The 1st UK BIM Academic Forum (BAF) Conference will be hosted by Glasgow Caledonian University, 13th-15th September 2016. The conference aims to provide a platform for bringing together academics and practitioners involved with BIM research and development as well as implementation to exchange the state-of-the-art ideas in this field.
Building Information Modelling (BIM) offers a new paradigm for efficiencies in project delivery and the industry is gradually gearing up towards delivering BIM-enabled projects. The concepts behind BIM technologies and processes are fairly well established now but several implementation and other challenges remain. Although the larger organisations in the construction industries around the world are relatively comfortable with BIM adoption, the smaller ones in the supply chain still appear to be struggling on several fronts. Even some of the larger ones do not seem to have a real understanding of the business case for achieving competitive advantage from BIM using available and emerging processes, standards and protocols. It appears that, so far, the thrust of the efforts is mostly focussed on the technological aspects of BIM. Therefore, key to transforming the construction industry towards creating value for their clients and the industry through BIM adoption is training and education for the entire industry to develop the required BIM skills and capabilities. In addition to supply chains, this also includes the training and education of client organisations as they need to understand the potential benefits as well as challenges and limitations of this approach of BIM-driven project procurement to drive transformation.
The BIM Academic Forum is a group of academics from a large number of UK universities supported by the Government BIM Task Group and technology providers. It was established to promote the academic aspects of BIM and respond to the growing priority for an informed and equipped workforce aligned with the requirement on HEIs to respond to the changing need across the industry.
You can find out more about the conference, including how to book your place, on the BIM4Communities website. If you are interested in learning more about BIM from a landscape perspective, the Landscape Institute has recently published a book titled BIM for Landscape – details here.