New initiative helps firms prepare for BIM deadline


A free training and awareness programme is to be launched in a bid to help Scottish construction firms prepare for BIM Level 2.

Delivered by the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre (CSIC) and supported by Scottish Enterprise, Scottish Futures Trust, BIM Regions Scotland and Hub, the programme of workshops and events will begin next month and will be aimed at construction professionals across the industry.

Full details of how to register your interest will be launched at Construction Scotland and CSIC’s joint conference and industry showcase on Wednesday 13 September at the Hilton Hotel in Glasgow. 

Adrian Shilliday, technical director and BIM leader at Galliford Try will chair one of the workshops at the conference which will focus on preparing for the looming implementation of BIM Level 2. The session will also feature Ryan Tennyson, co-chair of the BIM Scottish Suppliers Group and Bruce Newlands, head of technical operations at CSIC.

Bruce Newlands said, “BIM will be adopted, where appropriate, in projects across the public sector by April 2017. BIM will support the creation of a more efficient built environment that is more sustainable, and with more intelligent infrastructure fit for the 21st century. The April 2017 implementation date for the public sector is fast approaching, but there is still a lot of confusion in the construction industry about what exactly BIM is, what Level 2 means and what they need to do to prepare.

“That’s where this programme comes in. Beginning with the basics, we plan to lead you methodically through the steps your business will need to take to be ready for BIM Level 2 and beyond, and give you all the guidance and information you need. As well as this extensive programme of free events there will also be an online hub and a free online advice service to help you answer any specific questions and point you to the right information.”