Government pushes for a Soft Landing

Soft Landings’ has been recognised as a crucial element of the Building Information Modelling (BIM) revolution. The announcement from Government that they will implement ‘Soft Landings’ (GSL) into all future projects from 2016 provides a clear signal to industry that collaborative working and end user satisfaction is now firmly on the agenda.

Eddie Tuttle, Public Affairs and Policy Manager at the Chartered Institute of Building said: “There is a strong synergy between BIM derived data and the effectiveness and efficiency of the handover process for buildings, post operational evaluation of the performance and asset management. Directing the focus of the supply side to deliver the required hand-over outcomes and long term performance is vitally important.

“There are considerable benefits and efficiencies that can be obtained by the use of GSL and BIM over the whole lifecycle of assets, which is driving the Government programme for industry adoption,” continued Tuttle.

Early feedback from the Ministry of Justice (MoJ) an early adopter of GSL has identified significant savings through the use of GSL on its new build and refurbishment projects, including a seven figure sum saving on one major project. Improvements have been identified in future design and operation of their facilities as a result of implementing GSL and BIM.

CIOB in Partnership with BSRIA are hosting a Soft Landings Conference on the 7 March at the CIOB International Headquarters in Ascot where Roy Evans from the Cabinet Office will provide the government’s latest views on Soft Landings.  This event will be of interest to all construction professionals who wish to keep up to date with the latest industry developments.

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