The inaugural South BIM hub, held at Hampshire County Council in Winchester took place on Wednesday 31st July, was a great success in bringing many local design & construction disciplines together to discuss issues surrounding BIM, exceeding expectations with around 55-60 attendees.
A high percentage of these were at very early stage of BIM adoption, rather than being made up of the usual longstanding BIM advocates, which was a key aim of the organisers Allister Lewis from Hants CC and Mike Turpin, BIM Consultant from AKSWard.
Most were small to medium sized local architects, with others including project managers, structural consultants, main contractors, and landscape architects.
This demonstrates again that BIM requirements are impacting construction professionals across all disciplines and project sectors on a local as well as national level.
The meeting itself consisted of BIM presentations from CIC members John Eynon and Steve Race, with a presentation from Allister on Hampshire Council’s pilot BIM project followed by open discussions and feedback.
The initial feedback was focused largely on the need to get clients involved in future meetings, some believing that this is key especially regarding risk, litigation, and contractual requirements, whilst others argued that clients are generally not educated enough and this was a smokescreen in the argument for BIM adoption.
The argument then branched out to the role of main contractors as the ‘constructors’ of the overall product, as well as the need for everyone involved in the design process to focus on the far bigger picture of BIM benefitting those responsible for maintaining the building once construction is complete (BIM for production of O&M manuals).
There was widespread enthusiasm for a second meeting to begin addressing the points raised in a ‘working group’ environment, and to focus on presentations and key speakers who will help to move local BIM understanding forward.
We expect to hear from the South BIM Hub team shortly, and we’ll be sure to keep you posted on any future events.
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