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  • Sector: Education - Schools and Academies
  • Client (appointing party): Department for Education
  • Commission Period: December 2021-March 2022
  • Framework Value: £7billion


The commission for this project emerged out of Bond Bryan Digital’s work on the Department for Education’s Gen Zero project. On Gen Zero, Bond Bryan Digital worked with the DfE to develop a framework of information management resources fully aligned to the UK BIM Framework and the ISO19650 suite of standards.


As these resources were based on withdrawn UK standards, Bond Bryan Digital was commissioned to update them so they would to be available for their next major framework launching in late 2021. This included the development of the Exchange Information Requirements, Project’s Information Standard and Project’s Information Production Methods and Procedures.


To deliver the project Bond Bryan Digital went back to first principles to develop the right approach for the client. The reality was, like with many clients, the DfE had a lot of information requirements already documented and described across their existing employer’s requirement documentation. However, the information requirements were embedded in PDFs making it difficult to identify a complete and comprehensive list to deliver all these across all their projects. This was an issue for both the DfE to identify potentially missing information requirements and for contractors and the supply chain to understand the information deliverables. Much of Bond Bryan Digital’s role therefore involved extracting information requirements from existing documentation to incorporate it into a more structured approach.


The new structured format, described in the Department for Education’s Detailed Exchange Information Requirements, provides tables that can be filtered depending on how the user needs to use the information. For example, the requirements can be filtered by different information exchange points or filtered by the party required to deliver specific types of information. The information requirements include clearly identified purposes for each piece of information requested supporting a key concept described by the ISO19650 suite of standards.


Bond Bryan Digital delivered several presentations and conducted a series of workshops with a variety of the Department’s stakeholders to build up an extensive list of information requirements that would satisfy current legislation and deliver the information for the DfE to make decisions at key points in their projects.


For the complete commission, Bond Bryan Digital developed the following information management resources:


  • Department for Education’s Exchange Information Requirements (DOCX/PDF)
  • Department for Education’s Detailed Exchange Information Requirements (XLSX)
  • Project’s Information Standard Template (DOCX)
  • Project’s Information Production Methods and Procedures Template (DOCX)
  • Project’s Information Protocol Template (DOCX)


The information management resources were developed using traditional methods to allow them to be used by all parties across the framework. However, Bond Bryan Digital very much considered how a structured approach to these resources could enable the DfE to move these resources to an information management platform in the future if needed. This approach also allowed contractors and their supply chains to use the DfE’s information management resources in their own databases during the life of the framework.


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The information management resources were designed to support all projects delivered as part of the DfE Construction Framework 2021. The resources were designed to work across a range of different procurement methods that the Department for Education employs. This involved including a complex set of filters to allow the Exchange Information Requirements to be project specific.


To provide consistency across all projects, Bond Bryan Digital assisted the DfE to develop and include a scope for the appointing party information management function which was performed by their Technical Advisor at the outset of the project. The resources were colour coded to enable the Technical Advisor to identify the information required to be completed at different information management phases of the project.


The Department for Education’s information management resources are now being released on projects to be delivered by contractors. This will begin to provide useful feedback to the Department for Education to continue to improve and evolve their approach to best practice information management.


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“Our experience of working with Bond Bryan Digital has been very positive and they have used a ‘jargon-free’ approach to discussing our requirements. As well as completing a detailed audit of our resources, Bond Bryan Digital led a series of ‘discovery’ workshops with a range of stakeholders from across the organisation and synthesised this into an accessible, yet detailed, report on our organisational maturity compared to ISO19650 standards for Information Management.”


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“Kier work closely with Bond Bryan Digital on a variety of fronts, they are very knowledgeable, productive and collaborative, bringing value for our organisation and clients through better information management.”

Kier Strategic Projects

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