Today saw a #BIM4M2chat considering Is BIM right for me? If you missed the opportunity to ask your questions then join the BIM4M2 LinkedIn Group or attend the seminar BIM for manufacturers – help with the journey on the 28th July in London. This seminar, organised by BIM4M2, The CPA and CIMCIG aims to provide an impartial perspective on progress with BIM implementation and to address any specific issues relevant to manufacturers who already have BIM or who may be considering it.

Why are so few companies gaining BIM accreditation? A number of BIM thought leaders, in an article for the CIOB, explore the reasons behind this and how meaningful and desirable it actually is to be accredited. Matt Crunden Training and BIM Manager at Legrand and member of the BIM4M2 Working Group provides guidance on BIM and COBie: Singing from the same spreadsheet.

Last month, Su Butcher of Just Practising, attended the first BIM4SME Awards and ran a live blog of the event. Su has also written an overview of the awards and why they are so important; this overview includes the key messages of the evening and a list of all the award winners. In their blog, Barbour Product Search, explore how SMEs can benefit from BIM. They discuss the costs and hurdles SMEs must overcome when considering the investment in BIM to gain maximum benefit from it.

With the BIM Level 2 deadline fast approaching for the industry, David Philp, Head of BIM for the BIM Task Group and BIM director EMEA for AECOM, presented a BIM Level 2-3 update at BIMnet in June. In his update David talks about looking beyond BIM level 2, describing BIM Level 3 and the new challenges the government’s Digital Built Britain Strategy will present.

The 3D Perspectives blog provides an excerpt from the paper, “Industrialization of the Construction Industry,” by Dr. Perry Daneshgari and  Dr. Heather Moore of  MCA Inc. It provides ideas on how Construction can learn from manufacturing.

Premises and Facilities Management (PFM) Magazine have interviewed the teams involved with the Birmingham City University BIM project explaining how BIM was used on the project and its importance. Craig Sewell explores BIM projects and the role of the manufacturer by giving the key points from their article and explaining the implications for manufacturers.

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