UK: The UK government has commissioned a working group to integrate regulations into BIM to simplify compliance and enable building regulations and planning applications to be made using 3D computer models.
The initiative, called BIM4Regs, aims to incorporate building regulations, planning and health and safety requirements into BIM models. It has been commissioned by the BIM Task Group, part of the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, and is being executed by a cross section of government and industry organisations including the Department for Communities and Local Government, the Health and Safety Executive, the planning portal, BRE, software vendors and industry representatives.
The initiative will embed regulatory information within BIM software so architects and engineers can immediately see if designs comply with the rules. Regulations based on minimum distance measurements, such as the amount of headroom required on stairs, can be easily incorporated into BIM with the model flagging up contraventions. The model will also be able to easily assess where fire compartments are needed in buildings by assessing minimum distances and numbers of people using the building.