A recent discussion on Twitter involving Bond Bryan Architects speculates on ‘how much money is being wasted by manufacturers creating pointless BIM objects’. Vital reading for any manufacturer is our new impartial research into Adoption of BIM by Architects 2015 priced at £350 + VAT. The report indicates how architects are implementing BIM, their requirements in terms of proprietary software, COBie, Product Data Templates and the use of Industry Foundation Classes (IFC). There is also feedback on the stage of the design process that they change from placeholder to manufacturer object. The release of this new research is covered by BIMCrunch, ConstructUK and Voltimum and previewed in an article How do Manufacturers support BIM?

BIM4M2 group would appreciate your feedback on how you are responding to the BIM challenge. Please complete the group’s online survey. In appreciation you will get a discount code for £45 off the purchase price of Competitive Advantage’s latest report ‘Adoption of BIM by Architects’.

RIBA Insight discuss The NBS BIM Object Standard and how it can affect manufacturers and help them promote their products as BIM objects to the widest possible specifier audience. They also provide advice on how to Align your product information to Level 2 BIM in five easy (and free) steps using a Product Data Template.

As the deadline for the use of level 2 BIM approaches, fewer than 1 in 6 firms in the building services sector are ‘fully ready’ to use BIM on projects, according to new survey findings by the Electrical Contractors Association. Yet the UK is sited as a world leader in the adoption of BIM in a whitepaper by ITCon called A review of the efforts and roles of the public sector for BIM adoption worldwide. The paper reviews and analyses the efforts taken by the public sector for BIM adoption in different countries worldwide. For further global insight into BIM adoption see the new report Building Information Modelling (BIM) Market – Global Industry Analysis, Size, Share, Growth, Trends and Forecast 2014 – 2020.

The NBS have published a video in which Dr Stephen Hamil, NBS Director of Design and Innovation, discusses how NBS Create and the NBS National BIM Library can be used to maximise the benefits of BIM. The NBS have published the BIM Management Handbook, providing an authoritative and practical road map for those implementing and managing BIM workflows. An extract from the book on Aligning your BIM strategy with your client’s asset management strategy, has also been published.

As the first event in their BIM series the University of Westminster hosted a Twitter storm asking ‘What should be the priorities for adopting BIM within an AEC organisation?’ A Storify has been created for all of the questions, answers and a summary of the event. ThinkBIM hosted the event Risk Free BIM at the beginning of November. The event looked at how to reduce the risk on projects using BIM. If you missed the event a Storify has been made giving an overview of the presentations and events during the day. All food for thought for the manufacturer looking to support the specifier.

For inspiration and insight into how BIM is being used for real projects Professor Andrew McNaughton, Technical Director of High Speed Two, goes through how BIM is used as the foundation for the High Speed Two project in his video for The B1M. The “Options Appraisal” report detailing a range of scenarios for carrying out a major restoration and renewal programme for the Palace of Westminster contains details on the use of a BIM framework and the advantages it could bring to the project. Finally Graham H Stewart, Head of BIM at Ramboll UK, goes through the practical application of BIM in his SlideShare presentation from the Scottish Construction Convention.

Adoption of BIM by Architects 2015 – This report will inform your BIM strategy so that you can provide effective technical support and engage with architects. The report cost just £350 + VAT find out more


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