The Director of Engineering juggernaut Laing O’Rourke has called on the construction industry to “get digital” and utilise Building Information Modelling.
Higgins’ third piece of advice related specifically to the implementation of BIM. He suggests that everyone “get serious about the potential of digital technologies”.
“It’s time to get serious about the potential of digital technologies to transform our cities – in particular, the application of digital engineering and BIM.
“Yet the power of a digitised built environment to revolutionise how we plan, design, build and maintain the urban landscape, is widely acknowledged. BIM Level 2 will be mandated on all public projects from 2016. Will the private sector also get to grips with its potential?”
Higgins also urged businesses to “innovate or die”, explaining that collaboration (that BIM implementation can certainly inspire) is key. He said: “In an industry often labelled as lagging behind when it comes to innovation, one reason I’m proud to work for Laing O’Rourke is our transformative approach.
“Cross-industry collaboration – from decision-making developers and designers, to the supply-chain – should integrate cleaner, more efficient, safer methods to better equip us for the future, despite our skills shortage.”
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