BIM+ round table debate for April’s CM: watch advance preview on YouTube

A round-table debate on the issues surrounding BIM adoption in the weeks before the central government mandate covered the “concealed” profits being delivered for some contractors, whether clients actually want COBie data, and why no two Level 2 projects ever look the same.

Highlights from the debate will feature in the April edition of Construction Manager, which will also include the results of our online BIM survey in a BIM-themed issue. 

BIM+ is also compiling a report on clients’ attitudes to BIM, based on 20 in-depth telephone interviews, which will be available as a downloadable pdf on 4 April. Together, the survey and research have polled the views of over 100 construction clients. 

A high-calibre panel for the round-table included Balfour Beatty BIM director Peter Trebilcock, Arcadis head of strategic research and insight Simon Rawlinson (pictured far left), and Francis Ho, partner at law firm Olswang, (pictured second from left) which also hosted the event.

Martin Chambers PPCIOB represented SME contractors, while Willmott Dixon BIM manager Jill Guthrie and Martin Howe of SES Engineering Services (pictured far right) represented the mid-tier contractors and specialists respectively.

David Jellings of Solibri and Jason Ruddle of Elecosoft spoke for software vendors, and Bill Wright (third from left) of the Electrical Contractors Association joined Chris Chivers PCIOB and Eddie Tuttle, senior policy manager at the CIOB.

The panellists looked at BIM’s patchiness in the UK compared to the US, the rising cyber security threats and why some contractors and consultants were still charging clients more for BIM.

The panellists each tackled one question linked to BIM adoption in 10 concise video interviews, including:

Peter Trebilcock comparing the patchiness of BIM delivery and BIM skills in the UK to what he experienced on a recent trip to the US.

David Jellings on the doubts surrounding the BIM Task Group’s so-called “stretch challenge” on validation.

Martin Chambers PPCIOB on the two-speed marketplace for BIM between the public and the private sector.

Jill Guthrie on supply chain BIM capability

Jason Ruddle of Elecosoft on software interoperability and affordability.

Martin Howe of SES Engineering Services on whether BIM is delivering profits and productivity improvements.

For a final chance to complete the 5-minute online survey – and contribute your views on the real state of BIM in 2016 – please click here.

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  1. Interesting that BIM+ leads with 4 videos of white middle aged professionals! Exactly the sort of image we want to present to women, minorities and the Milllenials.

    I really do wonder whether anyone is listening out there!

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