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Industry And Academia Join Forces At BIM Symposium

Team Seeks Low-Carbon Supply Chain

14 June 2016

Costain has been invited to take part in the Cardiff University School of Engineering’s first international BIM (Building Information Modelling) symposium.

The prestigious two-day event on 21 and 22 June looks at research, policy and industry implementation of BIM. It brings together a multinational group of leading BIM practitioners from academia and industry to investigate how research can assist the construction industry to make the most of BIM’s potential and help shape future BIM policy-making.

On day one Cardiff University researchers will present their BIM research, demonstrating the diverse opportunities for BIM. Day two will see a number of guest speakers from Europe, China and the US talk about BIM policy-making and industry implementation. They will include David Owens, Costain Design & BIM Manager, who is also an adviser to Highways England on BIM, and Karl Henderson, BIM Manager on the Costain M4 Corridor around Newport (M4CaN) project.

“This is the latest collaboration in what is a very productive, long-term relationship between Costain and Cardiff University,’ said David. “The University is looking to us, as a leader in BIM implementation, to articulate to an international audience what the UK industry is doing.”

David will be talking about early BIM adopter schemes such as Costain’s A556 project near Knutsford in Cheshire, while Karl will explain BIM implementation at the M4CaN project.

“We’ll be showing how BIM can drive efficiencies and improvements in a number of ways, with particular reference to delivery partners,” said David. “And we’ll be telling our audience that BIM isn’t just for Tier 1 and 2 contractors and suppliers - it needs to be implemented throughout the whole supply chain, and not only on major schemes but on all infrastructure projects.”

For more details about Cardiff BIM research and the event, go to:




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