BIM Task Group

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The Building Information Modelling (BIM) Task Group was a UK Government-funded group, managed through the Cabinet Office, created in 2011, and superseded in 2017 by the Centre for Digital Built Britain.


Holding its first meeting in May 2011 and chaired by Mark Bew, the BIM Task Group was founded to "drive adoption of BIM across government" in support of the Government Construction Strategy.[1] It aimed to strengthen the public sector's capabilities in BIM implementation to that all central government departments could adopt, as a minimum, collaborative 'Level 2' BIM by 2016.

The core BIM task force, to which companies seconded employees, identified four work streams, each led by a core team member: stakeholder and media engagement, delivery and productivity, commercial and legal, and training and academia.[2] Working parties were established to focus on particular areas including: training and education, COBie data set requirements, Plan of Works, software vendors (the BIM Technologies Alliance), contractors (UK Contractors Group, now superseded by Build UK), and materials and products suppliers (Construction Products Association).[3]

In early 2014, it was announced that the BIM Task Group would be wound down during 2015, with a "managed handover" during 2015 to a newly created "legacy group", though there was speculation that the group's life might be extended to help achieve a new BIM 'Level 3' target.[4][5]

In October 2016, an updated BIM Task Group delivering the February 2015 Digital Built Britain strategy was announced at the Institution of Civil Engineers BIM 2016 Conference in a keynote speech by Mark Bew.[6][7][8] The work of the BIM Task Group now continues under the stewardship of the Cambridge-based Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB),[9] announced in December 2017 and formally launched in early 2018.[10]

Since 2016, industry adoption of BIM has been led by the UK BIM Alliance,[11] formed to champion and enable the implementation of BIM, and to connect and represent organisations, groups and individuals working towards digital transformation of the UK's built environment industry. The former BIM Technologies Alliance was reconstituted as a group managed by the UK BIM Alliance. In October 2019, CDBB, the UK BIM Alliance and the BSI Group launched the UK BIM Framework. Superseding the BIM levels approach, the framework describes an overarching approach to implementing BIM in the UK, integrating the international ISO 19650 series of standards into UK processes and practice.[12]


  1. ^ Cabinet Office (2011) Government Construction Strategy. Accessed: 2 September 2014.
  2. ^ BIM Task Group, Work streams and work packages. Accessed 2 September 2014.
  3. ^ BIM Task Group, Working Parties. Accessed 2 September 2014.
  4. ^ Withers, Ian (16 May 2014). "Concern over plans to wind down BIM Task Group". Building. UBM. Retrieved 2 September 2014.
  5. ^ Clarkson, Graham (30 May 2014). "Are we ready to manage without the BIM Task Group?". Construction Manager. Atom Publishing. Archived from the original on 3 July 2014. Retrieved 2 September 2014.
  6. ^ Innovate UK, Launch of Digital Built Britain. Accessed 19 October 2016.
  7. ^ BIMPlus, Digital Built Britain officially launched. Accessed 19 October 2016.
  8. ^ Infrastructure Intelligence, Digital Built Britain launches next phase of construction's digitisation . Accessed 19 October 2016.
  9. ^ "What Was the UK BIM Task Group?". BIM Level 2. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  10. ^ Williamson, Jonny (1 December 2017). "£5.4m to launch 'Centre for Digital Built Britain'". The Manufacturer. Retrieved 19 July 2019.
  11. ^ Solutions, WebCider Business. "UK BIM Alliance".
  12. ^ "UK BIM Alliance, BSI & CDBB launch UK BIM Framework". PBC Today. 17 October 2019. Retrieved 19 May 2020.