ICYMI: Laing O’Rourke Director calls for “the application of digital engineering and BIM”

Credit: Tom Higgins
Credit: Tom Higgins

The Director of Engineering juggernaut Laing O’Rourke has called on the construction industry to “get digital” and utilise Building Information Modelling.

Manchester Evening News have published five tips from Tom Higgins that AEC companies should take on-board to enable them to “seize control of our industry destiny”.

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.

“A recent [UK] survey revealed a drop in BIM adoption, with lack of client demand often cited as a barrier.

“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.”

The comments from Higgins come after Laing O’Rourke won the ‘BIM Initiative of the Year’ prize at the Building Awards 2015.

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