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Piling federation promotes BIM benefits to members

The Federation of Piling Specialists (FPS) is aiming to promote the benefits of Building Information Modelling (BIM) to the foundations industry through formation of a new working group focused on the technology.

“The construction sector as a whole is often accused of being slow to adopt BIM technology, but certainly within the FPS there is a drive to change,” said FPS chairman of the technical committee Mark Pennington.

“BIM is a transformative industry technology, which is why the FPS has established a BIM working group. This group, which will lead the FPS’ programme of BIM activity, will bring together members with and without direct BIM experience to develop a joint framework and schedule of guidance, as well start the process of compiling a basic library of images and associated data for use by both members and members’ clients.”

The working group was formed following presentations by a number of BIM specialists including Bam Nuttall head of BIM Ivor Barbrook and Skanska head of BIM Malcolm Stagg which helped to highlight the differing views of BIM, its benefits and the pitfalls of approaching it without a clear and coordinated plan.

“FPS members are at different stages on their BIM journey, and the BIM working group aims to provide guidance and examples to members, clients and the supply chain of the benefits and advantages that can be realised adopting BIM. The importance and value of BIM cannot be underestimated and the FPS is committed to helping its members adopt this new technology and take advantage of the benefits it brings.”

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