Building information modelling (BIM) is set to be the topic of conversation for an upcoming event for the contract and kitchen furniture sectors.

The meeting held by the Furniture Industry Research Association (FIRA) and the British Contract Furnishings Association, due to take place on November 5th, will look at the pros and cons of using BIM within day-to-day operations. The technology is receiving a major push from the government and more and more companies are set to be affected in the building sector over the coming years.

BIM is used to help contractors plan out the entire project from the foundations right up to the finishing touches. It is designed to assess any problems that may be unforeseen by the developers at planning stages with the help of 3D imaging. BIM is highly important to construction firms as it can ensure that structures are built on time and within budget.

The government is putting a lot of faith into the technology and recently announced that by 2016 all public sector projects over £5 million will have to use it. BIM will be the focal point of the upcoming event at the FIRA headquarters in Stevenage.

Phil Reynolds, chief operating officer for FIRA International, said: "This is a major initiative in the construction industry and is likely to affect the contract furniture market, including office, educational and fitted furniture, such as kitchens.

"This event aims to help the furniture industry understand the knock-on effect for the contract furniture market and the way they will need to adapt to stay ahead of the competition."

BIM is becoming increasingly utilised throughout the construction sector with more and more companies accessing the technology on a project by project basis. It can bring together all the information from architectural, structural and engineering aspects of building process to ensure that the development is a success.

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