Building Information Modelling (BIM) is set to transform the construction industry, according to Fife-based Hardies Property & Construction Consultants.
The technology, which involves generating and managing digital representations of the physical and functional characteristics of buildings, is part of an industry-wide digital revolution, says managing partner Derek Ferrier.
And, according to Ferrier, Hardies is an early-adopter of the software.
“We are now ready to embrace this new technology,” says Ferrier.
“It has come at the perfect time for us as we have undertaken a rigorous internal selection process to identify the staff members who are best equipped to deal with this new technology and have the right skills and enthusiasm for the task.”
Ferrier has also revealed that, with several long-serving partners now retired, Hardies has appointed some younger blood with an equity stake in the firm.
“The construction industry is indeed undergoing a digital revolution at the moment,” says Ferrier.
“It’s good news as we have finally come out of a long and gruelling recession and I think that everyone is ready to take on a fresh challenge and exploit this as best they can for the upturn which has already started.
“BIM is a way of working, it is information modelling and information management in a team environment. All our team members should be working to the same standards as one another – this is essential.
“BIM creates value for the combined efforts of people, process and technology. It’s very exciting, but a challenge for us of all in this industry.”
Ferrier says Hardies has already begun specialist training and has appointed a BIM ‘tsar’ for the firm in the form of quantity surveyor Simon Beveridge, who is based in the Edinburgh office.
“Simon and a few other staff have completed BIM training, when they undertook an intensive course,” adds Ferrier.
“Since then, they have completed other training courses and our Quantity Surveying team is now level 2 ready before the government requirement of 2016. We also have several live projects within Hardies that have a BIM requirement – it’s a great achievement.
“Simon was the best man for the job as he had experience of BIM training in the States where he worked for a couple of years.
“He returned to us at Hardies two years ago and we are delighted to have him. He has been instrumental in driving this initiative forward.”