Digital technology such as BIM is the key to improving productivity in the construction industry. Productivity is one of the key aspirations for the government, and will benefit the UK economy as well as the construction sector more specifically.
However, BIM is only a useful tool if utilised correctly and collaboratively to ensure that every aspect of a building is fit for purpose.
In 2016, the Construction Leadership Council’s Innovation in Buildings workstream identified that a lack of collaboration was the main challenge facing the construction industry, particularly when it comes to the adoption of smart construction.
At its heart BIM is a collaborative tool that reduces waste and risk of error, and facilitated the sharing of detailed information that leads to better buildings throughout the design, construction and operational phases of a building’s life cycle.
BIM holds designers and contractors accountable when design and performance information is shared with operational managers, working to close the gap between design and as-built performance.
This is increasingly important as the industry rushes to supply the UK’s housing demand, to ensure that design to process delivery is thorough and complete.
By taking a collaborative approach, it’s clear that BIM will benefit the architect, specifier, contractor and end user. If the industry works together, we can make the most of the opportunities presented by BIM and other digital innovations, as well as improve people’s daily life.
The Construction Leadership Council’s Innovation in Buildings workstream is led by Saint-Gobain’s General Delegate, Mike Chaldecott. The workstream aims to embed new approaches to all phases of the construction process for buildings, utilising work already in progress such as the Digital Built Britain strategy and Modern Methods of Construction (MMC). For more information, click here.