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Architects must use BIM or risk losing competitiveness

4 December 2013 No Comment

British architects have been told to adopt building information modelling (BIM) systems or risk losing their competitive edge, reports bdonline.co.uk.

Peter Hansford, who became the government’s chief construction adviser in July of last year, says the UK must become proficient in BIM or risk losing its billing as a world leader in architecture.


As reported by arup.com, tools of this nature can help professionals construct digital versions of physical and functional characteristics of a facility, helping designers make crucial decisions on the layout of their projects.

BIM adoption is now international

Mr Hansford says smart technology and greater innovation will allow the UK’s architecture, design and engineering companies to transform the construction sector and up its contribution to the economy.

As for the specific systems, he says BIM has a role to play in realising this ambition.

“Its adoption is now international,” said Mr Hansford. “We’ll be able to export our BIM experience. To support this growth we need to adopt a strong and resilient supply chain that is proficient in BIM.”


Companies were told that by using BIM, they can ‘release the bottleneck’ that traps some of the more creative ideas before they reach potential clients.

“We have to find ways of unblocking that,” said Mr Hansford, stating that BIM can be a “major contributor”.

Author: Richard Towey    Date Written: 04 December 2013

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