The AEC (UK) Initiative was formed in 2000 to improve the process of design information production, management and exchange. Initially the initiative addressed CAD layering conventions as the primary concern for users of design data. As design needs and technology has developed, the initiative has expanded to cover other aspects of design data production and information exchange.
The committee was re-formed in 2009, including new members from companies and consultancies highly experienced in BIM software and implementation, to address the growing need within the UK AEC industry for application of UK standards in a unified, practical & pragmatic manner within a design environment.The group has representatives from architectural, engineering and construction companies in the UK, large and small, hence the adoption of the AEC (UK) moniker. The BIM committee is working together to realise a unified, usable, co-ordinated approach to Building Information Modelling in a project environment.
The AEC (UK) BIM Protocol was first released in November 2009.
It is important to note that this guide will only become truly useful if as many companies adopt it as possible. To that extent it may be freely distributed and used in any format necessary, provided that extracts or any reproductions in whole or in part are credited as being reproduced from the original AEC (UK) source documents.