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BIM implementation components - Policy

Policy has a big role to play in identifying the standard measures that individuals and organisations must follow, and encouraging them to do so. In addition to government policies, companies set their own policies based on their own objectives.

In several countries, policy has influenced construction organisations to adopt Building Information Modelling (BIM). Equally, BIM policies have influenced people to adhere to certain measures that the companies put in place regarding BIM implementation.

One of the most important things promoted by BIM is the ability to share information between teams within the same construction projects. This is beneficial for the Architecture Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry as ‘contracts usually forbid information sharing under the clause of confidentiality, liability and litigation concerns’ (BIM Today 2017).

In other words, contractors, suppliers and designers have to observe legal implications when sharing information relating to their projects. In contrast, BIM promotes collaboration and encourages not only making plans as clear as possible at all stages but also enabling greater sharing of information throughout a project’s lifecycle.

As BIM is a relatively new phenomenon in the AEC industry, most companies may not yet have formed BIM implementation policies.

To create effective policy, it is important to understand government guidelines and standards. This means understanding and implementing principles of key standards such as EN ISO 19650-1, BS EN ISO 19650-2, PAS 1192 standards and BS 1192 (in the UK).

To establish and achieve effective policy, it is important to identify the goals regarding BIM in the company and, within that frame:

Gather information by:

  • Identifying investment
  • Identifying potentials for competitive advantage with BIM tools
  • Identifying risks and challenges to be managed
  • Identifying software solutions that are the most suitable for the team

Create, document and implement policy by:

  • Creating guidelines and protocols for staff to follow, in order to establish a standard and consistent practice, as well as quality and effective communication
  • Providing technical and knowledge support
  • Applying principles suggested in BIM standards and setting the goals to start with BIM practice

In addition to the demand or desire to set company policies for BIM, existing company policies need to accommodate the new dimension of carrying out projects in the AEC industry.

Your task

Having successful tenders for government contracts requires BIM compliance.

How do you think BIM presents issues around competitiveness for information sharing within a competitive construction industry?


BIM Today (2017) There are 3 P’s of BIM: People, Processes and Policies [online] available from https://www.pbctoday.co.uk/news/bim-news/3-ps-of-bim/33019/ [11 July 2018]

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