The UK Government’s 2016 BIM mandate enforces that all public sector construction projects must have implemented a Level 2 Building Information Modelling process. Has this deadline caused a rise in employment for the BIM-skilled?
Due to the majority of active AEC professionals being currently older in age, many in the industry are slow to adopt BIM or are hesitant or unsure about the benefits it can provide. Due to these factors, many in the industry are lacking in the BIM skills required, meaning their companies could be potentially missing out on very lucrative contracts.
Construction News has took a more in-depth look at the recruitment side of the AEC sector to see how firms are getting BIM ready. Are they hiring up-and-coming professionals who have been trained since the start to use BIM software or are they simply retraining their current staff to get ready for 2016? On the flipside, are they even listening and hiring anyone at all?
The report speaks with ISG‘s Director Phil Brown who says that his corporation are mostly re-training current staff yet are hiring new managerial staff to help manage their increased workload due to an increase in BIM contracts that they have won.
Malcolm Stagg, Head of BIM at Skanska UK also commented. He said: “We’re recruiting at all levels. This includes operational BIM co-ordinators, through to BIM managers who take a more strategic view, together with high-level, very specialised information managers.”
Although most of the industry are making sure their workforce are savvy with the BIM basics, those who have a deep understanding of more complex processes such as data drops and management of data to meet the needs of clients are lacking. Regarding this, Balfour Beatty‘s Peter Trebilcock stated: “They need numeracy literacy with Excel – they do not have to be BIM modellers or 3D fly-through specialists or designers to do that, but it helps to understand the context of the information.
“I think the step-change will come mid-next year onwards as more of those projects [come forward] and contractors develop their expertise in expediting them.”
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How are your company getting prepared for an influx of BIM projects? Is extra employment or extra training the way forward for you?