GCU appoints visiting professors to bolster BIM expertise

10 December 2012

GCU appoints visiting professors to bolster BIM expertise

David Philp appointed BIM visiting professor at GCU

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) has appointed two visiting professors to enhance the University's activities and expertise in the area of Building Information Modelling (BIM).

David Philp has been seconded from his role as a Director within Balfour Beatty into the Cabinet Office where he is the UK Government's Head of BIM Implementation.  This unique position has given David an unrivalled understanding of delivering BIM at a strategic level.

Professor Chimnay Anumba, Head of the Department of Architectural Engineering at Pennsylvania State University in the USA, has been appointed a GCU Visiting Professor for the next three years. He is a leading expert in the field of Building Information Modelling (BIM) processes and technologies. He is past Chair of the European Group for Intelligent Computing in Engineering (Eg-ICE) and has been on the governing Council of the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE).

Building Information Modelling (BIM) uses software to create a model of a building and is designed to make an integrated and collaborative approach to construction possible.

BIM is a managed approach to the collection and exploitation of information across a project. At its heart is a computer-generated model containing all graphical and tabular information about the design, construction and operation of the asset.

At Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU), experts are - in partnership with our industry clients and standard setting organisations - developing knowledge on the implementation of BIM practices.

Building Information Modelling (BIM) at GCU is a centre of excellence with the aim of facilitating the construction industry’s uptake of Level 2 BIM and accelerating the progression to Level 3, a fully integrated and collaborative process utilising 4D construction sequencing, advanced cost information and project lifecycle management information.   

The Cabinet Office announced the Government’s new Construction Strategy in May 2011. The report announced the Government’s intention to require collaborative 3D BIM (with all project and asset information, documentation and data being electronic) on its projects by 2016.

This has spawned a lot of interest in BIM within the construction industry, however, the industry appears to be struggling to find its feet as to what it needs to have in place before BIM based projects become a mainstream reality.

There are various prerequisites that need to be in place, mostly in relation to process protocols and standards, before the UK Government’s ambitions for achieving the productivity and other improvements through BIM can be achieved.

One of the key factors in achieving successful supply-chain integration in the construction sector is the accuracy, effective flow and intelligent use of information which BIM will encourage.

At GCU, Professor Bimal Kumar is Professor of IT in Design and Construction in the School of Engineering and Built Environment and is the key contact for BIM at the University. He has worked with various technologies and processes related to BIM for several years and has taught BIM in various parts of the world including USA and Singapore.