2014 has been celebrated and 2015 speculated in the latest edition of Irish Building Magazine, which features a wide array of BIM-related content concerning big names such as Arup, Autodesk, CITB and Exactal.
As always, the Ireland-centric magazine provides tremendous insight into the Building Information Modelling world and the first issue of the new year features spotlight on an Arup project and Topcon product, a look back at a CITB event held in November plus interviews with staff at Autodesk and Exactal.
Autodesk’s Tom Edmonds, Sales Manager for Northern Europe, discussed Autodesk’s new ‘software as a service’ (SAAS) initiative, which is making a big impact enabling small businesses to get off the ground with BIM.
“It is a very affordable approach for a small company,” explained Edmonds. “BIM software is making a big difference to those specialist companies that increasingly play a vital role in delivering a project.
“With these collaboration tools, they can more easily make their contribution to the design, engineering or delivery of a project.”
Elsewhere in the publication, Exactal’s Director for UK & Europe, Simon Lovegrove discusses positive and negative outcomes that have come from the UK Government’s BIM mandate, and also whether Ireland could learn from it.
“The Irish market would benefit from a similar body or forum of key stakeholders to implement a whole-of-industry approach to BIM. On the other hand, the UK BIM environment is quite formalised and there is a lack of practical, day-to-day procedural advice which would assist SMEs in particular to engage with BIM.”