CSIC featured in The Times BIM Scotland Supplement

14 Feb 2017

CSIC was featured in the The Times' recent BIM Scotland Supplement. Below, is the article by our very own skills and training coordinator Lisa Deane who writes about the digital opportunity for the Scottish construction sector. 

Industry led and demand driven  

by Lisa Deane

The Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC) is one of eight industry led and demand driven Innovation Centres supported by Scottish Funding Council, Scottish Enterprise, Highlands & Islands Enterprise and 13 Scottish universities. We support innovation projects that bring together construction businesses, university experts and public sector partners to deliver transformational change, typically tackling innovation challenges that will drive greater profitability, productivity, efficiency & sustainability.

Digital technologies form a key strand of Scotland’s economic development moving forward and the evolution of knowledge based industries equipped to address targets for efficiencies and carbon reduction.

In some areas, such as computer gaming, Scotland’s reputation as a global leader is well established. In the construction sector, initiatives to globalise digital standards and practice are gaining momentum. In the context of global, European and UK initiatives, there is a significant opportunity for Scotland to develop fresh initiatives which extend and enhance the existing knowledge base for digital working and deliver on the aspiration for a competitive and forward looking construction sector.

A key recommendation within Scottish Government’s Construction Procurement review was the implementation of Building Information Modelling (BIM) to Level 2 by April 2017. The review set out the following recommendation, which was endorsed by Scottish Ministers: “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.”

BIM Level 2 is distinguished by collaborative working in the form of how the information is exchanged between different parties. Design information is shared through a common file format, which enables any organisation to be able to combine that data with their own to make a federated BIM model, and to carry out interrogative checks on it.

Supported by Scottish Enterprise, and in partnership with Construction Scotland Industry Leadership Group, Scottish Futures Trust, BIM Region Scotland and the Scottish BIM Suppliers Group, CSIC has set out a range of support for individuals and organisations as they prepare for BIM Level 2. The support has been designed to raise awareness on the use of BIM in the Scottish built environment and to demonstrate the benefits that can be achieved through knowledge sharing, collaboration, innovation and best practice guidance.


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“Preparing for BIM’ is a three-year awareness & implementation programme based around the UK BIM Task Force Learning Outcomes and consisting of free to attend monthly events aimed at all organisations involved with constructions. The events take attendee’s through a ‘step by step’ programme of awareness to implementation up to and past the April 2017 implementation date. Events will be hosted across Scotland giving every organisation the opportunity to attend.


In addition to the events there is a free BIM advisory service, which has been set up to support enquiries from individuals and organisations to help them prepare effectively for adoption of BIM level 2 within the Scottish construction industry.


 If you missed the supplement, you can download it or read it online

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