BIM conference aims to narrow search for hospital constructors

Credit: West Midlands Virtual Hospital
Credit: West Midlands Virtual Hospital

A Building Information Modelling education opportunity to be held in West Bromwich is aiming to educate firms that may potentially bid for a lucrative hospital contract in the region.

Today marks two weeks until Meet the Hospital Bidders – an event organised by Sandwell Metropolitan Borough and Birmingham City councils – will provide a platform for local business to learn all there is to know about BIM and how their company can benefit from it, most notably in the form of the £353 million Midland Metropolitan Hospital in Smethwick!

The conference’s commencement aligns with the launch of the West Midlands Virtual Hospital (WMVH), a digital procurement tool that will show how best to provide every element needed to successful run a 21st century hospitals, whether that be supplying components, services and technology.

One industry expert providing a seminar at Meet the Hospital Bidders is David Emery, Director of Architecture at design consultancy Virtechs. Emery believes that although rooted by technology, BIM is the perfect platform companies should utilise in order to strengthen their long-term business partnerships and relationships.

“Building Information Modelling is at the heart of the government’s 2011 Construction Strategy which seeks to drive down costs through innovation and collaboration”, said Emery. Far from being purely a technology, BIM is, first and foremost, a business process which – although it exploits technology – requires the building of long-term relationships and trust between businesses for their mutual benefit. By sharing data, businesses can have access to the information they need at the time they need it.”

Sandwell Council’s Cabinet Member for Jobs and Economy, Ian Jones believes BIM is the best way to engage construction companies in the West Midlands with technology and the future. He said: The West Midlands is a hotbed of manufacturing, construction and engineering talent, and we see BIM as a new and creative way to give our businesses a competitive advantage.

“We are keen to support the skills development of small companies with practical assistance to ensure they can meet the legislative requirements of becoming BIM-compliant by 2016.”

Meet the Hospital Bidders takes place on Thursday, October 9th, 2014. For additional quotes from Cllr Tahir Ali and more information regarding the conference, follow this link.

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