The BIM+ website is to sign a Memorandum of Understanding with the University of Nottingham at Ningbo, China, a leader in the drive to upskill Chinese and international professionals in BIM.
The head of the department of architecture and the built environment at Nottingham Ningbo is Professor Llewellyn Tang MCIOB, formerly a lecturer in construction management at the University of Reading.
Nottingham Ningbo is home to the new Digital City Infrastructure and Technology Innovation (D-CiTi) Lab, which supports the roll-out of Level 2 and 3 BIM globally, including standards, training, and implementation. For more on the D-Citi Lab, see our story here.
The centre and the university foresee an important role in supporting BIM education, consulting, R&D and implementation in China, which is working towards a target of the end of 2020 for major construction and design companies to deploy BIM.
Describing the MOU, professor Tang told BIM+:"This is a golden era for both the UK and China to take the development and implementation of BIM globally. Our team is excited to collaborate with BIM+ to take the lead on this mission."
Stephen Quirke, publisher of BIM + at Atom Publishing, said: "As a leading independent source of BIM content, BIM+ is further extending its reach in an important and growing market, delivering high quality editorial via a highly respected partner.
"We are keen to establish similar relationships in markets where BIM plays a key role in revolutionising the construction sector."
Under the terms of the MOU, Nottingham Ningbo and the D-CiTi Lab will be able to use all content on the BIM+ website for training, education or other purposes.
BIM+ will promote relevant articles and contributions on BIM related to China, and will also seek to highlight the idea of BIM professionals progressing their careers in China.
This will involve publishing information on training courses and the first UK masters course in geospatial engineering with BIM offered by Nottingham Ningbo, and also other professional opportunities in China.
The MOU will also help forge closer links between Nottingham Ningbo and the CIOB in China.