What is BIM?

For an overview of BIM we would recommend reading through the BIM Task Group’s FAQs

Why does my business need BIM Certification?

The Government Construction Strategy (GCS) states that: Government will require fully collaborative 3D BIM (with all project and asset information, documentation and data being electronic) as a minimum by 2016. This refers to all centrally procured Government projects as outlined in the GCS including new build and retained estate, vertical and linear. The main document that outlines this requirement for the capital/delivery phase of projects is the Publicly Available Specification (PAS) 1192-2:2013 that states: “The fundamental principles of Level 2 [Building] Information modelling are:…c) evaluation of the proposed approach, capability and capacity of each supplier, and their supply chain, to deliver the required information, prior to contract award;”

What are the BIM Level 2 prequalification requirements?

To support the requirement of PAS 1192-2:2013 companies should be evaluated prior to engagement. Therefore construction prequalification questionnaire (PQQ) PAS 91:2013 Table 8 deals with the requirement for an Employer to assess the BIM Capabilities of their supply chain and evaluate the approach taken by them.  The following questions are included: Do you have the capability of working within a project using a “Common Data Environment” as described in PAS 1192:2:2013? Do you have a documented policy, systems and procedures to achieve “Level 2 BIM” maturity as defined in the government’s BIM strategy? Do you have the capability of developing and delivering or working to (depending upon the role(s) that this PQQ covers) a BIM Execution Plan (BEP) as described in PAS 1192:2:2013? Do you have arrangements for training employees in BIM related skills and do you assess their capabilities? To aid with carrying out this process the Construction Project Information Committee (CPIC) have made available standard questionnaires covering some of the above requirements.

Differentiating those that can, from those who just say they can…

The purpose of the BRE Global BIM Level 2 Business systems certification scheme is to aid Employers (Individual or organization for whom the contract is executed or delivered) differentiating “those who can, from those that just say they can.”  BRE has established a benchmark for BIM capability relating to Level 2 BIM. This is carried out by a standardised assessment that can be used across the AEC (Architecture, Engineering and Construction) industry.

Why does the BRE Global Ltd provide this service?

For many Employers the requirements to evaluate their supply chain on every project adds a level of unnecessary overhead requiring a specialist skill set, often without benefiting the process. This is specifically true where Employers have limited knowledge of the BIM process, requirements and delivery mechanisms available. Whilst the CPIC documentation provides suitable questions, understanding the answers requires a specific skill set and also assumes that the answer provided by supply chain members will include a full and whole response. The reality of this particularly in the present market, where “BIM wash” abounds, is that it is seen as being a tick box exercise where everyone says that they can do it all, whatever their actual capabilities.

What issues does the scheme address for Employers?

The scheme will benefit Employers that:

  • Do not fully understand what they are assessing and how to assess it.
  • Do not have the necessary skill base to carry out the evaluation of approach and capability.
  • Do not want to duplicate effort in carrying out assessments and evaluation on each BIM Level 2 project, resulting in additional overhead.

By requiring the BRE Global BIM Level 2 Business System Certification scheme Employers know that they have fulfilled their obligations under PAS 1192-2:2013 and are engaging companies that have already obtained the benchmark level for BIM Level 2.

What are the advantages to Employers?

BIM Level 2 Business Systems Certification with BRE Global will save your company the time and money involved in responding to ever-varying tender questions and will speed up the tendering process.  For those issuing tenders, having a BRE Global BIM-certified business in the running removes the need to check replies or employ someone to do it for them.  Certification assures measurement processes are in place to help maintain and progress appropriate workflows within your practice.

What does BRE Global BIM Level 2 Business Systems Certification involve?

BRE Global will be assessing your business’ policies and procedures and capabilities required to deliver BIM in accordance with Level 2.  We will be assessing the BIM execution plan stage (as defined in PAS 1192:2 2013) including how the business responds to enquiries from customers (EIR) and what the business’ software and staff capabilities are.

In terms of BIM management, what is required within a company? What qualified bodies are required?

This needs to meet the requirements set in PAS 1192:2 2013 which defines specific roles and responsibilities that need to be carried out such as Lead Designer, Task Information Manager, Project Information Manager and Project Delivery Manager. These will obviously change per company depending upon what services the company undertakes within the BIM process. There are not specific professional qualified bodies required but it is logical that if for instance, you are providing Architectural services, that you have qualified trained staff within your company registered with an appropriate body (ARB, RIBA, CIAT etc…).

If management training is required, is it essential to be completed with BRE? If not, are there certain bodies required to be qualified with?

This type of training does not have to be with BRE but must be by a recognised training provider.  You can contact us at bim@bre.co.uk with details of who you plan to use if you want confirmation of what would be acceptable.

What is required of the IT infrastructure & software packages?

If you already have a specific IT based ISO certification for your information systems this will suffice. Alternatively we need details of your IT infrastructure, policies and software that your business has in place.  You may already have written procedures in place for these, however if you do not, you will need to put them in place and provide us with evidence through the audit before we can issue Certification.

With CAD/BIM documentation, could you please elaborate on this requirement?

This generally relates to Company CAD and BIM Standards documents of your company’s internal CAD / BIM Processes which should be compliant with BS1192:2007 and PAS1192:2 2013. As part of the submission we also ask for a case study to demonstrate the implementation of BIM within a project. For a typical design consultancy this may consist of the BIM Execution plan (BEP) produced and an example of how the Common data environment (CDE) was used upon a project. For a main contractor it may be how the project BEP was put together from the Designs teams, the creation and delivery of a Master Information Delivery Plan (MIDP) and the management of information through the gateways of the CDE.

We are still getting BIM ready, can you provide any guidance?

We are not permitted to provide consultancy for certification however we are able to refer you to a pre-assessment gap analysis service offered by BRE.  For more information please read here

How long is the Certification process?

Once you have submitted a complete application and paid the application fee (£895+VAT) we will carry out a review of the information provided and issue you a proposal for the work involved in your Initial onsite assessment and the costs.  The duration of your initial assessment is determined by the information you have submitted in your application and the size of your company. The process can take 6-8 weeks to complete.

What is the process?

  • Complete and submit the online application form and pay application fee
  • BRE Global then complete a desktop review and supply you with feedback
  • BRE Global will then contact you with an onsite audit cost and possible dates
  • Once agreed we will invoice for the fees and complete the onsite audit
  • BRE Global will then complete an internal review of the onsite assessment and evidence gathered
  • Certification decision is made
  • Once the scheme requirements are met we will issue your certificate
  • Certification is maintained through annual audits
  • Full re-certification is required every three years

How much will Certification with BRE Global cost our company?

You will need to pay an application fee (£895+VAT) and document review fee (£875+VAT).  Once we have assessed your application we will then confirm the costs for the onsite audit.  As an example, a small to medium sized company will generally take one – two days on site at a cost of between £2270 – £3405. For larger companies with multiple locations please contact us directly (bim@bre.co.uk) for a cost estimate.  We will then prepare a unique costed proposal for you.

What are the on-going costs associated with Certification?

Annual certification fees include £895+VAT and an onsite audit fee.  The onsite audit is usually half the duration and at a reduced cost of the initial audit.

Do our staff all need to be BIM Level 2 Certificated Individuals in order for us to achieve BIM Level 2 Business systems certification?

It is not currently essential however it is highly recommended and it may speed up the business systems certification process.

How do our staff achieve BRE Global BIM Certification for Individuals?

Please refer to the BIM Certification for Individuals web page and FAQs.