BIM’s focus on early engagement aims to enhance the quality of the built environment by supporting collaborative working throughout project delivery. In this article, Steve Squire from Sika Major Projects (SMP) asks whether extending that culture across all projects could help to streamline specification and procurement, reduce cost-based value engineering and improve the quality, functionality and lifecycle of completed buildings.


Historically, Steve argues, architects have often specified building products based on successful similar projects rather than considering how they can streamline the procurement process and achieve a best fit specification by working with the supply chain.

BIM has been the catalyst for a change in this approach and, Steve argues, all delivery partners must now harness this culture change across BIM and non-BIM schemes to drive integrated specification with single source technical specification and support, joined up procurement and consistent quality assurance throughout the lifecycle of the project and the building.


This article will discuss the benefits of early engagement with the supply chain and examine how this can underpin optimisation of materials, reduction of construction waste, risk minimisation, quality assurance and buildability.