Building Products’ BIM round table brings the supply chain together @buildingprodmag


Here’s a short summary of a round table discussion I recently participated in.

Chaired by James Parker, editor of Building Products, the intention of the round table discussion was to thrash out a few issues in relation to the position of manufacturers within the BIM process.

There were lots of points raised, including the need for some clear, concise industry guidance to manufacturers as to ‘what’ they need to provide the industry with at the design and construction stages.  Manufacturers were pointed repeatedly to the Government’s BIM Task Group website as a common source of information and guidance as not many knew it even existed…

In addition to me, those included in the discussions were:

Simon Rawlinson
Head of strategic research and insight, EC Harris
Liam Brady
Town Hall complex client programme manager, Manchester City Council
Peter Trebilcock
Director of BIM, Balfour Beatty
Steve Cookson
Technical services manager, liquid applied membranes, Sika
Frank Werling
Head of technical, engineering and design, Metsä Wood
Paul Evans
Head of marketing, Celotex
David Gillies
Product marketing manager, automatics, Dorma
Paul Woddy
Author and consultant, White Frog Publishing
John Wilson
Technical manager, Lakesmere

There were discussions about different types of data for different stages.  What’s in the model at each stage? What can be relied upon at each stage? How much do we include? How much is performance design data versus product manufacturer’s data?


(excuse the dodgy facial expression – the photographer obviously didn’t like me!)

One massively ironic statement during the early stages of discussion was one that outlined the

‘massive sacrifices made by some companies in the adoption of BIM processes and technology’

The irony being that the discussion was being held in the Medal Room at the headquarters of our oldest army regiment, the Honourable Artillery Company.  Surrounded by a vast array of medals awarded for bravery and ACTUAL sacrifices, it seemed absurd that such a comment be made!  Let’s just put things into perspective for a moment and understand that all we are looking to do is modify the way we work to create greater business efficiencies and reduce waste in our processes.


The full report can be downloaded from the following link and is well worth a read to see where the challenges lie for full supply chain integration:

Comments would be appreciated, manufacturers are increasingly talking about BIM and they need guidance… let’s all help them along.



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