Page 14

evolutionsummer2013

The ciriA neTWorK DRIVING CHANGE IN A PERIOD OF UNCERTAINTy Ben Kidd, CIRIA Network Manager, BIM has been given much attention recently discusses the challenges facing the with the Government pressing ahead with industry, the forthcoming Government its commitment to having all public sector Industrial Strategy for Construction, and procured projects up to Level 2 standard the opportunities for new approaches to by 2016, and a number of initiatives have smarter collaborative working emerged under the guise of the BIM Task Group to help with this agenda. To find At the time of my writing this article, I have out more about the BIM Task Group visit been in my new post as manager of the www.bimtaskgroup.org. CIRIA Network for just over six months, during which time there has a been a With support provided by BIS, CIRIA sustained period of low construction output hosted three knowledge-sharing round and continued uncertainty in the future. But table discussions in the first quarter of 2013. there is a case for optimism. Despite the These events explored the potential for bleak outlook, there is a growing sense that BIM to be applied in conjunction with other we are on the cusp of significant change in processes to realise the multiple benefits the industry, heralded by the forthcoming of sustainability, lean construction and Industrial Strategy for Construction – one closer collaborative working across the of only a select few sector strategies being supply chain. Ben Kidd, CIRIA Network Manager launched by the UK Government, and discussed later in this article. Building on CIRIA’s impressive track record in providing industry leading guidance Through the Network, CIRIA has cemented on infrastructure asset management, the its reputation as being at the forefront of CIRIA Network has hosted events focusing driving change in the industry by promoting on how data at both macro and micro good practice and further its collaborative, levels is crucial in overcoming some of the cross-sector and cross-disciplinary approach uncertainty associated with managing legacy to knowledge sharing across the industry. infrastructure assets and planning new Over the last 12 months the CIRIA infrastructure. On 28 February over 75 Network has held over 35 events attended people attended a joint CIRIA and British by almost 2000 delegates. CIRIA members Geological Survey event that highlighted are increasingly realising the benefits and how climate and natural hazard datasets, competitive advantage to be gained in being together with real time remote monitoring part of this process. data can be incorporated into everyday asset management practices and used for In the November 2012 edition of Evolution, better investment planning. A round table three series of thought leadership events hosted at the Crossrail-Bentley Academy were introduced, which the CIRIA Network on 14 March then explored how different would be promoting in 2013: infrastructure clients are adopting BIM Building Information Modelling (BIM) and and aligning it with their existing data construction productivity management systems. At the macro level, an event with Infrastructure UK infrastructure asset management on 16 April highlighted the forthcoming green infrastructure. pipeline of major infrastructure projects and emerging academic research on modelling infrastructure interdependencies and resilience, at both national and international scales. COMMUNITY • SHARING • LEARNING • CONNECTING 12


evolutionsummer2013
To see the actual publication please follow the link above