10 August 2022
Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a process for creating and managing digital information throughout the lifetime of a building.
BIM provides a digitised record of information about every component of a building in one place, enabling everyone involved to view updated and accurate information at key stages of a project, including when a building is occupied.
BIM has been recommended by Dame Judith Hackitt as an effective way of incorporating building safety into the design and construction from the outset, as well as enabling an evidence base to support safety while a building is occupied. BIM can therefore support the construction, handover and management of safer, higher quality buildings, supporting housing associations to be compliant, intelligent and more efficient when developing and maintaining homes, potentially providing greater satisfaction for the residents living in them.
BIM for Housing Associations (BIM4HAs) is a joint project between housing associations and industry specialists, supported by the NHF. Established in 2018, BIM4HAs provides free resources to support housing associations to digitise their development and asset information.
To help housing associations implement BIM, BIM4HAs has developed a free toolkit which takes the housing association sector through how to use BIM as a tool to deliver safe, high-quality and well-managed buildings.
The toolkit provides a suggested mechanism whereby housing associations can digitise their development and asset information, and manage vital information about their buildings, and has now been updated to include a new Asset Information Model.
For housing associations using the toolkit, BIM4HAs has also created a forum where housing associations can share their experiences, ask questions and provide feedback.
This BIM4HAs Toolkit is free for anyone to use. It includes:
Join the launch webinar on Thursday 8 September at 1pm to find out more about using the toolkit and how it might benefit your organisation.
An updated version of the BIM4HAs Toolkit is now available.
Asset Information Model
This brand new addition to the Toolkit provides a blueprint to help housing associations manage information about their buildings in a reliable and structured way in accordance with the Principles of the Golden Thread.
The Asset Information Model enables different software platforms to work together and can be used to evaluate existing software or commission new software.
It standardises the relationships between pieces of data such as the information about buildings, the components in them, and how they are managed.
The Asset Information Model has seven sections:
The Asset Information Model is the key addition to this update, representing around £250,000 investment by Southern Housing Group. The model was validated by BIM4HAs members and donated to BIM4HAs so it is free to use by anyone.
The model was made with the Golden Thread in mind and designed to map to established data standards including the Housing Associations' Charitable Trust Housing Data Standards (HACT) and Industry Foundation Class (IFC).
To find out more about how the new Asset Information Model works and how it can be used to evaluate your existing software platforms and asset information structures, watch the introductory explainer video by Jack Ostrofsky, Chair of BIM4HAs.
Other key updates
The toolkit and its supporting documents are free to download and use. We recommend that you read the guidance and the disclaimers alongside the toolkit and its supporting documents.
Join the launch webinar on Thursday 8 September at 1pm to find out more about using the toolkit and how it might benefit your organisation. Register now.
BIM4HAs has also set up a forum to support housing associations using the toolkit. The forum supports housing associations looking to use BIM, providing opportunities to learn from fellow professionals in housing and BIM, share experiences, questions and feedback, and stay abreast of updates.
To join the forum, which is hosted on Microsoft Teams, please complete the form via the link at the bottom of the page or get in touch via email. You will then receive an email inviting you to join the forum.
BIM4HAs is working in partnership with the National Housing Federation and the UK BIM Alliance. BIM4HAs is also a participant in: