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UK BIM Alliance and buildingSMART to merge

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The merging of two key BIM networks in the UK will provide a broader reach and help speed uptake of the digital process, it is claimed.

An announcement that the UK BIM Alliance and buildingSMART UKI chapter have agreed to merge was made at the recent buildingSMART summit.

“Shared common goals and the intention of both parties to work towards a digital built industry makes this the ideal time to collaborate and deliver the needs of the industry today and for the future,” Anne Kemp, chair UK BIM Alliance.

Engagement lead at BIM Alliance, John Eynon, said: “It makes a great deal of sense for the two organisations to work together.”

The UK BIM Alliance was set up in October 2016 following the UK government’s challenge to industry to support the implementation of BIM Level 2. It has been established as a not-for-profit, collaboratively based organisation bringing together a wide community of interest, including BIM4 interest groups and BIM Regions, and other industry organisations.

Founded in 1995 buildingSMART has evolved to meet the demands of the building and infrastructure sectors. buildingSMART is the worldwide authority driving the transformation of the built asset economy through the creation and adoption of open international standards.

UK BIM Alliance will act as the umbrella organisation for buildingSMART UK & Ireland, thereby becoming the UKI Chapter of buildingSMART.

A memorandum of agreement has been agreed by both parties with further, more detailed discussions taking place with a plan to have complete integration by the end of the year.