AEC (UK) BIM Protocols v2.0 now available

The latest version of the AEC (UK) BIM Protocols is now available for download from the Documents page.

Version 2.0 of the AEC (UK) BIM Protocol is a unification of the guidance provided by the previous documents, bringing workflows together in a single generic document which can be applied to any BIM-enabled project. The set of documents builds on the guidelines and frameworks defined by the UK standards documents, including BS1192:2007 and the forthcoming PAS1192-2:2012 alongside proven best practice procedures, providing a clear, concise path to implementation for BIM authoring software, such as Autodesk Revit and Bentley’s AECOsim Building Designer.

The AEC (UK) BIM Protocol v2.0 forms the “hub” of a complete software-based solution. Supplementary documents provide additional detail and enhancements required to implement these protocols using specific BIM authoring software:

A diagram showing the relationship of the supplements to the main document. The blue shapes represent the complete package for a company using Revit.

Nigel Davies, chair of the AEC (UK) initiative, comments, “The UK construction industry is moving through an exciting period of rapid change. The Government’s BIM strategy is affecting all of us, the private sector as well as public. We see this release of the AEC (UK) BIM Protocol as critical in helping cut through the often very technical wording of the Government’s BIM Task Group documents and British Standard procedures, allowing companies of any size to work in a coordinated and consistent manner with BIM.”


14 Responses to AEC (UK) BIM Protocols v2.0 now available

  1. Craig Larkin says:

    Hi, i have downloaded version 2.0 BIM protocol for autodesk revit, and would like to implement this across the company i work for as a standard. How do i apply or achieve the AEC (UK) BIM STANDARD COMPLIANT stamp to enable me to put the stamp into my models splash screen? Also i have noticed there is a BIM execution plan and Matrix available to download, could someone please describe or send me some info on how to follow/use these? I have been given the task of creating a standard BIM protocol for my company and this standard is exactly what i need, i just need a bit of help/guidance from you.

    Looking forward to hearing from you
    Thanks in advance
    Craig Larkin

    • AEC (UK) Chair says:

      Hi Craig

      At the moment there is no accreditation scheme for AEC (UK) compliance. It’s something we’re looking at though.

      We don’t offer advice services, I’m afraid, although our committee members include several BIM consultants who would happily help. Get in touch with them directly (have a look on the Committe page for contact details).

  2. bimwise says:

    Hello Team

    I am trying to put up a BIM Execution Plan together, based on AEC UK BIM Protocol for Revit V2. I think there is a discrepancy in section 6.2, last bullet point before ‘Warning’.

    It says “a LOCAL copy of the model shall be created by COPYING the original onto a local hard-drive via Windows Explorer – not by allowing Revit to automate the process.”

    I think if we create a local file this way, it will be an independent file and cannot be Synchronized with the Central.

    Just after the warning box, on page 10 of 27, protocol also states that “from release 2010 onwards, automated features allow the user to generate a local file with a reduced likelihood of accidental opening of the CENTRAL file. These new tools are to be encouraged, although the above points still apply”.

    Now the two sentences are contradictory.
    Can you please throw more light on this and let me know your opinion.

    Kind regards

  3. Paul Sandford says:


    I have been asked a question which I am hoping you can help me with. On some of your documents you have an AEC (UK) BIM STANDARD COMPLIANT symbol. Is this a symbol for your use only or is there a way a company to prove compliance and therefore have use of that symbol?



    • AEC (UK) Chair says:

      It’s an internal compliance logo, Paul. We use it to show that supplementary documents are fully compliant with the main principles. If you see it used anywhere else, it should be disregarded. There is no compliance testing or certification available at this point in time.
      Thanks for the important question!

  4. michael charleson says:

    This is a minor comment about the structure of the AEC (UK) BIM Protocols. The way in which the sections are numbered the same in all documents is very useful for cross referencing.

    It might be worthwhile putting a section called ‘Document Structure’ in the Introduction to explain why you have done this to ensure people don’t overlook it.

  5. Paul Rogers says:

    Can you advise when the specific VectorWorks supplement will be available?

  6. John Kellett says:

    Does the AEC (UK) BIM protocol v.2.0 comply with COBie, the UK Government required BIM standard?
    I understand that the IFC and ‘OpenBIM’ protocols do.

    • AEC (UK) Chair says:

      There is nothing in the AEC protocols which does or doesn’t comply with COBie. COBie is just an output format.

  7. Hey, I am writing my thesis on the BIM standards and as a part of survey, I found this blog. But to me, account from the ‘About’ is a bit unclear,I am still wondering what of your organization’s official name is, and relationship with the government, or RIBA. Would you answer my questions, please?

    • AEC (UK) Chair says:

      Our name is the AEC (UK) Committee. We are an independent collective of representatives from various design and construction practices. We have no official relationship with the government or RIBA.

  8. Alistair Clark says:

    Is there any intention of expanding the Supplimentary Protocols to include AutoCAD Civil 3D (and other Infrastructure based BIM software) for Infrastructure projects?

    • AEC (UK) Chair says:

      If we can find volunteers to add their experience and input, yes, we intend to include any supplements.

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