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Better Project Information

A great video from the CPI archives, provided by Keith Snook of the BRE (and CPI Committee member).

This clip from a much longer film from the time of the launch of the original CPI documents in 1987 and shows two examples of the consequences of not communicating information effectively through the construction process. Both cases show the correlation between the quality of information delivered to site with the quality of finished work.

“Progress on site was often disrupted by late or inadequate information”


Then and Now

Here’s some comparison shots of the first example in the video (from the Building Research Establishment in Watford) as it stands today, still with the infill detail at the redundant doorway.

Inset Doorway then

Inset Doorway then


Inset Doorway Now

Inset Doorway Now


Alternative Side Door Then

Alternative Side Door Then


Alternative Side Door Now

Alternative Side Door Now


Last updated: June 1, 2014 at 10:24 am

ICE BIM 2012

In 2011 the UK Government announced the “Government Construction Strategy” which included a mandate for the implementation of BIM (Building Information Modelling) Level 2 on all public projects by 2016. The Government believes that BIM will drive down waste, ensure better procurement decisions and improve the carbon efficiencies of projects. This gives BIM the green light to be fully integrated into the building design and construction process. With industry and government backing BIM is likely to be an essential process for engineers, architects and all those involved in the workflow process.

Paul Morrell, Chief Construction Advisor to the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS) and Mark Bew, Chair of the UK Government Working Group set out this strategy at the inaugural ICE BIM conference in 2011. They continue to push forward with this strategy and will be present at ICE BIM 2012 to give an overview of the work that is going on to ensure programme delivery.

Building on the successes of last year’s conference, the 2012 event will focus on realising the efficiencies within the construction industry where BIM is being utilised. Detailed case studies form those successfully implementing BIM will be presented, including:

  • The Head of Project Delivery Unit at the Ministry of Justice on their four major projects using BIM
  • The Head of Technical Information at Crossrail on how BIM is being utilised
  • The Buildings BIM Manager and Region Manager from Jacobs on the use of BIM on the Blackfriars Station redevelopment project

Delegates at the conference will once again have the opportunity to share their opinions and experiences through interactive voting sessions and roundtable discussions.

For a full programme and for registration details visit or call +44 (0)20 7665 2226.

Cross-discipline design deliverables for BIM

David Churcher was commissioned by CPI to compile a strategy report as a preliminary stage to setting deliverables for BIM against the CIC plan of works. The report compares construction industry plans of work against the CIC plan of work. Level of detail required at each stage of the plan of work can be developed.

Click here a copy of the report here.

RICS BIM Conference

Pioneered by cutting edge professionals this collaborative, integrated working process is set to revolutionise the construction sector redefining the relationships between construction professionals.

This conference aims to dispel the myth that BIM is simply a technology issue and explains how the adoption of BIM will require changes in workflow, practices and procedures. Specifications, regulations, costs and products will have to be standardised.

With a keynote address from Paul Morrell, the Government’s Chief Construction Adviser, the day will open with a review of the Government’s expectations of BIM followed by an exciting programme that examines the changing roles of quantity surveyors and project mangers, legal and contractual implications and importantly the clients’ perspective on BIM.

Sessions on the practical implications on cost planning and collaborative working and the impact of BIM on infrastructure projects make this a must attend event for construction professionals.

Don’t miss the opportunity to learn from industry experts understanding how BIM will impact you and how it can benefit your business