HS2 ltd has launched a supplier survey to help gauge whether the potential supply chain is ready to work to Level 2 Building Information Modelling (BIM) procuring and managing data for the design, build, operation and maintenance of the new high speed rail link.
The survey is open to any company planning to bid for work on the £42.6bn project and is not a formal part of the procurement process. The aim of the survey is to identify areas where HS2 ltd can work with suppliers to help them get ready for the new requirements.
BIM Level 2 will be required for all central Government projects after 2016 and HS2 will be one of the first major public infrastructure projects to use it from the start.
Beth West, Commercial Director of HS2 ltd, said:
“BIM provides a unique opportunity to design and build the railway in a virtual space long before the first spade goes in the ground. That means we can iron out the unforeseen problems, and get on with reducing risk on the project.
“It also allows our contractors to work collaboratively to find the best solutions for the project as a whole and share crucial information on design data, stakeholder interactions and asset information before, during and after construction.
“The survey we’re launching today is all about getting to know whether the potential supply chain is ready to use BIM and what we need to do to get them up to speed.”
HS2 ltd has appointed Mace Ltd to run the survey as part of a larger BIM Up-skilling Study. The study will include an electronic BIM capability scorecard for potential suppliers to complete, together with a series of interviews, meetings and events designed to capture views from the supply chain.
The survey is the first of a series of consultations announced at the HS2 Supply Chain Conference in Birmingham in November 2013.
You can find and complete the survey here https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/hs2bimupskillingstudy