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Data control advice from BIM working group

05 February 2018

Challenges with managing product data will be addressed with the new working group formed by the UK BIM Alliance, including its use and management.

Led by social strategist and executive team member Su Butcher, the group was formed following a meeting of key stakeholders last month.

Led by Ms Butcher and UK BIM Alliance chair Anne Kemp, the latter described the initiative as "essential to bring the industry together on this difficult topic.

"It also demonstrates how the alliance can provide independent leadership and identify and fill the gaps that are preventing implementation of BIM," said Ms Kemp.

The working group members will work on a voluntary basis and intends to spend three months "consulting widely", according to the official announcement.

A report will then be created to identify areas where solutions are in place, along with areas in need of investigation and where further is required.

Ms Butcher stated that both manufacturers and architects are unwilling to become more involved with BIM "and clients and contractors have issues, too".

"The aim of the alliance is to move us along with the journey to resolve those issues, and bring the whole industry with us," said Ms Butcher.

Those wishing to offer their services to the group can do so by emailing

Although the use of BIM is mandatory for all public sector construction projects, there is a notable absence of the BIM model being passed on to FMs.

This is a topic discussed by the PFM Editorial Advisory Board, who have stated this is largely due to lack of budget, with with those involved unwilling to take on the cost of integration or responsibility for managing the software and data.

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