Newcastle-based NBS welcomed Mark Bew MBE to its offices last week to deliver an industry talk on the ‘Digital Built Britain’ programme.
Mark, who chairs the UK BIM Task Group, spoke about the programme which is the next phase of the UK’s journey towards a new generation of smart infrastructure and construction.
The 50-strong audience listened intently as Mark touched on the journey the UK construction industry has been on, the praise for the sector getting ‘BIM ready’ for last year’s mandate and looked ahead to future trends including BIM Level 3, quantum computing, quantum sensing and smart cities.
Mark, who is also chairman of PCSG, said: “The progress made in the last six years or so has been fantastic but progress mustn’t stop there.
“We need to continue to drive the quality of data we’re using across the industry that will help drive trust, better use and better productivity for us all.
“UK figures show that from 2009 to 2014/15 the construction industry saved £1.2 billion through the efficiencies and benefits brought about through the use of BIM and digital engineering. In everyday terms those savings would equate to buying five schools and getting one for free, and those are the messages we need to be pushing to showcase the improvements and progress that the industry is making.”
UK figures show that from 2009 to 2014/15 the construction industry saved £1.2 billion through the efficiencies and benefits brought about through the use of BIM and digital engineering. In everyday terms those savings would equate to buying five schools and getting one for free.Mark Bew MBE
NBS Chief Executive Richard Waterhouse, who recently announced the news of NBS’ expansion into Canada and Australia, said: “To welcome such a key industry figure like Mark to our offices was a great privilege.
“Hearing again, that the progress made over the last six or seven years has catapulted the UK construction industry as leaders in digital information and digital construction in an international arena is fantastic.
“At NBS we’re passionate about digital construction and we know this passion is echoed across the industry, working collaboratively to realise the benefits in the development of BIM, smart cities and standardised data – accelerating towards a better built environment for everyone.”
The Digital Built Britain programme which will be led by Mark, with collaboration from Innovate UK and the Department of Business Energy and Industrial Strategy, BEIS, will bring together the development of BIM, smart cities, industrial controls and advanced manufacturing.
The programme will work to guide, inform and educate construction professionals to understand the connection between how buildings and infrastructure impact society and how using new technologies and quality data will help create smart cities that will keep the UK at the forefront of the world’s stage in terms of construction and digital excellence.
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