The UK’s BIM expertise is set to be promoted worldwide after the Construction Industry Council confirmed Richard Saxon has been tasked with identifying how the UK can exploit its BIM knowledge abroad.
Mr Saxon has joined the CIC executive team and the government’s BIM task group to lead a new work stream on identifying how the UK can achieve growth by exploiting its “world class UK BIM success”.
Among his priorities will be working on the revised European Union procurement directive to ensure the UK’s skills base is recognised and its work is at the forefront of BIM thinking within Europe.
Mr Saxon co-authored a paper on BIM for the former Department of Trade & Industry, which CIC chief executive Graham Watts said “began the process of building a compelling case for the BIM Strategy that has since been adopted”.
The current CIC ‘champion for research, innovation and knowledge’ said: “I will seek to work closely with UKTI, other agencies and industry in this role and I would like to spend time looking at both the construction, consultancy, knowledge and software/systems growth potential.”
The role will include:
Exploring opportunities where UK business can develop opportunity for growth
Exploring opportunities with UK BIM software start-up organisations
Leading efforts to ensure that the revised European Union procurement directive allows the desired outcome for the UK;
Tracking key international developments in BIM to enable the UK to maintain a leading position in the market.
Task Group chair Mark Bew said: “The reality is that BIM is the point at which many of the measures contained in the government construction strategy come together and the sector is beginning to reorganise itself to focus on vital deliverables of cutting cost, carbon and improving quality.
“It is clear to me that we are rapidly reaching a tipping point where BIM becomes mainstream within the sector. As our maturity in BIM utilisation rapidly expands in both the public and private demand-side sectors and creates the foundation for a ‘whole sector’ initiative the time is now right to explore how the UK can turn our BIM success in the domestic market in to international advantage.”