15 March 2017 – Commencement of a consultation process on the adoption of Building Information Modelling (BIM) on public works projects.

Building Information Modelling or BIM provides a means of structuring the information required to design, build and manage building and infrastructure assets.  In so doing it offers opportunities to deliver efficiencies and savings in the construction and operation of built assets that are owned or managed by the State on behalf of its citizens.  It is incumbent on public bodies to consider how its implementation may be managed in a manner that allows all those involved in the delivery of construction projects (both in the public and private sectors) to prepare for the adoption of the processes and the associated tools so they may continue to contribute to the delivery of projects funded under the public capital programme.

Following consultation with public bodies engaged in public works projects, the Government Contracts Committee for Construction (GCCC) has prepared a position paper for the purposes of inviting responses from industry.  The position paper titled ‘A Public Sector BIM Adoption Strategy’ outlines the context and rationale for the adoption of BIM and puts forward a proposed timeline for adoption.

The position paper ‘A Public Sector BIM Adoption Strategy’ is available to download here.

Responses are invited to the Position Paper from interested parties and individuals.  These should be submitted by email to publicworkscontractsreview@per.gov.ie by close of business on Thursday, 13 April 2017.

A template response document is available to download here.

Those submitted after the deadline will be accepted but the views expressed therein may not be considered in the final strategy.

Respondents are also asked to note that responses received by the Office of Government Procurement will be published on the Construction Procurement Reform website within a month of the closing date for submissions.