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Free BIM basics checklist for smaller contractors

May 2016 Latest News, Smart Homes | Comments Off on Free BIM basics checklist for smaller contractors

Free information for small and medium-sized firms has been released by the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA), to coincide with the Government’s introduction of the requirement to use BIM Level 2 in significant centrally procured contracts.

The ECA’s ‘BIM Basics’ checklist highlights the ‘bare essential’ requirements that firms within the building services sector will need to meet to work on BIM projects.

Developed with the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), the BIM Basics checklist includes the basic requirements within the following key areas: capability and skills, processes, software and hardware, and digital information.

The ECA’s Bill Wright said: “Central government spends billions each year on buying goods and services, and it’s vital that building services firms of all shapes and sizes quickly get up to speed with BIM Level 2.

“BIM won’t work properly unless the specialist supply chain is fully ready, and the ECA’s easily digestible checklist will help smaller and lower tier contractors to understand what may be their most likely interactions with BIM projects.”

Research conducted by the ECA last year found that more than half of contractors (54%) with a turnover of less than £1m are ‘not ready at all’ for BIM, while three in 10 firms (30%) with earnings between £1m and £20m were in the same position. The BIM checklists are part of the ECA’s response to help companies increase their relevant BIM understanding and capability.

The ECA’s free ‘BIM Basics’ checklist is available at