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Tuesday22 August 2017

Britain must continue to lead on bim, urges government

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Chief construction adviser said UK needs to “keep up with China”

Britain cannot afford to take its foot off the gas if it is to remain globally competitive in building information modelling, the government’s chief construction adviser Peter Hansford said this week.

China and other countries are snapping at the heels of UK PLC Hansford said at the launch of the BIM 2050 Group at the Building Centre on Wednesday.

The group is a collection of young architects, engineers and other construction professionals who have been tasked by the government with helping steer Britain to bim level 2 in 2016 – and beyond.

Britain had come from nowhere to become one of the leading exponents of bim, second only to Finland, Hansford said.

“The UK is recognised as having the most advanced and ambitious bim strategy. It’s a key agent for economic growth in both domestic and overseas markets and will enhance the global image of UK designers,” he said.

“But we need to keep up with China. We have to keep communicating the importance of bim to the industry to keep ahead. It’s quite a challenge.”

His views were echoed by David Philp, head of bim implementation at the Cabinet Office and chair of the BIM 2050 Group,

He said: “Bim is front and centre around the globe and we must make sure the UK has the bim knowhow that will secure growth and investment.

“Our industry is changing rapidly and we need to take hold of the future before the future takes hold of us. History is littered with the graveyards of failed visions and technology.

“Bim doesn’t just affect economics but offers a new way of working and we need to adopt this new digitally enabled culture of radical openness and cooperation.”

The meeting heard from several members of the BIM 2050 Group.

Architect Stefan Mordue of the NBS, part of the RIBA, said the construction industry faced a perception problem and a skills gap since most of today’s construction jobs will be unrecognisable by 2050.

“Now is the time to adapt. Unless we start to change, the future of our industry will be uncertain,” he said.

“Our careers will be winding down in 2050 but we want to leave the industry in better shape.”

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  • I'd prefer it if everyone would always calpitalise BIM - it is after all an abbreviation like RIBA, RSPCA and AA

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