Sector - Consultancy

New digital2all initiative launched by BIM4SME

BIM4SME has launched a new initiative, digital2all, with the target of future proofing the construction industry and unlocking the benefits to SMEs.

Part of the national BIM Task Group, BIM4SME provides guidance to small and medium sized companies as they look to integrate BIM into their businesses.

Its objective has been to raise awareness of the BIM processes that will ultimately bring value and business benefits to construction companies.

Now, having fulfilled its BIM Level 2 programme, BIM4SME will take a step back and pass the BIM baton and to digital2all.

Tim Platts, Chair of BIM4SME, commented: “Having established a platform that has clearly demonstrated its ability to serve its intended audience we now need to tackle the future agenda beyond Level 2, and in doing so provide a sustainable future for the group, its work and its people.

“Our focus will remain on providing support to the SME in attaining Level 2, and over time the team will develop its agenda to serve the broader industry in respect of the impending digital revolution.”

The initiative follows BIM4SME’s 2015 Annual Report and unveils a new strategy for the future of the construction industry.

Digital2all has been created from The Industry Strategy – Construction 2025, Digital Built Britain, the Business and Professional Services Strategy, and the Information Economy Strategy.

It is envisaged that these strategies will allow digital2all to enjoy a broader sphere of influence in safeguarding the connectivity of the AECO (Architectural, Engineering, Construction and Operations) sector to others at a working digital level. The initiative will seek to future proof the AECO sector and bring further benefits for SMEs and the wider supply chain in construction and asset management.

Vice Chair Raj Chawla commented: “It will take the industry time to successfully join up and connect seamlessly to the digital economy, but it is the spread of know how to both the big and small organisations in the sector that will determine the rate of change.

“While we all appreciate that the connected supply chain is the Holy Grail, digital2all is an attempt to start to gift the supply chain with the do’s and don’ts and provide a compass to set the direction.

“How to harvest and understand data, maintain it and migrate and most important of all, learn how to value it. These are key aspects of the digital agenda. The sector requires as much help and support as it can get in this transition.

“There are transitional models in the retail and the financial sector that are working very well and the objective is to learn and apply these methodologies and sciences to the construction sector.”

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