BIM Network

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Building Information Modelling (BIM) is receiving a great deal of attention in the technical press, and in the development of public sector procurement strategy. While BIM has been used by some organisations for a number of years to various levels of sophistication, the UK Government has now mandated its use on public sector projects from 2016. Also, other client groups are becoming more aware of the potential that BIM has to offer, and more of them are requiring it to be used on their projects. This all means that BIM is being more widely specified. As well as the technology issues with developing and integrating different models for a project, successful implementation of BIM also requires a greater willingness to work collaboratively.

Network aims

  • Disseminate information from other BIM sources, eg CIC BIM Forum, Cabinet Office, CIBSE BIM Group
  • Facilitate exchange of experience and best practice in BIM implementation
  • Act as a focus for identifying current and future challenges facing the industry in the adoption of BIM, and lobbying to the appropriate bodies
  • Host seminars and sessions on topics of interest to the BIM community
  • Produce publications and technical information on BIM aspects to promote greater understanding of BIM

Meetings and events

Previous Events

18th May 2016 - Understanding EIRs

With the Government’s BIM Level 2 mandate now in operation, minds are becoming focussed on what this means in practice. The various documents and tools provided via the BIM Task Group need interpreting for practical adoption on projects. For many, the first step will be preparing the Employer’s Information Requirements (EIR) to be used on their first BIM project.

The objective of this BIM Network event was to share people’s experience of preparing EIRs, firstly by the presentation of brief case studies, and then through a workshop to help identify what aspects are important to each participant and to consider how best to incorporate those into their own EIR.

You can download the agenda and presentations below:

10th November 2015 - How the BIM process can help building operators

With the Government’s Level 2 BIM mandate fast approaching, and experience in generating BIM information growing, thoughts are turning to how best to make use of that data during operation.

This BIM Network event focused on the needs of the operational team, and how BIM can help them deliver better buildings throughout their life cycle. The main areas for discussion were:

  • What information does the operator need?
  • How can BIM provide that information?

You can download the agenda and presentations from below:

21st April 2015 - Delivering the Level 2 BIM tools

The UK Government has refined its BIM Level 2 requirements over past months and now describes them in terms of compliance with a number of documents and tools

In September 2014 RIBA Enterprises was awarded the contract by Innovate UK (formerly the Technology Strategy Board) to develop a digital plan of work (dPoW), an accompanying classification structure and a digital interface through which to access it all. The first phase is due for delivery in April this year, with further releases planned for later in the year. The work is being carried out by NBS, a company wholly owned by RIBA Enterprises and which is best known for producing the NBS specification writing product.

Download the agenda and presentations from the day:

8th April 2015 - Model Format for Building Services Specifications

At this event BSRIA launched BG56/2015 providing the reasoning behind the guide. Industry associations endorsed the guide and discussed the need for the information within the industry.

The objective of this publication is to provide a model specification format which aids efficiency and understanding for all parties involved in preparing and using specifications through a common and consistent arrangement. The publication gives a general framework within which the specification author can use with their in house content and format with the least amount of change.

19th September 2014 - BIM Discussion Forum

With the 2016 deadline rapidly approaching, the first part of this Network meeting looked at where we are with the delivery of two of the remaining elements of the Government’s “seven pillars of (BIM) wisdom” – the Digital plan of Work and the classification system, both currently being developed as part of a Technology Strategy Board-funded research project. Rob Manning, from the BIM Task Group and project manager for this work, gave an update.

1st May 2013 - BIM Discussion Forum

'Where are we now and where are we going?'

Notes on the BSRIA BIM Network meeting that was held on the 15th August 2012 can be found here.


The BSRIA BIM Network is an opportunity for individuals from all parts of the building services industry to meet and discuss the implications of the technology and the new working practices that come with BIM. The Network is open to all - both BSRIA members and non-members:

  • Non-members - £400
  • Non-members already paying for another network - 50% reduction
  • BIM Network members who worked on BG 6 - free (reviewed 2013)
  • One-off costs for non-members to attend specific events - £100

Design Framework for Building Services 5th Edition (BG 6/2018)
Design Framework for Building Services 5th Edition (BG 6/2018)
This guide helps building services consultants and contractors and their clients, clarify and define the extent of their design activity and deliverables. The 5th edition represent a significant update from the previous edition.