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Integrated project insurance (IPI) BIM RoadmapAugust 2014

Project background (Source: Cabinet Office)

"The Government Construction Strategy (2011) set out to achieve savings in construction procurement of up to 20%. Reforming procurement practices to effect behavioural and cultural change underpins this effort. The Industrial Strategy for Construction (Construction 2025) re-emphasises Government’s continuing commitment to this effort. The context to this initiative has been set out in “New Models of Procurement – Introduction to the Guidance”.

Three new models of construction procurement (Cost Led Procurement; Integrated Project Insurance; Two Stage Open Book) have been trialed. Guidance for each describes the ‘how to’ in adopting the model to aid clients in the public sector, bringing together best practice and behaviors of leading practitioners to help generate savings being sought by Government. If clients and suppliers want to achieve the same level of outcomes demonstrated by the trial projects, then the steps and techniques set out in the guidance will help them to achieve this.

Through evolution rather than revolution, these models offer the potential to achieve efficiency gains that can be released for reinvestment, create new employment and industry activity, make projects more affordable and fundable, and make the UK construction industry more competitive."

About the the IPI Model and BIM Roadmap

The IPI (Integrated Project Insurance) Model has been developed by Integrated Project Initiatives Ltd in conjunction with brokers Griffiths & Armour and promoted by the Specialist Engineering Alliance with the support of 30 practices and companies across the industry.

Monitoring of the initial projects is being undertaken by a cross-industry consortium, including BSRIA, under a 4-year project “Rethinking the Build process – delivering more for less under the IPI model”, funded by the Technology Strategy Board.

As part of this work, BSRIA has been engaged on various work packages dealing with the use of BIM on the trial projects.  A key output from this effort has been the IPI BIM Roadmap – a graphical representation of the activities and process necessary for BIM engagement on the trial projects. Download a copy of the Roadmap here, which follows the visual format used by the BIM Task Group in its work with Government departments.

The Roadmap takes the key integrated project working steps developed as a response to the Strategic Forum Integration Toolkit Workbooks, and maps them against established industry tools such as the RIBA Plan of Work 2013 (and the RIBA Outline Plan of Work 2007 for comparison) to help put them into context in a project environment.  Other related initiatives such as Soft Landings, and GSL (Government Soft landings) have also been included.

Against this backdrop, there is space within the Roadmap for clients to set out their own procurement processes, identifying any important stages where key decisions need to be made.  Stakeholders are also identified and included in the Roadmap, together with defining the questions which they need answers to in order to inform those decisions.

The various elements of the IPI BIM Roadmap reflect the processes and practices operated by the DIO (Defence Infrastructure Organisation) as sponsors of the initial trial project.

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