Technological development is a fast changing environment, one that is difficult to manage without the sufficient skill set. BSRIA’s quarterly consultant survey regularly finds that the industry, particularly smaller SMEs are struggling to grasp the meaning of BIM and how it will affect them, respondents report that one of the main reasons for this is the lack of relevant skills needed for undertaking BIM.
BIM is clearly a big part of the future of the Built Environment particularly as the government leads with its own target to have all centrally procured projects achieve Level 2 BIM by 2016. With this looming target and the wider industry trying to come to terms with BIM it’s clear that the skills shortage needs to be addressed.
The Construction Industry Council (CIC) BIM 2050 group is a prime example of how the industry is bringing together people who want to focus on technology and creating a digital built environment.
BSRIA’s Dr Sarah Birchall who is also a member of the CIC BIM 2050 Group explains what the group is about and how it aims to help improve the future of the built environment…
CIC BIM 2050 group strives to develop a culture which enables an open, digitally integrated approach to positively impact our future built environment.
Background to BIM 2050 Group
The first BIM2050 Group was set up by the CIC in September 2012 and was chaired by David Philp, at the time Head of the then BIM Implementation Group at the Cabinet Office. The group was refreshed in 2015 and is now chaired by the former vice chair Neil Thompson, UK Head of Digital Research & Innovation at Balfour Beatty plc.
The previous group’s report Built Environment 2050: A Report on our Digital Future can be downloaded from www.bimtaskgroup.org/bim2050-group/.
So who are the BIM 2050 Group?
The BIM 2050 group consists of a collection of industry young professionals, from architects, engineers and contractors, to legal professionals and surveyors, each representing their respective professional institutions.
Vision and scope