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05 July 2017

What is BIM Level 2?

J.V. Tierney & Co Consulting Engineers Ireland have provided mechanical and electrical consulting engineering services since the late 1940s. More recently we have focused on sustainability, offering environmental design solutions in line with our status as accredited BREEAM assessors.  


We are committed to helping our clients achieve energy efficient buildings and part of that mission is to educate people on the value of Building Information Modelling (BIM). Here we take a look at the BIM Level 2 means and represents.


BIM Maturity Level 2


Since the UK government set their target of achieving BIM Maturity Level 2 on all projects in the public sector by 2016 (no targets have been set by the Irish government to date), there have been many questions regarding the requirements and how they are attained.


PAS1192-2:2013 is the official document outlining these requirements, some of which include:


  • Information model development, referencing, federating or exchanging information with other models

  • Assessment of supplier and supply chain capability

  • Delivering of BIM Execution Plan (BEP) including methods, standards, assigned roles and a master information delivery matrix which is aligned to the project program

  • Facilitating of a Common Data Environment (CDE)

  • Ensuring all are compliant with the standards and documents listed in standardised UK BIM Level 2 documents

  • The utilisation of database software and analysis software to develop information models

While the requirements for achieving BIM Level 2 are complex with various rules to adhere to, as of 2016 it became the minimum standard of collaborative working necessary for all public sector projects in the UK.


BIM Level 2 involves various Design Team members exchanging information yet still using their own individual 3D models. BIM Level 3 builds on this, requiring collaboration between parties on a centralised project model.


While the industry has some way to go before BIM Level 3 becomes the standard in any sector, it will no doubt come to fruition when companies such as ourselves advance in line with the technology.


If you would like to know more about BIM Ireland and its application in the modern construction industry, call us on 00353 1 421 4900 or visit our website www.jvtierney.ie.