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UK BIM Alliance to launch Back to BIM Basics initiative to address lack of BIM adoption among SMEs


The UK BIM Alliance has announced the launch of its “Back to BIM Basics” initiative in the first half of 2021. The initiative is aimed at addressing the lack of BIM adoption among SMEs, reported BIM+.

As part of the initiative, short instructional videos and virtual events will be conducted to answer the five most common questions that businesses ask about BIM:

  • What is BIM?
  • Why adopt BIM?
  • How do I implement BIM?
  • What is the right software to use?
  • How do I effectively manage my data?

The videos and events will be completely multi-disciplinary and cover the entire project life cycle for BIM adoption.

Nigel Davies, Director of Evolve Consultancy and leader of the Alliance’s South West arm, introduced the initiative during its Q4 Forum.

He said, “If you can answer those questions, you are ‘doing BIM’. This is not experts saying: ‘thou shalt do’; it’s trying to get the perspectives of people in the industry – it’s ‘by the people, for the people’.

In the past two years, every report that comes out has some comment about digital skills and the level of understanding in the industry. We’ve made great efforts across the Alliance to address this, the BIM4 groups, the communities and some absolutely fantastic resources [for example], but even with that guidance, we’re still bombarded with acronyms that we understand and use in everyday conversation, but the general industry doesn’t.

And ISO 19650 – as great as it is – introduces a whole series of terms that people simply don’t understand: appointing party, federation strategies – all these things are new.

People don’t understand what it means to them and their business. We’ve got to simplify this and talk about it in a language that everyone understands and sees the relevance for them.”

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