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Free ‘BIM Basics’ Checklist for Smaller Contractors


Small and medium-sized contractor firms in Wales will be able to take advantage of free information released by the Electrical Contractors’ Association (ECA), to coincide with the government’s April 2016 introduction of requirement to use Building Information Modelling (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.

Dave Kieft

Developed with the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), the ECA’s ‘BIM Basics’ checklist includes the basic requirements within the following key areas:

  • Capability and skills
  • Processes
  • Software and hardware
  • Digital information.

According to Wales spokesperson for the ECA, Dave Kieft:

“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 if the specialist supply chain is fully ready, and the ECA’s easily digestible ‘BIM Basics’ Checklist will help smaller and lower tier contractors, which have a significant grounding in Wales, to understand what may be their most likely interactions with BIM projects.”

The ECA’s free ‘BIM Basics’ checklist can be viewed by clicking here.  A more extensive version, containing more ‘advanced’ BIM requirements, is available exclusively to ECA Members only. The ‘BIM Basics’ checklist is freely available until 1 July 2016.

Research conducted by the ECA last year found that over half of contractors (54%) with a turnover of less than £1 million are ‘not ready at all’ for BIM, while 3 in 10 firms (30%) with earnings between £1 million and £20 million 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.