Building information modelling (BIM) models are set to be subject to a number of different regulations as part of a new initiative.

The government has commissioned a working group to assess ways in which the 3D models could be integrated with regulations, planning and health and safety requirements. This is designed to enable building regulations and planning applications to be made during the initial phase of the construction. BIM is integral to helping contractors note potential problems before they begin work and can be effective in reducing costs and man hours. reports that the new scheme, entitled BIM4Regs, has been commissioned by hte BIM Task Group, an arm of the Department for Business Innovation and Skills. A number of government and industry organisations, including the Department for Communities and Local Government, are involved in the project which looks to use regulatory information within BIM software. It means that architects and engineers can see if their designs are compliant with current regulation.

It is a highly important task for planners as elements such as where fire compartments should be located for easy access is included in the BIM stage. The software will be able to flag up any problems that could potentially crop up once the construction of the structure actually gets underway.

Peter Caplehorn, technical director at Scott Brownrigg, explained that the use of BIM would be more commonplace in the future as an increased number of companies took up the software.

He told the news provider: "It [BIM applications] would probably be the preferred route. Maybe there would be the promise of faster processing or a preferential cost rate if applications are submitted as a BIM model.”

BIM4Regs has already been taking inspiration from Singapore where the country has already been adopting a new style of compliance in the construction sector. The Asian nation is ramping up its operations in BIM to speed up the development phase of new buildings in the near future.

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