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Embrace BIM or go out of business, says new ACE chair

Companies that do not embrace BIM will “probably be out of business” in five years’ time, ACE’s new chairman has warned.

Mott Macdonald’s Keith Howells made the claim as he took up the chairmanship in the Association of Consultancy Engineers’ centenary year.

“If you are not using BIM in five years time you’ll probably be out of business,” said Mr Howells, chairman and former managing dierctor at Mott Macdonald.

“Much like the introduction of the spreadsheet, BIM will become part of business as usual, and it will become that quickly, the benefits are already clear.”

Mr Howells was speaking to ACE’s member magazine, Impact.

He said there has been a mixed response so far from clients, and added that the introduction of BIM to asset management also needs to be thought through.

Mr Howells said: “While it is being adopted quickly in the creation of assets, many of the benefits will come from the better management of those assets using the data developed during their creation.

“This fits with the role of engineers in helping to educate eventual asset users.

“Some clients grasp this very readily, though others are less inclined to do so, but where it is done right there are real benefits to the asset of delivering good use.”

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