Pioneering BIM Programme

SECBE Leaders in Construction championed a successful business support programme for SME's and has developed a unique understanding of the impact of BIM and GSL throughout the supply chain.

FutureFit was a pioneering business support programme, designed to create capable construction teams with a better understanding of BIM (Building Information Modelling) and GSL (Government Soft Landings).

During this two-year programme, the team worked with over 400 companies from across the construction industry including project managers, architects, M&E, facades, general construction, structure and civil engineers and specialist designers. Impressive results have been achieved

  • 90% rated as good or excellent their understanding of BIM
  • 79% appointed an internal BIM champion
  • 13% appointed an external person into the BIM champion role
  • 93% rated as good or excellent the quality of the guidance received at workshops

In response to the Government mandate for BIM by 2016, and importantly to capitalise on potential productivity improvements for the whole supply chain, SECBE brought together a number of key industry partners to develop a comprehensive and innovative package of collaborative and individual interventions.

Both BIM and GSL are central to the Government Construction Strategy and mandated for adoption on public new build and refurbishment projects by 2016. Together they require new processes that need to be administered through design and creation, and into operation. Simply, they are about information and how that is communicated.  The two go hand-in-hand because the information gathered and stored through the BIM approach provides a powerful mechanism for evaluating and managing the way buildings and their occupiers operate and perform.

The programme provided free business support to SMEs across the South East and delivered support through workshops, 1:1 support, supply chain programmes and importantly engaging with public and private sector clients; find out more here.

Through this programme the team developed a unique understanding of practical BIM and GSL and impact throughout the supply chain.  We will continue to offer resources and support through our consultancy and supply chain services; you can read more here.

This project was part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund 2007-2013 and finished in September 2015.

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