The new BIM Toolkit and Digital Plan of Work #bsl2015

Stage 1: The new BIM Toolkit and Digital Plan of Work

 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM

This class will detail the process by which a new BIM Toolkit and Digital Plan of work will be made available to the whole of the construction industry from the Spring of 2015.

NBS has been awarded, by Innovate UK, a £1m contract to develop a free-to-use BIM Toolkit that will serve as an online checking and validation system for all BIM led projects. This is momentous development for the industry and will be an essential part of a building project lifecycle.

Use of the Toolkit is advisable for all public sector projects when the requirement to meet Level 2 BIM comes into effect in 2016. In addition, the NBS team behind the toolkit hopes that the private sector will also adopt it as the industry standard.

The BIM Toolkit will make available a Digital Plan of Work alongside a classification system that will incorporate definitions for over 5,000 construction objects at each delivery stage of a project.

NBS is the lead on this project team, which also includes the BIM Academy, BDP, Laing O’Rourke, Microsoft and Newcastle University.

The cloud-based Toolkit and Digital Plan of Work, together with a new unified classification system, are regarded as the only remaining components needed to complete the suite of standards, protocols and guidance that will deliver the Government’s definition of Level 2 BIM and satisfy forthcoming public sector requirements.

Attendees of this class will be given a practical demonstration of the Toolkit and Digital Plan of Work.

Learning Objectives

  1. How the new BIM Toolkit and Digital Plan of Work will benefit not just the construction industry, but individual organisations
  2. How to use the BIM Toolkit and apply the Digital Plan of Work to individual projects
  3. Why the UK government has instructed the development of the BIM Toolkit and Digital Plan of Work and its expectations of how it is implemented


  • Creating information that can be used for queries.

    Level of definition and plain language questions.

    Clarity was the goal. Define/test/use

    Data growth is aligned to purpose.

    Goldilocks enigma. Just right. Not too hot or too cold.

    Assessment and need stage

    What are the PLQs that can be answered digitally?

    Properties at project level and at stage. Deciding roles at a stage. Then tasks by stage. Not all data is model based.

    Schedule of services taken from institute processes are built in as tasks.

    Template based re-use of project data structures.

    Open API and export functionality built in.

    Procurement stage

    Exported file from EIR can be reimported into the bidder area.

    Production phase

    DPOW defines who, what and when. Simple.

    LOD and LOI selectable informed deliverable editing per item.

    Cobie the data schema rather than cobie the excel spreadsheet.

    Iso12006-2 uniclass 2015

    Synonym based search matching.

    Built on the xbim platform which is open source.

    How often do designers refer to the information requirements?

    2015-04-08 15.43.34

    Flexibility is a must to prevent atrophy.

    Validating if the data actually exists. Not whether it is correct.

    Cobie plus time and stage.


    Export requirements as IFC with properties and data

    Non cloud based option for viewing is available.

    Beta programme in a couple of weeks.

About Shaun Farrell

I have been involved in the construction sector since 1986 and over the years I have seen things change dramatically. Much of the change has been directly as a result of technology. This blog will be about the key combinations of People, Process and Technology. Any views expressed here are strictly my own.
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