On September 30th our CEO, John Tocci, attended and spoke at the UK Contractors Group (UKGC) London BIM Conference hosted by Autodesk, Inc. The conference brought together a prestigious panel of British industry leaders from RIBA, CIBSE, ICE and UKCG: leading architects, engineers, academics and government officials from the UK…and Tocci as the contractor’s perspective.
As the conference progressed it was clear that in the UK there are some stellar architects really utilizing BIM, but they are the dramatic minority. Their BIM work is sadly largely unknown because it is almost never used downstream in the construction process. When John spoke he issued a challenge: “If you do not adopt BIM within 3 years you will be irrelevant.” This call to action was echoed in the keynote address by Paul Morrell, the UK’s Chief Construction Advisor. He said that the British government will be requiring BIM on all their projects going forward, it just remains to be seen what the time table is and who will control the process. John wrote a lively summary of the whole trip, which can be found here in three parts: