About BIM

What is BIM?

Building Information Modeling

BIM is the business process that allows all stakeholders to have access to the same information at the same time through interoperability between technology platforms.

Building Information Model

The output of the business process – resulting in a virtual computer model of a project which holds selected structures data about the asset (design, quantity, time, cost, as built etc).

Building Information Management

The organisation and control of the business by using the information held in the Building Information Model throughout the entire life cycle of an asset, from concept to end of life.


Reasons to use Open BIM

Best in Class, Fit for Purpose

It is impossible to accept that any one vendor can produce the best solution to all problems. Open communication protocol means that products can be selected on their capability and not their source.


The software market is under continuous development and vendors are always looking to improve performance, scope and deliverables.In an open market the quest for competitive advantage is the primary goal.


In a major construction project, there are likely to be a significant number of stakeholders using a variety of software tools. It makes absolute business sense that each stakeholder can use their tools of choice providing it can exchange data with others.

Why OPEN BIM now?

The UK Government ‘construction Strategy’ sets out a series of strategic objectives that aim to reduce the costs. This strategy necessitates a paradigm shift in the way industry thinks and acts.

The actions necessary to raise BIM capability and establish an acceptable level of competence, were laid down in ‘BIM management for value, cost and carbon improvement. A report for the Government construction Client Group. Building Information (BIM) Working Party. Strategy Paper. March 2011.’ The document features the Bew – Richards ‘BIM Maturity Wedge’, to illustrate BIM adoption in terms of maturity ‘levels’.

BIM Lifecycle Management

The target is for all to reach Level 2 by 2016. However, the next step (Level 3), is referred to in the strategy paper as “Our final vision for the delivery of this information….a fully web enabled transparent (to the user) scenario, based on the Building Smart IFC/IDM and IFD standards.”

What is clear is that businesses should consider preparing for the OPEN BIM requirements of Level 3 now – regardless of their current stage of development. If not, progression to Level 3 may require another major change in business process.


Bringing together member organisations who share the vision of improving construction through the use of open Building Information Modelling (BIM)*, buildingSMART UK’s remit is to develop the standards and tools required to ensure that the industry knows what openBIM is and how to use it effectively to achieve greener, leaner and more efficient buildings and infrastructure in the UK.

*openBIM is a universal approach to the collaborative design, realisation and operation of buildings based on open standards and workflows. openBIM is an initiative of buildingSMART

  • supporting a transparent, open workflow, allowing project members to participate regardless of the software tools they use.
  • creating a common language for widely referenced processes, allowing industry and government to procure projects with transparent commercial engagement, comparable service evaluation and assured data quality.
  • providing enduring project data for use throughout the asset life–cycle, avoiding multiple input of the same data and consequential errors.

Applecore Designs Limited are a member of buildingSMART UKI, number 2013068.