Hardies call embracing BIM “essential”, appoint a “BIM Tsar”

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Logo Credit: Hardies

Scottish property and construction consultants Hardies have discussed a “new era” for the company, one that involves the appointment of eleven new partners and undertaking “a rigorous internal selection process” to train select staff to lead their implementation of Building Information Modelling.

Hardies’ Derek Ferrier has said that with BIM set to “revolutionise our industry”, Hardies are ready to create “value for the combined efforts of people, process and technology” via the utilisation of BIM.

“We are now ready to embrace this new technology and it has come at the perfect time for us as we have undertaken a rigorous internal selection process to identify the staff members who are best equipped to deal with this new technology and have the right skills and enthusiasm for the task,” explained Ferrier, the Managing Partner of the firm, which is the largest multi-discipline specialist surveying company in Scotland.

“The construction industry is indeed undergoing a digital revolution at the moment. It is good news as we have finally come out of a long and gruelling recession and I think that everyone is ready to take on a fresh challenge and exploit this as best they can for the upturn which has already started. BIM is a way of working, it is information modelling and information management in a team environment. All our team members should be working to the same standards as one another – this is essential.”

Quantity Surveyor at the firm Simon Beveridge has been appointed as BIM Tsar at the company’s Edinburgh office due to his prior training being a part of BIM processes in the United States.

“Simon and a few other staff have completed BIM training, when they undertook an intensive course. Since then they have completed other training courses and our Quantity Surveying team is now Level 2 ready before the government requirement of 2016. We also have several live projects within Hardies that have a BIM requirement – it’s a great achievement.

“Simon was the best man for the job as he had experience of BIM training in the States where he worked for a couple of years. He returned to us at Hardies two years ago and we are delighted to have him. He has been instrumental in driving this initiative forward.”

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