AR and wearable tech to improve construction site safety Augmented reality is being used by Skanska in their training. By using 1:1 scale virtual reality for onsite training they are able to simulate dangerous scenarios that would not be possible at a real physical training grounds. In California, start-up Lightform has developed a new type of […]

A year has passed since the government BIM level 2 mandate came into force and the UK is seeing world leading development being done in the area of BIM. Yet since the level 2 Mandate, Brexit fears have exacerbated the skills gap faced by the industry, as well as impacted on the costs of materials. […]

Three construction industry bodies, BESA, CIBSE and The CPA, have all come together to clear up confusion over the process of standardising product information in BIM. All three have agreed on the respective roles of the ‘LEXiCON’ and ‘BIMHawk’ tools in developing standardised product data parameters and structure. This should now resolve the confusion over […]

A roadmap for digital construction The UK BIM Alliance launched during the recent Construction Week, replacing the BIM Task Group, it aims to provide a reference point for firms involved in the built environment to implement BIM, particularly the adoption of Level 2. As part of this launch the chair of the UK BIM Alliance presented […]

Ian Chapman, director of the NBS National BIM Library, asks when it comes to BIM, what stage are construction product manufacturers at? And where would you place your business? Ian argues that the early adopters have already answered many questions, so we should learn from their experience and understand the pitfalls and benefits of adoption. […]

BIM promises to deliver better collaborative working. This month’s BIM update provides some news items that summarise progress towards this goal. At the end of June BIM4M2 invited trade associations to a briefing about BIM, LEXiCON and the BRE Template tool. The aim of the day was for trade associations to learn how manufacturers can […]

Using data collaboratively to improve the construction process Data rather than 3D objects is key to BIM, Steve Thompson explains what he means by this and the role of Product Data in his EcoBuild presentation, which has now been published on YouTube. And Richard Shennan, of Mott MacDonald says with the spread of BIM skills, […]

When marketing construction products, the focus is often on benefits of price. Yet there are many influences on construction product selection. With demand for a product influenced not just by its performance but by how it interacts with external forces. Recently KPMG reported that the value of the UK government construction pipeline has grown by […]

Housebuilding Initiatives At the beginning of the year government announced radical plans to fast-track construction of affordable homes on publicly owned land. The policy is aimed at helping to deliver the commitment to create 200,000 starter homes over the next 5 years. The government says this policy will lead to homes being built at a […]

A new initiative has been created to provide consistent product data templates. This initiative is supported by the Construction Products Association (CPA), BIM4M2, the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE) and NBS. The initiative will enable manufacturers to prepare their product information ready for the Government’s April 2016 BIM deadline. To help understand the needs of […]