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THE SECTOR VIEW: BUILDING INFORMATION MODELLING – MIDDLESEX UNIVERSITY


A NEW DAWN FOR BRITISH CONSTRUCTION?


SMART CITIES WILL DEMAND SMART MANAGEMENT AND EVEN SMARTER INFORMATION SAYS MATT COLLETT, BUSINESS RELATIONSHIP MANAGER, MIDDLESEX UNIVERSITY


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e all know that our cities, as well as the technologies that help run them, are getting smarter and more advanced. Te populations that live


in them and the way they interact with their environments are also getting more advanced – the vehicles and transport we use in these cities is advancing and well, you get the picture. Tis provokes interesting questions about


the design and maintenance of both existing and future cities and infrastructure and buildings that are, or will be, part of their ‘feel’ – their bricks and mortar DNA. How should we change the way that we design


and manage these buildings? Do we need to change it at all? And if we do, what will this look like? Te answer, for some, is of course Building Information Modelling or ‘BIM’. BIM is a movement that would suggest the answer to all of the above is yes and that it will look a lot like ‘BIM’. Tis movement would bring to fruition the full digitalisation of the design, build and maintenance of a structure – immortalising it in digital format for whoever (or whatever) takes over the management and eventual demolition of the structure. A collaborative approach would


modernise not only the physical actions associated with a build process, but also revolutionise the way professional individuals interact with one another to reach the end game. Tis is important because, as we know, the construction sector is a major part of the UK economy. It represents some 7% of GDP or £11bn per annum of expenditure. BIM holds the potential to increase efficiency and reduce costs, such as time on site and amount of waste, as well as helping to avoid clash detection before boots or materials have even touched the ground. Rumours of companies saving as much as 40% by using BIM are fuelling the idea that this is surely the


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way forward if we are to modernise our approach to the construction and maintenance of a building. Whilst the idea of collaboration and fluidity in the


management of a build aren’t particularly modern ideas in themselves, the way in which individuals can acquire these news skills is revolutionary and Middlesex University, are leading the way. Te MSc in BIM Management provides professionals from around the globe the opportunity to gain new skills in the BIM arena. Te course, as modern as the concepts of BIM itself, is largely online – utilising webinars and online forums to stimulate debate and share learning. Experts from all over the world contribute to the programme and individuals can use their current knowledge and experience to customise their programme to their current role within their organisation, looking at how they can implement and make best use of BIM. Whilst candidates are already professionals with experience, they are filling new job roles which are part of a modernising industry. Te ‘BIM Manager’ is now a pivotal part of most large construction companies, and these professionals are learning the skills needed to survive in such modern times. Course leader, Dr Noha Saleeb states that


as one of the huge benefits: “Te aim is to produce practitioners with a qualification to be BIM enabled in their discipline with a critical awareness of contemporary BIM issues informed by technology, research and management skills in both standard and unpredictable scenarios.” Tese new roles and the people in them are


going to be the drivers behind the massive changes affecting the industry over the next few years, and Middlesex University is proud to be playing its part in the education of these BIM pioneers. Te set of management skills needed to benefit from the opportunities, and overcome the challenges ahead, are specific yet varied - but by looking at BIM from a holistic management stand point, we can hope to equip the new generation of BIM Management professionals with all the tools they need to do just that. Te new cities of the future will demand digitalisation and will be immortalised by their digital footprints, allowing for smarter management and more productive lifecycles. Whilst talk of a ‘new dawn’ for construction


THE ‘BIM MANAGER’ IS NOW A PIVOTAL PART OF MOST LARGE CONSTRUCTION COMPANIES.’


may be somewhat premature, it certainly feels as if the industry is taking a deep breath before the plunge in to full BIM implementation. Modernisation of processes is a key stimulant to the sustainable future of our digital cities, allowing us – as a sector – to be ever efficient and provide the service and detailed information that will no doubt be in demand in future years.


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Contact: Corporate Engagement Team, corporate@mdx. ac.uk, (+44) 208 411 5050 Course Information: www.mdx.ac.uk/bim Promotional Video for your attention: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=or4RDPYjj40


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