As part of his recent tour of China, Prince William visited the GREAT Festival of Creativity in Shanghai, where he was given a demonstration of BIM by NBS, the RIBA Enterprises company currently developing the Level 2 Digital Plan of Work.
In response to the run through the Prince apparently described the modelling technology as “really cool”.
According to Richard Waterhouse, chief executive of RIBA Enterprises, the Prince approved of the technology: “It was a real honour to be able to show our work to Prince William on his tour of the event. He clearly enjoyed the experience of viewing 3D models and instantly understood the benefits of BIM for the UK construction industry,” he said.
NBS was attending the event to promote what the UK has to offer to China and the rest of the world through creative leadership. Waterhouse explains: “We were invited because of the innovative work we’re doing in digital construction, especially the BIM Toolkit and the NBS National BIM Library.”
Just given Prince William a #BIM demo at the GREAT Festival of Creativity in Shanghai ‘Thats really cool’ was the response
— Richard Waterhouse (@rpwaterhouse) March 3, 2015
“The GREAT Festival of Creativity also supports the UK–China relationship,” he continued. “We look forward to developing closer links with Chinese developers and manufacturers targeting the UK and helping them to structure their information for BIM. Equally, through stronger links with the companies we’ve met in Shanghai, we’ll be able to help UK manufacturers looking to support customers in China.”
Paul Swaddle, NBS business solutions consultant, who was also attending the trade event, highlighted the potential for BIM skills exported from the UK to be used in China. “The UK government has shown its desire for Digital Built Britain and demonstrated the benefits of BIM innovation through the BIM Toolkit project,” he said.
“NBS can be instrumental in providing China with the foundations of consistent data, quality assurance and information management as they begin to digitize their construction processes.”