Digital Life, BIM Level 2 and the Third Industrial Revolution

With volume II of our successful BIM eBook, BIM Digest, to be released next quarter, we catch up with what one of our contributors had to say in Vol I (published just prior to the April 2016 UK BIM mandate). John Eynon (Open Water Consulting, UK BIM Regions CIC & Digital Node) takes a topical overview of the issues surrounding BIM with the mandate looming. Perhaps unsurprisingly, much of what he asserts remains highly pertinent today.

Rapid ROI after BIM implementation

BIM. Everyone’s heard of it and (according to a McGraw Hill 2012 SmartMarket report*), the majority of North American MEP contractors have leveraged it. However, while some firms might be fully-fledged converts, others remain unconvinced as to whether BIM adoption will ever deliver a measurable return on investment (ROI).

Boosting Business with buy-In BIM

It’s coming - ready or not. The world over, AEC stakeholders are hearing more and more about BIM. However, it’s an incontrovertible fact that – particularly among SMEs and subcontractors – there’s still some cynicism as to how implementing BIM is going to make sense in terms of both financial and time outlay.

Seven ways to cut costs on construction projects

Wastage and excess expenditure are the onsite nightmare of everyone involved in the construction process. Here are seven key ways you can keep overspend in check and complete projects on time and within budget.

Small construction firm success

According to the Office of National Statistics, 78% of UK adults accessed the internet every day in 2015. Online searches are now the primary means by which most people find goods and services. With this in mind, an online presence is essential to any successful trader, whatever their size.

Five Top Tips for a happy and productive workforce

In our industry, it's never been more important to value diversity and inclusion among your workforce. A broader range of people mean a richer, deeper pool of talent at your disposal. Here, we offer our top five tips to making sure you run a happy ship where every employee is determined to sail towards success.   

BIM: The Law And You

When I started in my career as a contracts manager I produced electrical layouts for buildings using a pen and paper on a drawing board. The move from this process through CAD to BIM has resulted in, on one hand very little changes and on the other large differences which are now revolutionising the construction industry.

Pourquoi les robots ne remplaceront jamais les personnes

Vous aurez du mal à trouver un secteur industriel non impacté d'une façon ou d'une autre par les technologies, et celui du bâtiment n'y fait pas exception. L'utilisation croissante de technologies – de la robotique en particulier – a fait naître la crainte que nos emplois sont en danger et qu'ils seront bientôt relégués au passé tandis que la dernière vague d'intelligence artificielle pose des briques et conçoit les plans de grands projets de construction.

Make a killing with forensic ROI

Portable, accurate, fast and significantly cheaper than other technologies, robotic total stations are playing an increasingly vital role in crime scene mapping the world over. However, they are more often used in the AEC industry where surveyors, contractors and sub-contractors are progressively reaping the rewards of greater efficiency and accuracy they provide. Happily, thanks to Trimble’s Field Link for MEP, it needn’t be murder for even the smallest businesses to benefit from using robotic total stations for layout.

Teaming up with tech

The time has come for electrical contractors to gear up for BIM – and make the most of it. Chris Quirk of, Trimble MEP, explains how BIM can be combined with scanning and field positioning technologies in refurbishment and new build projects

BIM: For Pleasure & For Profit

Our industry has many acronyms, but one in particular has been impossible to escape in recent years. As an MEP Engineer or contractor, you’ve no doubt heard it too. BIM. I ask you to park everything you have heard for the next few minutes whilst I unpick the hyperbole and try to make some sense of the madness.

BIM & Design: From Architects to Subcontractors – Who does what?

We’re often told how BIM will revolutionise the design and build process and that collaboration is key. We’re also frequently reminded that BIM is less about technology than it is about people and processes. What isn’t always immediately clear is where each of us sits, and where our responsibilities lie, in the BIM process.

BIM & Design Quiz

BIM. We’ve all heard of it. In fact, it's rare that someone, somewhere, isn't talking about it but what does it mean to different people throughout the design/build process? Test your knowledge BIM knowledge in our quick quiz.

Fraud Risk - People Change Things as Things Change People

With estimates suggesting that fraud and corruption could account for as much as 5-10% of total turnover in the global construction industry, it’s safe to say both present a significant threat to growth. However, whatever the size of your business and contracts, there are some steps you can take to safeguard your company’s income and reputation from falling foul of fraudulent activity that robs the AEC sector of approximately $1 trillion US Dollars annually.

Construction & An Ageing Population

Construction is one of the main pillars propping up the UK economy. And it’s a far-reaching industry, going way beyond hard hats and scaffolding to take in civil engineering, architecture, and even Kirstie and Phil. Generally, it’s high-cost/high-risk stuff, so it’s a decent litmus test of how the economy is doing. Right now, investment is on the up. But there’s just one thing we didn’t get planning permission for: a skills shortage.