Understanding BIM Level 2

A Design Assembly South Wales Presentation

On Friday, November 10th, we were proud to co-host Design Assembly South Wales with Edge Design.

Combining RIBA-certified CPD presentations from renowned professionals with the chance to mix and mingle with experts in the world of commercial interiors and office design, it proved to be a successful, insightful and entertaining morning.

If you missed it, you can download the programme, but we thought we’d give anyone who couldn’t make it on the day an opportunity to see what they missed.

The first of our guest speakers was Dan Rossiter, Senior BIM Communicator for BRE.

BRE. Who are we?

From the very beginning, Dan made it clear that he wanted to take a straight-talking approach to describe what BRE do, avoiding any jargon.

Basically, the Building Research Establishment encourage organisations to build a better world together. Through research and knowledge generation, their aim is to improve sustainability in the built environment by setting and monitoring the standards by which buildings are designed and built.

They’ve been doing this for quite some time. In fact, BRE will be celebrating its 100th Anniversary in 2021.

Dan promised a party and some cake, so we’re looking forward to that!

What is BIM?

BRE subscribe to the UK task group’s definition;

“BIM is essentially value creating collaboration through the entire life-cycle of an asset, underpinned by the creation, collation and exchange of shared 3D models and intelligent, structured data attached to them.”


There are at least three different acronyms that could be used for BIM;

Building Information Model

This describes the things being produced.

Building Information Modelling

This describes how things are produced.

Building Information Management

This describes who produces what things and when.

But Dan suggested that it was better to think of it as ‘better information management’since BIM is all about improving the way that information flows and evolves throughout a project.

What’s the worst that could happen?

When information at the design stage of a project is inaccurate, ambiguous or incomplete, it can have severe implications on the finished building or asset.

BIM can help to avoid this. With this in mind, the Government introduced a four-year strategy to ensure that the UK would become one of the world-leaders in the use of BIM; accelerating change through the introduction of the BIM Level 2 mandate.

The BIM Level 2 has been developed to increase efficiency by reducing costs and waste in the construction industry.

What is BIM Level 2?

BIM has several levels of maturity.

  • Level 0 relates to unmanaged CAD (Computer Aided Design).
  • Level 1 involves structuring information through a managed CAD process.
  • Level 2 relates to developing an information model produced in separate elements but shared in a collaborative environment.

All Government centrally-procured assets now have to achieve BIM level 2. To support businesses in demonstrating their capability,

BRE offer BIM Business System Certification. In order to gain BIM Level 2 certification, a business would need to meet the requirements of PAS 1192-2 and related documents.

You can find out more about these requirements on the BIM Level 2 page of BRE’s website.

What does this mean to me?

If you work in the world of architecture, building construction or office design, it means that committing to BIM can reduce costs and waste, while improving communication and efficiency.

For business owners, especially those having a new building constructed as part of an office fit-out project, while knowing the intricacies of BIM Level 2 isn’t essential, it’s good to know how it can help to streamline the processes involved in a project.

In a nutshell, the key components of BIM Level 2 focus on collaboration. It ensures that there is one consistent, “single source of truth” for all of the information relating to a project.

Ultimately, it should make for a smoother process with fewer surprises along the way.

With a captive audience of designers, architects and construction specialists, Dan’s presentation at Design Assembly South Wales proved invaluable.

You can find out more about how Dan is using Building Information Modelling to produce an information model of his own home at his blog; ‘There's no BIM like home’.

If you’d like to find out how we use BIM in our projects at Paramount, get in touch with our team today.

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