Bridging the BIM skills gap is partnering the answer
I was invited to take part in the round table discussion to look at the BIM skills gap in our UK building industry. The event took place on 9th October and has been captured in the Building magazine, (27th November edition), article – Terms of Engagement.
I was joined in the discussion by my fellow BIM enthusiasts from the wide range of other companies that we collaborate with on regular basis. The select group of leading figures and speakers included; Rahul Shah – head of BIM at Lendlease, Reginald Basit – BIM manager at Populous, Jon Harris – head of BIM at Mace and Babak Tizkar – BIM manager at Wilkinson Eyre.
With impending UK government BIM Level 2 mandate coming to force on 4th April 2016, when all central government departments will require project teams to use it we were asking ourselves if partnering could be a solution to bridge the BIM skills gap. Recent survey shows that with only four months to go only 32% of firms surveyed were using BIM Level 2. The 32% result compares to 31% in last year’s survey. Clearly, there is still a lot to be done. The good news is that the proportion of BIM adoption on projects has lifted up from 52% last year to 66% currently. How do we bridge the gap in time?
Recent survey shows that with only four months to go only 32% of firms surveyed were using BIM Level 2
These and other questions were raised in our round table discussion. There was a consensus that the industry still has an incredibly long distance to go in order to close this gap. In my opinion partnering can be one of the best ways to overcome this obstacle. We are already implementing this approach in our New York office in the form of IPD (Integrated Project Delivery). This is a collaborative approach where you work with all the stakeholders at once, even in the same room, with BIM tied into the process. This gives early engagement and information flow is seamless.I envisage a very similar approach coming to UK in the not too distant future. Partnering is the answer.
April 2016 is just around the corner but we have been delivering projects to BIM level 2 and sometimes beyond for the last two years.
We are BIM Level 2 ready!
You can read the article ‘Terms of Engagement’ on the building.co.uk website (subcription only) http://ubm.io/1jt9GjT