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UK construction aims to lead the world with BIM

Britain’s construction sector must continue to drive forward with investment in Building Information Modelling (BIM) technology if it is to maintain its global leadership role and boost growth, chief construction advisor Peter Hansford said last week.

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At the launch of the new government-backed BIM 2050 working group, Hansford also pointed out that investment in BIM would be central to his forthcoming 10 year industry vision. He said it was crucial to the creation of a modern industry that the brightest young professionals want to join.

“We must ensure that we continue to be at the vanguard of this opportunity,” said Hansford, pointing out that the new BIM 2050 group would be critical to shaping the development of BIM and therefore of the industry.

“What will job profiles be in the future? What will be the technologies? What is the future for BIM?” he asked. “I think it is a very exciting moment and we must start planning today.

The 18 strong BIM 2050 group comprises young professionals drawn from all sectors of the industry including design and consultancy, contractors and institutions.

It is chaired by David Philp, newly appointed head of BIM at Mace and, for the last two years, seconded to the Cabinet Office efficiency and reform group as head of BIM implementation.

The BIM 2050 group’s remit is as much about the change that BIM is catalysing in the industry as it is about the technology, the launch meeting was told.

“The digital toolset we now have at our disposal allows us to design buildings in different ways and have a more collaborative and informed approach,” said group member, Rebecca De Cicco, a technical associate at KSS Design Group.

“Our knowledge and viewpoint is filtered through an upbringing that embraced and acknowledged how the digital influences in the modern world began and have evolved,” she added.

“This shifted our perceptions and allowed us to become a generation fuelled by this change culture that will challenge a tired industry.”

The launch last week at London’s Building Centre was jointly sponsored by NCE and Royal Institute of British Architects standards body National Building Specification

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