Interview with Tim Platts

Tim has over 35 years construction industry and supply chain experience and is also an advocate for BIM. This is most prevalent in his official role as Chair of the BIM4SMEs Group – set up by the Government’s BIM Task Group and endorsed by the Cabinet Office. Tim is also director of TP Professional Services, an independent consultancy providing procurement, project management and supply chain solutions to the built environment – in particular contractors and consultants. 








Name: Tim Platts

Company & role: Chair of the BIM4SME group set up by the Govt’s BIM implementation team and endorsed by Cabinet Office, and director at TPPS.

Employee numbers: Our membership via linkedIN is currently around 200, we have a core group which is organic but there are around 10-12 core group members.

Were you involved in the decision-making stage when your company chose to implement BIM? Yes.

How did your company make the transition in adopting BIM practices – have you had to change any internal processes or culture? Yes.

Can you identify some key projects the business has executed with BIM so far? TPPS’ work has led to its clients securing a number of key BIM projects in the accommodation sector in London, whilst others are using TPPS to mentor themselves through the initial steps to BIM on projects and elsewhere engage TPPS on their BIM steering groups. In BIM4SME we are seeking to capture these projects using Constructing Excellence’s case study template.

What benefits are coming out of using BIM on these projects? Work winning / productivity improvements / asset data.

Who do you think should be the primary driver in the BIM implementation process? Client.

What do you feel are the critical factors in successful implementation of BIM? Taking a deep breath and having a sense check at key points throughout the process.

Has the adoption of BIM changed the design process and, if so, in what way? It shouldn’t change it per se but the way in which information is provided, the level of detail and the way this is used to a) procure and b) operate a building must be realigned as traditional process are inappropriate and insufficient.

Have you any future trend predictions for BIM? Yes – the impact of the next election!

Biggest BIM-related challenge to date? Nailing the value proposition across all sectors and articulating this in a single vision.

Biggest business lesson learned to date? Don’t be driven by the technology, work out what business improvements you desire and then formulate a BIM plan that can deliver these.

Your house is on fire ­ which three material items do you grab? Watch collection, laptop, guitars.

Where do you see BIM in ten years time? Hopefully it will have been forgotten about as we should all be working digitally.

In another life, which career path would you have pursued? Teaching.