The Standard Information Management Plan (SIMP) provides a common approach to embed robust information management processes within infrastructure projects using building information modelling (BIM). If we create, manage, and share information on our infrastructure projects efficiently and leverage associated technologies, the benefits will be significant across the asset lifecycle through the reduction in waste, improved delivery, and ultimately improve how we manage and maintain our assets.
"Setting clear information requirements at the outset of the project will best support the adoption of BIM in accordance with ISO 19650. The SIMP seeks to support contracting authorities develop compliant, consistent and proportionate information requirements and realise the benefits this will bring."
Paul Dodd, SFT
The SIMP has been developed to enable contracting authorities establish and ensure the delivery of appropriate project and asset information using BIM in accordance with BS EN ISO 19650 parts 1 and 2. It has three primary objectives:
- Support a consistent approach in how public bodies specify BIM and how information is delivered.
- Enable delivery of accurate as-built digital information models & O&M manuals to support lifecycle asset management.
- Comply and align with new international standards in the adoption of BIM.
It has been developed through significant industry consultation and support, and it's initial roll-out and implementation is on the Scottish Governments £1 billion Learning Estate Investment Programme, announced in September 2019.
The SIMP is made up of three constituent parts which include the project dashboard, workbook, and associated templates. In addition, there are programme level and national resources to support its implementation within projects.
Figure 1. Constituent parts of SIMP
"The SIMP has been developed to support appropiate project and asset information delivery on Scottish public sector projects. As industry begins to respond to the new BS EN ISO 19650 standards, we believe the SIMP will support upskilling and wider adoption quicker and in doing so, realise the benefits it will bring sooner. We will continue to collaborate with contracting authorities and industry to refine the plan going forward and welcome feedback in its use."
Ryan Tennyson, SFT