Bowman Riley Architects: We must “clearly and simply articulate” where BIM fits

Credit: Bowman Riley Architects
Credit: Bowman Riley Architects

The Director at Bowman Riley Architects, an architecture practice based in Leeds, United Kingdom, has called for the Building Information Modelling industry to “start contextualising the BIM process with clients and getting construction professionals to understand its position, role and benefits the process brings”.

Karl Redmond wrote down his thoughts on BIM for Carbon Saver UK following the announcement of Digital Built Britain, The UK Government’s ‘strategic plan’ for Level 3 BIM adoption.

“The BIM process has the potential to act as a catalyst within the broader built environment agenda and help the property sector find its place on any executive board,” explained Redmond. “However, this will only be the case if we can clearly and simply articulate where the process fits and what it can bring to those who control the purse strings, public or private.

Bowman Riley’s Director believes allowing SMEs to thrive will have to be a strength of the Government’s Level 3 BIM strategy for it to work as well as it can: “I sincerely hope the BIM agenda and its potential as a catalyst for change in all the areas mentioned above can bridge the gap between the creative SME community and the client. Once the BIM process takes hold, as part of a broader business system, it may lead to changes in the issues we have seen in the industry, highlighted earlier, especially in the area of procurement and the embedded processes being clung to by those who profit the most from current procurement practices.”

According to Redmond, promotion of all of BIM’s benefits is another key factor in ensuring the UK capitalises as a world leader in regards to BIM. He elaborated: “The sooner we all start contextualising the BIM process with clients and getting construction professionals to understand its position, role and benefits the process brings, as well as the rich data it creates, the sooner we will see real energy, enthusiasm and buy-in by clients and construction professionals.”

Click here to read Redmond’s entire passage.

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