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Balfour Beatty could demand BIM from subcontractors

Balfour Beatty could demand BIM from subcontractors
Balfour Beatty is reinforcing its standpoint over the use of building information modelling (BIM) to its supply chain in the coming year.

Speaking at the Construction News Summit, Peter Trebilock, Balfour Beatty's BIM director, said that the company could soon insist that its subcontractors use the technology on a regular basis. Mr Trebilock explained that the firm was looking to implement a number of strategies which will help to encourage its supply chain partners to use BIM with more regularity. This could include conferences, workshops and feedback meetings.

The use of BIM is becoming increasingly prevalent within the construction sector as more and more companies see the benefits it can provide. It is used to map out the construction phase of a project, the 3D modelling allows contractors to foresee any problems before a single brick is laid or the foundation is broken. Companies use the technology frequently as it can help to both reduce costs and ensure that the project is delivered on time.

Balfour Beatty has become a huge advocate of BIM and Mr Trebilock's statement, quoted by Construction News, speaks volumes about how the company is looking to move forward in the coming years. David Philp, head of BIM at Mace, echoed the sentiments of his counterpart and spoke of untapped potential that BIM can have for construction companies all over the UK.

He told the news provider: "BIM is making everything more transparent and helping us work better with the supply chain to de-risk. We’re also starting to switch on and procure specialist packages earlier, which means we are working more collaboratively and it’s changing some of the culture; it’s more transparent who the risk allocation is with."

Should Balfour Beatty's plans of implementing its strategy to its supply chain could see a number of other major contractors following suit and prompt a surge of BIM adoption in the coming years.

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Date: 07/11/2013 16:42:00

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