From email to BIM

In the past couple of weeks, I have delivered two presentations on BIM (building information modelling). The first was an overview of BIM to the Chartered Institute of Marketing’s Construction Industry Group (CIMCIG) at the Building Centre in London on  25 April. The second was yesterday to the Hertfordshire & Bedfordshire Constructing Excellence Club at AECOM’s office in St Albans, and was a slightly longer look at the recent development of construction collaboration technologies.

With the benefit of hindsight, I could perhaps have included a bit more in yesterday’s presentation about the take-up of BIM; several of the questions concerned adoption of BIM by regional contractors and small firms of consultancies. I urged people to look at the NBS National BIM Survey, published in February, which gave some indication of where BIM is being used, and also includes an excellent case study of how London-based small firm David Miller Architects has expanded as a result of its adoption of BIM (I recently interviewed David for a client case study). The UK pan-industry BIM Task Group website is also a useful source of information.

BIM research

I have been contacted by Malik Ayyaz (on behalf of Dr Kirti Ruikar and Professor Stephen Emmitt) of the school of Civil and Building Engineering, University of Loughborough regarding a research study to identify the impact of BIM on business processes of construction organisations. An online survey is being conducted so please help out if you can (a response should take no more than about 10-15 minutes) by accessing the survey at

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