Company Spotlight: Project Five

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Credit: Project Five

Company Spotlight does exactly what it says on the proverbial tin. Learn all about the history, BIM journey and latest Building Information Modelling developments of some of the industry’s most-recognised names. Project Five Consulting are in the spotlight today. Whether it be holding BIM training masterclasses or helping you understand how your business could benefit from BIM, the Project Five team are the construction consultancy you need.

Project Five Consulting and its people are fast becoming known as the thought leaders for Building Information Modelling. With an extensive track record of support provided to industry, Project Five enables organisations to understand BIM and to challenge current ways of working to realise its full potential.

The team have been supporting the construction supply chain in its understanding and adoption of BIM since 2012 and as the March 2016 deadline approaches the demand for the industry has never been greater. Project Five has an established strong track record developing and delivering BIM training and knowledge transfer across England and Wales in partnership with a range of industry and academic organisations.

Managing Director, Tim Whitehill said: “It feels like a long time since the publication of the UK Government’s Construction Strategy in 2011 and the introduction of the mandate to meet the target of BIM Level 2 Maturity by March 2016.

“The industry has come a long way since 2011 in its understanding and awareness of BIM – what it is, what it can help us achieve and what BIM is not! Recent research has shown that awareness of BIM has soared across all levels of the supply chain. Intelligence from NFB and the NBS, for example, indicates a significant shift in the understanding of BIM over the last four years.

“This reflects the huge effort that has gone into raising the awareness of BIM among the construction sector and Project Five has been fortunate to be at the forefront of this. Our work on the NFB BIM Early Adoption Programme, the FutureFit Programme working with SMEs in South East England and the Built Environment Sustainability Training BIM programme in partnership with Cardiff University to support the supply chain in Wales has given us a unique insight into the way in which sector is moving towards 2016.”

Future Fit Assets Programme

As a project partner of this ERDF funded programme, Project Five have been lead delivery partner providing BIM support to SME’s in the construction supply chain in the south east of England. Working with architects, specialist designers, main contractors, sub-contractors and manufacturers Project Five has developed an excellent understanding of the specific needs of different tiers of the construction supply chain.

National Federation of Builders BIM Early Adopters Programme

Now in its third phase, since 2012, members of the Project Five team have been working on the NFB’s CITB-funded BIM Early Adoption Programme. As the NFB’s preferred delivery partner, Project Five has developed an online BIM diagnostic, a webinar programme, action learning groups, 1-2-1 BIM maturity assessment, the BIM Champion Programme and an intensive BIM Exemplar Programme. The programme has also featured in-depth client engagement to give Project Five a unique understanding of how the market is approaching the adoption of BIM.

Built Environment Sustainability Training Programme

As the appointed delivery partner for all of the programme’s accredited BIM training, Project Five is working in collaboration with Cardiff University to provide innovative, blended learning opportunities for construction professionals throughout Wales.

“Awareness and understanding is of course only the start of the journey but our experience has shown that many organisations, whilst aware of BIM, are still struggling to align their business with the processes required to become ‘BIM ready’. Our NFB work indicates that less than a fifth are working on projects to BIM Level 2 maturity.

“Clients are increasingly asking for BIM capability through their procurement exercises, but in reality only a handful have made significant progress towards adopting BIM. Public sector clients will be critical to the successful adoption of BIM and like the industry itself there is still much work to do to ensure they are BIM ready by 2016,” continued Tim.

So what does the future hold for BIM?

Well, 2015 is when the big countdown begins. It’s when the pace of change should really start to increase if the industry is to have any realistic prospect of meeting the 2016 target date.

Having changed hearts and minds, now is the time for implementation. There are some excellent examples of where the leading edge – clients and supply chain – are moving towards BIM level 2 maturity. Industry needs to share these examples of good practice and we need our public sector clients to lead from the front.

But perhaps most of all industry needs to ensure that at all levels of the supply chain we start to engage with our project partners to work collaboratively in the adoption of BIM.

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