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Crossrail chief urges collective future vision

Crossrail chief executive Andrew Wolstenholme has urged contractors to work together towards a vision of the industry’s future, as a report set out some priorities.

The BIM2050 Group, chaired by UK BIM Task Group head of BIM David Philp, this week published a collection of essays into the industry’s future evolution.

Built Environment 2050:  A Report on our Digital Future set out nine areas where bodies in the construction industry needed to make sure they were up to speed.

At a Construction Industry Council conference timed to coincide with the report, Wolstenholme urged those in the sector to tackle the issue collaboratively.

“It’s really important that the industry indulges in opportunities like this to think about where we need to get to”, he said.

“How do the different parts of the industry, many of whom are world class, leverage output as an industry, not just the individual companies?

“What we’re trying to do at Crossrail is to link the vertical-ness of our supply chains, right across from government funding departments to universities, in order to contribute to this industry issue of going towards a digital economy.”

The BIM2050 Group report said: “Globalisation has enabled cultures to blend, so too will skills between sectors.

“The mobility of skills in sectors and geographies will be supported by smart cities, integrated infrastructure, nano-second procurement and mobile capital.”

Other key topics included ‘Are you thinking about integrated infrastructure?’ and ‘Will your organisation be secure against cyber attack?’

Philp said: “The digital economy is fundamentally transforming the way we live and work and the UK construction industry will not be immune.

“It is essential that organisations, academia and individuals are prepared to adjust to potentially radical changes.

“They must question if they are moving quickly enough to make the necessary adaptations, which are often complex.”

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