On March 28th the first meeting to initiate the BIM for Manufacturers and Manufacturing Group took place. It was extremely well attended, with just under 40 representatives, and with a good mix of manufacturing companies, AEC and BIM specialists.
It was agreed that the group would be autonomous and Steve Thompson ( TATA Steel) was appointed Chairman with the initial task of getting the whole project up and running.
The group agreed a long term vision:
For the UK construction product manufacturing sector to be recognised as a world leader in the integration of BIM and manufacturing technologies to supply the products and solutions for a sustainable built environment
The group agreed that it will be a forum for members to share their knowledge and to input the manufacturing perspective into the Government BIM Task Group. Furthermore, it will promote case studies that demonstrate the integration of BIM data and manufacturing technologies and provide an education resource to encourage product manufacturers to take advantage of the opportunities inherent in BIM.
Three initial working groups were set up. The first to develop data templates and guidance directly targeted at the manufacturer. A second group was formed to build a second generation follow on to the CPA’s “BIM for the Terrified” publication. Finally, a Communications working group was formed to engage with the wider BIM community and to promote best practice sharing amongst manufacturers.
A discussion took place that covered potential subjects for research projects, some of the challenges the group would face, and a call for volunteers to sit on the groups; before Steve Thompson drew the meeting to a close.