seen as a key tool for the Scottish construction industry going forward.  The plan adopts the approach that the implementation of BIM within Scotland should align and build upon the existing British Standards and draw from work already undertaken nationally and internationally.

BIM Implementation Plan