The Centre for Digital Built Britain's International programme, is collaborating with 40 countries across Europe, the Middle East, Latin America, the USA and Asia, to develop national digital innovation policies and drive benefits from the wide adoption of digital information management (based on ISO 19650 standards).
Evidence gathered by KPMG suggests the use of BIM could potentially secure between £5.10 and £6.00 of direct labour productivity gains for every £1 invested.
The same report shows that for every £1 of direct productivity gain in the design, construction and maintenance of newly built assets enabled by BIM in 2021 could potentially translate into a whole economy impact of £3.70 in annual GDP by 2051, demonstrating the economic returns to the UK economy are a multiple of any direct productivity gains in the construction sector that are enabled by BIM.
Evidence gathered by KPMG suggests BIM has the ability to influence the sustainability of the assets and services produced by the construction sector. BIM can enable greater sustainability through:
- The construction of an asset e.g. reductions in materials waste or construction blight
- The operation of an asset e.g. reductions in noise and carbon emissions
- The permanent effects on the local area surrounding an asset once built e.g. the delivery of a better-designed asset for surrounding land and property owners
A KPMG study suggests BIM has the potential to influence the quality of the assets and services produced by the construction sector, and thus offers the opportunity to drive more social value from the country’s built assets. For example, BIM’s role in enhancing the design of assets can generate journey time savings for transport users, improved health outcomes for hospital patients, improved educational outcomes in schools, or less crowded housing for tenants.
A study by KPMG suggests that BIM can deliver between £5.10 and £6.00 of direct labour productivity gains for every £1 invested.
BIM modelling allowed this Colombian dual carriageway project to save $695 million and two and a half years of work.
By aligning project delivery terms and standards, the programme fosters an environment where it is easier to trade across borders. This benefits UK exporters looking to work in international markets and allows international companies to partner and trade with the UK.
An example of this impact is the UK - Peru Government to Government agreement with the Reconstruction Authority of Peru where UK companies are delivering services and training on the UK’s innovative methodologies (including BIM) to support the redevelopment of Peru following the El Nino disaster in 2017.
The International programme is diffusing the global adoption of BIM to international standards and terms in the public procurement of infrastructure projects. Part of this includes training over 2,500 public officials in the BIM methodology at the national level, and procurement and project levels.