GCU staff, in partnership with industry clients and standard-setting organisations, are delivering consultancy and training to industry on the implementation of BIM.
The UK government requires collaborative Level 2 BIM on all of its projects by 2016. The Scottish Construction Procurement Group is aiming for adoption of Level 2 BIM in Scotland by April 2017.
Colin Murchison, associate dean of the university’s school of engineering and built environment, said: “The government strategy has generated a lot of interest in BIM within the construction industry. However, a large section of industry still appears to be struggling to find its feet as to what it needs to have in place before BIM-based projects become a mainstream reality.
“There are various prerequisites that need to be in place, mostly in relation to process protocols and standards, before the UK government’s ambitions for achieving the productivity and other improvements through BIM can be achieved.
“One of the key factors to achieving successful supply-chain integration in the construction sector is the accuracy, effective flow and intelligent use of information, which BIM will encourage.”
He added: “The SFT project will allow us to capture the lessons learned from nominated projects and puts GCU at the heart of the implementation of this exciting new development in the construction industry.”