Press release

Voice for construction professionals – BIM 2050 launched

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BIM 2050 brings together young professionals working in the construction industry to have their say on the future of digital technologies.

16 January 2013

BIM 2050 brings together young professionals working in the construction industry, from architects, engineers and contractors to legal professionals and surveyors, to have their say on the future of digital technologies, including Building Information Modelling (known as BIM). The group, formally launched today (16 January 2013), will be forward-looking and will consist of professionals working in 2050.

The 2050 group has met informally and decided that their priorities will be education and skills, developing a culture of integration and exploiting new technologies.

Cabinet Office Parliamentary Secretary Chloe Smith said:

We are taking great strides to make government construction faster, cheaper and more innovative. We have already saved £179m for the taxpayer by stripping out waste and are trail-blazing the use of digital technologies such as BIM, a pioneering UK-led ICT solution that shares building plans with multiple contractors working on a building project.

It is imperative we pass the baton of reform to the next generation of engineers and architects and the BIM 2050 group will help do this - it provides young construction professionals with a voice to challenge existing ways of working and deliver better results for the public and UK plc. We are in a global race and there is a real opportunity for our BIM know-how to be used more at home as well as exporting our technology expertise.

There are no age restrictions to BIM 2050 - to be eligible, participants must be actively involved in BIM and, ideally, a member of an institute.

BIM 2050 is one of a number of influential groups set up to encourage the greater understanding and use of digital technologies in the construction industry. Other groups cover: Delivery Supply Chain, Retail, Infrastructure and SMEs with a wide membership drawn from industry and academia.

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