Construction industry officials looking to get more insight on business information modelling (BIM) have been given a helping hand by Salford University.

The institute's School of the Built Environment has developed a free guide to BIM designed for the use by the Construction Industry Research and Information Association (CIRIA). It will be able to give clients, designers and leaders within the industry advice on how to effectively implement the technology into their current workings. It details ways in which companies can speed up major projects and also help them to significantly reduce costs and man hours through stringent planning in the initial phase.

Five academics at Salford University have written the guide and explain that it also contains a number of examples where BIM has been successfully integrated. The authors have been involved in projects around the globe where the technology has been used and been a contributing factor in delivering the overall plans on time and within budget. One of the main examples include facilities management at Maryland General Hospital which used BIM effectively to deliver an excellent health centre.

Professor Lauri Koskela, from the School of the Built Environment and lead writer of the guide, explained: "This is very much a practical guide for the industry and in keeping with Salford’s objectives of helping UK construction become more efficient and sustainable.

"We're very grateful to CIRIA  for taking the initiative with the guide and helping us to create it and we’d urge as many people of all levels in the sector to take advantage of a significant free resource to save money and improve their businesses."

BIM has been rapidly increasing in popularity on both sides of the Atlantic with the UK and US looking to ramp up their adoption of this technology. On home soil, business officials want the country to become a world leader, but it still has a long way to go to overtake the likes of Swedish and American counterparts.

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