Barbour Product Search & BIM4M2’s Twitter chat: The key points

Credit: Barbour Product Search
Credit: Barbour Product Search

This afternoon (February 3rd, 2015), Barbour Product Search held an exclusive Twitter interview with BIM for Manufacturers (BIM4M2) Chairman, Steve Thompson to discuss a wide variety of topics including more information about the industry group, manufacturers wishing to offer a range of BIM products, reasons as to why the BIM sector may seem difficult to transition into and more.

We took part in the chat, which can be followed at #BIM4M2chat, and below, we will bring you the highlights from the conversation.

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Firstly, we wanted to ask Steve a question relating to one of the biggest talking points to come from the recent BIM4M2 survey, which questioned manufacturers on their Building Information Modelling-related behaviour. In the results, it was deemed that 40% of respondents had already invested in BIM, with 50% to do so in 2015.

However, 10% said that they had no plans to invest in BIM, despite potential feedback from clients or publicity surrounding the benefits and the UK Government’s 2016 mandate. We questioned Thompson on what he would say to those refusing to get on board with BIM. He teased that BIM4M2 are to release a tool that will help manufacturers “understand the impact [of BIM] on their business.

Elsewhere in the survey results, it was apparent that Autodesk Revit and GRAPHISOFT ArchiCAD were the most commonly utilised BIM software tools. We asked Steve, who is also BIM Programme Manager with Tata Steel, if he thought other software platforms may become increasingly popular. He noted that different tools cater for different types of project and as long as the data is structured correctly, personal preference will prevail.

Finally, we spoke to Steve regarding manufacturers wishing to have their products available in a BIM format. He suggested that creating objects in-house and using a third-party content creation source were not better or worse than one another, yet structuring data internally is important.

Another interesting question was raised from Pentair‘s Robert Boland. He asked Thompson to list three pieces of advice he would have for manufacturers getting into BIM.

For those wishing to catch up on the Q&A, BIM4M2 Promotions Group member, Su Butcher has created a Storify tweet round-up, which can be viewed here.

For more on Barbour Product Search or BIM4M2, click the aforementioned company names to take you to their official websites.

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