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31.03.14

HS2 launches BIM Level 2 survey

A supplier survey to help gauge whether the potential supply chain is ready to work to Level 2 Building Information Modelling (BIM) requirements has been launched by HS2 Ltd.

The survey is open to any company planning to bid for work on the £42.6bn project and is not a formal part of the procurement process.

However, the aim of the survey is to identify areas where HS2 can work with suppliers to help them get ready for the new requirements. This is because BIM Level 2 will be required for all central government projects after 2016 and HS2 will be one of the first major public infrastructure projects to use it from the start.

Beth West, commercial director of HS2, said: “BIM provides a unique opportunity to design and build the railway in a virtual space long before the first spade goes in the ground. That means we can iron out the unforeseen problems, and get on with reducing risk on the project.

“The survey we’re launching today is all about getting to know whether the potential supply chain is ready to use BIM and what we need to do to get them up to speed.”

HS2 Ltd has appointed Mace Ltd to run the survey as part of a larger BIM Up-skilling Study. The study will include an electronic BIM capability scorecard for potential suppliers to complete, together with a series of interviews, meetings and events designed to capture views from the supply chain.

RTM interviewed HS2’s head of management systems, Jon Kerbey, on BIM for our current edition. Subscribe here: www.railtechnologymagazine.com/subscribe

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