Time to get started as BIM approaches

The UK government’s chief construction advisor has characterised building information modelling (BIM) as unstoppable. The increasing public sector client participation, coupled with the looming 2016 deadline has heightened the profile of BIM with SMEs. It is no longer a case of whether the construction industry will adopt BIM, but how.

The National Federation of Builders (NFB), with the support of the Construction Industry Training Board (CITB), has been driving the adoption of BIM with SME contractors and companies working within the sector since the Construction Strategy of 2011 identified it as an enabler to improve the efficiency across the industry.

Following on from its two previous projects: BIM: Early Adopters Programme and BIM: Let’s get ready, the NFB has now launched its latest programme of support: BIM: Build & Sustain. Taking the experiences gained and the lessons learned from its earlier projects, the NFB’s latest programme takes a strategic and holistic approach enabling effective BIM adoption to be achieved at whatever stage of the journey companies are currently at.

NFB Training Manager, Karen Dawes, says:

“BIM: Build & Sustain has been developed specifically for tier 1 SMEs and their supply chains. This unique project will enable companies to benefit from a holistic BIM support package that will take them through awareness to implementation with a consistent step by step approach. ”

The programme is being launched at complimentary workshops across England and Wales. Dates and venues include:

  • London 8th April 2014
  • Bridgend 10th April 2014
  • Carlisle 29th April 2014
  • Nottingham 30th April 2014
  • Durham 6th May 2014
  • Ispwich 7th May 2014

These interactive workshops have been developed to build awareness and provide practical support to SME construction companies seeking to comply with the central government mandate of BIM level 2 by 2016.

For further information on the NFB BIM: Build & Sustain project, or to book a place on any of the workshops above please contact the Training Team on 0845 057 0041.