Digital Built Britain: F.A.Q.

Yes it is very likely that a date will be set for the adoption of certain elements of the Level 3 programme. Keep coming back to this website for updates.
Yes, the concepts and work already delivered by Building Smart will be taken forward but with significant functional additions as described in the strategy documents. Detailed technical information will be made available after the April mobilisation activities.
Yes, there will be a new suite of contracts including paperless transactions.

The functional changes are summarised as

• Whole Life and Functional (Business) Management capability
• Interoperable “simple to use” technology
• Integrated to “Big Data” for wider analytic
• Secure By Design
• Paperless transparent contracts and payment systems
• Data provenance to protect suppliers from IP and copyright fraud
• Level 3 moves from a file based methods to full object base techniques

Yes, absolutely the best possible preparation for you and your supply chain for level 3 is to become highly competent at Level 2. The chances of successfully jumping directly from Level 1 to Level 3 are very slim.
No, but they are highly synergistic and complimentary. The construction industry has much to offer Smart Cities and Smart Cities have much to teach the construction industry in terms of understanding how assets are used, perform and deliver end user services.
Yes, please register your interest at the email below.
The jump between Level 2 and 3 is “big”, the reason we have committed to Level 3 at this time is because we know how much work there will be in creating the technical standards and commercial controls to be ready for an early adopter programme towards the end of the decade. We will continue to work with our legacy partners to ensure a managed handover as we reach the Level 2 mandate in April 2016.
The continuing leadership of the UK in the area of UK construction is vital for us to maintain a competitive position in international markets, including construction and Smart Cities.

The benefits of Level 3 BIM can be summarised as:

• Substantial savings to public procurement
• Quicker and wider realisation of step-change in the performance of the construction industry, transforming the efficiency of project delivery
• Optimised operation of buildings, creating savings over the whole life of built assets, in particular through reduced energy demand – in turn helping to hold down national demand for energy
• Creating a controlled regime for the exposure of open data from different elements in the built environment so that this exposure – which is necessary to maximise social and commercial benefits – does not offer opportunities to those who would threaten security
• Benefits to UK businesses through international adoption of UK standards and protocols, enabling growth and jobs in firms involved in delivering modern digital-related products and services (see next sub-section)
• Enabling capabilities for other related industries and services such as Smart Cities, Grids, Manufacturing, Digital, Cyber Security and New Materials