Delivered on site, it is designed to help companies provide evidence that they have the policies and procedures required to deliver level 2 BIM in line with the government's strategy. BRE hopes that companies will pay for the service as a useful marketing tool.
The scheme comprises evidence-based assessment of BIM systems in line with Level 2’s process requirements. Those that meet the criteria are awarded Certificated BIM Operator status by BRE Global, the BRE’s certification arm.
A yearly audit and review is performed to verify that standards continue to be met, with a full reassessment carried out every three years.
Paul Oakley, associate director of BIM at BRE, said: "As well as speeding up the tendering process, certification offers significant benefits all round. It saves businesses the time and costs involved in responding to ever-varying tender questions, and for those issuing tenders, having a BRE BIM-certified business in the running removes the need to check replies or employ someone to do it for them."
BRE has trialled the scheme with three companies – BDP, David Miller Architects and Heatherwick Studio. "We’re thrilled to be part of the pilot scheme," said David Miller. "In a climate where accurate, fast and reliable information is required as a bare minimum, it makes sense to us to put measurement procedures in place that will help us to maintain and progress these workflows within our practice."