BIM Hub To Be Launched In Wales

Tuesday, 10th July 2012
  CITB-ConstructionSkills has welcomed the decision that a Building Information Modelling (BIM) hub will be launched in Wales this year. The body is supporting a collaborative approach being led by the Construction Industry Council (CIC) to champion employer-led skills change for the built environment sector and introduce BIM to industry processes. BIM is an inter-disciplinary process that will help professionals generate and manage data during the life cycle of a build from conception through to demolition.     Wyn Prichard, CITB-ConstructionSkills Wales Director, said: “We are committed to working with and helping to add value to the construction sector. We are delighted to hear that a BIM hub will be created in Wales, which will provide much needed direction and support for the Welsh construction industry.     “BIM will enable employers to achieve significant improvements in efficiency, productivity, cost savings and inter-disciplinary working, helping to safeguard jobs and create new work opportunities across the whole supply chain. Many Welsh consultants and contractors are already starting to embrace the new model on some of the large projects in Wales. It is important that other professionals and their supply chains start to follow suit and adopt this approach. However to achieve this we need to ensure that the industry has the right skills in place for BIM adoption so that they are in the best position possible for economic growth locally and nationally in the future.”     CITB-ConstructionSkills will be working closely with its Professional Services Sector Employer Group – an advisory and action-based group established to raise the profile of the professional services sector in the Welsh Government – to drive the Wales BIM hub forward. The group, chaired by Ann-Marie Smale, director at Powell Dobson Architects, will also be available to advise the Welsh Government on the strategic direction and implementation of BIM in Wales.     She said: “I am delighted that the Professional Group, representing CIC Wales, has the opportunity to form the BIM regional hub here in Wales. We have a great cross-representation from all corners of the industry, so we are well placed to deliver this. There is no doubt that BIM is coming and it is key that our industry here in Wales is geared up to respond to this to ensure that we can compete for work on all levels – locally, nationally and internationally.”     Clive Webb, director of Boyes Rees Architects, has been elected chairman of the Wales BIM working implementation group. He said: “Through my early interests in BIM following the publication of the UK Governments Construction Strategy in May 2011, I’m pleased to be able the support Wales BIM hub in the implementation, mobilisation and future development of the BIM Strategy for Wales through the realisation of the true benefits BIM can bring to the holistic construction industry in relation to the design, construction and management of the built environment.”     Chief executive of the CIC Graham Watts said: “We are delighted to have been tasked by the Cabinet Office and the Department of Business, Innovation & Skills with creating a network of 11 BIM hubs across the UK nations and regions. We will be launching the 11 hubs with the collaboration of our regional chairs in the autumn. In Wales we are pleased that the BIM regional hub will be enabled through the leadership of Ann-Marie Smale, chair of the CIC Wales committee and with secretariat support from CITB-ConstructionSkills Wales and with the multi-lateral support of many organisations representing industry bodies and groups in Wales.”