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‘leap of faith’ and not everybody is quite so keen to take it yet. He said: “You do need to put


a lot of effort into that at the beginning,” he said. “It takes that vision and leap of faith to actu- ally invest. Maybe a lot of tier 1s and tier 2s are up to speed, and a lot of architects and engineers, but even then there are pockets of excellence, it’s not the entire organisation.” He added: “Te whole


industry needs to upskill and with many of Scotland’s SMEs having five employees or less, it’s a massive task of how to get that expertise and knowledge, how to get all the hardware and software. “It will take 10 to 20 years to


embed in the industry and start seeing the real benefits.” One of the speakers at the


event, Paul Dodd, Head of Infrastructure Technology at the Scottish Futures Trust (SFT), said the majority of presentations highlighted the opportunities, and the challenges, which faced the industry. He said: “Across the spectrum,


from foundation to frontiers, there are lots of exciting ex- amples and applications we’re seeing and that’s great in terms of solving distinct challenges. “However, how we bring that


together into a holistic organi- sational oversight and start to bring these different technolo- gies in, to gather wider insight


is probably where the greater challenge lies.” SFT leads the implementa-


tion of BIM for the Scottish Government and Dodd said the conference was an excellent showcase of work within the public sector – with the work of Historic Environment Scotland, Scottish Canals and the NHS all prominent examples. He said: “It shone a light on the momentum that is being made by public bodies. Tere’s a lot to do – but by continuing to share and col- laborate we can help everybody move forward.”


Other presentations included Morag Angus, the Scottish Gov- ernment’s chief surveyor, who


highlighted the contribution that planning the digital estate has to play in tackling climate change. Te Infrastructure Commission for Scotland released a report earlier this year which under- lined the importance of infra- structure in tackling both ‘the climate emergency’ and creating an inclusive growth economy. Meanwhile, the conference


offered up different perspectives from varied companies, includ- ing how Heathrow Airport had pulled together many disparate systems into one, while Historic Environment Scotland, demon- strated how digital technologies were also being applied to some of the country’s oldest and most historic buildings. l


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