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Government statement on BIM next month

The government will make a “statement of intent” next month on the use of Building Information Modelling on public projects.

A report on the effectiveness of BIM on a number of pilot projects was submitted to the Construction Clients’ Group in March.

A government spokesman said today that once the local government elections had passed, an initial response would be made.

BIM allows all parties on a project to share the same software to design, construct and operate a building.

Chief construction adviser Paul Morrell said in March that he was drawing up proposals to convince the government to use BIM more widely. He said public sector clients should channel parts of their construction budgets into getting BIM up and running across the government .

Mr Morrell added at an event at the Finnish Embassy: “I remember sitting down in the late 1980s to decide whether to move over to email or remain with the post office. In the future, wondering whether to use BIM will look just as stupid.”

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