UK BIM Framework (June 2024)

UK BIM Framework revamped with new guidance and an ‘AI capability’

The UK BIM Framework, the overarching approach to implementing building information modelling (BIM) in the UK, has been upgraded, and will support future industry needs for better information management..

The free online resource, developed and maintained by nima and BSI, sets out standards, guidance, checklists and FAQs to help UK individuals and organisations understand the fundamental principles of information management using BIM. The latest update, launched to coincide with Digital Construction Week in London on 5-6 June 2024, incorporates several improvements:

  • the site’s branding now makes a clearer graphical connection between the overall framework and the underpinning guidance
  • the content of the guidance, including external references, has been updated to ensure alignment with recently released standards in the ISO 19650 series
  • enhanced presentation, navigation and search facilities – including an artificial intelligence (AI) capability – improve the user experience, and
  • the site now offers better opportunities for user and community engagement.

Supporting future industry information management needs

The UK BIM Framework ( is recommended in UK Government construction strategy documents including the Construction Playbook and the TIP Roadmap to 2030. An ongoing review of the TIP Roadmap’s ‘Information Management Mandate’ (IMM) will be likely to further embed the Framework in digital practices across the lifecycle of built and managed assets.

Nima chair Dr Anne Kemp OBE leads the IMM review group. She says:

“UK industry has made great progress in digitalising information management processes across the built environment in recent years. We want the new IMM approach to define the necessary next steps and to provide resources – such as the UK BIM Framework – that will help individuals and organisations support the necessary changes. Keeping such resources up-to-date will be a key government and industry requirement.”

New platform featuring ‘AI’

The core guidance elements of the UK BIM Framework have been moved to an online platform provided by technology provider Morta. The shift has provided the opportunity to refresh the ‘look and feel’ of the online resources, and to review and update the content.

According to one of the guidance editors and co-authors, Sarah Davidson, the key improvement in presentation has been to create new navigation and search facilities:

“We have incorporated a new navigation side bar coupled with the abilities to collapse and expand content and to apply the Morta search function. The navigation and collapse/expand functionality makes it easier for a user to see and move between different aspects of guidance; users can now search all of the guidance or one guidance resource at a time.

“In addition, we now have a feature called ‘ask Morta AI’. This enables a user to ask a question about the guidance – for example, ‘what is an EIR?’. This will trigger a search of the guidance and will return specific guidance relating to the question; in this case, it will define what an EIR is (it won’t just return a series of results where EIR is mentioned).

Ask Morta AI

“It uses artificial intelligence to deliver a logical response that is informed by the guidance. This is different from AI-enabled content generated through models such as ChatGPT which are trained on many sources but are not necessarily context-specific.”

Refreshed guidance

The updated UK BIM Framework incorporates a third edition of Guidance 1: Concepts. Guidance editor and co-author David Churcher said:

“This has been rewritten so that it offers an effective bridge between Guidance 0: The case for information management and Guidance 2, 3 and 4 that explore the requirements and recommendations of ISO 19650-2, ISO 19650-3 and ISO 19650-4 respectively.

“Preparing the guidance for its new look has reminded me what an informative and comprehensive resource it is. Authored by industry for industry, it gets to the bottom of information management as set out in the ISO 19650 series.”

“I hope users enjoy the new look guidance and find the AI-enabled search an engaging feature.  It should help them to quickly and easily find out more about the nuances and the technical requirements for information management according to the ISO 19650 series.”

The switch to Morta provides the foundation to increase user and community engagement and collaboration. The Framework now contains an embedded form that users can complete to provide comments on the guidance alongside suggestions for development, with plans to extend this in the future.

Morta (also a nima bronze patron) provides connected information hubs that increase construction teams’ productivity and reduce risk by replacing manual spreadsheet- and document-based processes. Mo Shana’a, founder and CEO of Morta, says:

“The UK BIM Framework guidance is one of the best examples we’ve seen of the power of community and collaboration across the industry, and we are excited to support in making the knowledge and information within it more accessible for the industry.” 

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Editor’s notes

  • The UK BIM Framework provides the overarching approach to implementing BIM in the UK. Initially developed by the UK BIM Alliance (today nima), BSI and CDBB, and formally launched in October 2019, it is the result of a large and sustained collaborative effort. Today coordinated by nima and BSI, the Framework provides free online guidance and associated resources, and its adoption and use is recommended by the UK Government in the Construction Playbook and TIP Roadmap to 2030. The June 2024 revamp primarily relates to the Guidance content.
  • Since late 2023, a task group convened by nima and the Construction Leadership Council has been consulting with organisations across the built and managed environment to collate insights and feedback surrounding the ‘Information Management Mandate’ (Annex B of the TIP Roadmap), and to review the overall approach, scope, presentation and implementation plan. The Task Group are working to launch the refreshed Approach and the means for implementing this in the autumn 2024.

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