GCU leads the way in BIM

24 January 2013

GCU leads the way in BIM

Prof. Anumba is one of two new visiting professors

Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) has cemented its position at the forefront of construction technology and research with the opening of Scotland’s first centre of expertise in Building Information Modelling (BIM).

The University already has a strong reputation for innovative research with the last Research Assessment Exercise ranking GCU in the top 20 universities in the UK for its research in the built and natural environment, while research on sustainable urban environments and building design as well as in the field of waste management and recycling makes GCU one of the leading universities in Scotland in these subject areas.

The implementation of BIM promotes collaborative working and offers significant opportunities for increased efficiencies in the way construction projects are designed, delivered and operated. This drive to BIM has been stimulated by the UK Government’s Construction Strategy which mandates that from 2016, Level 2 BIM is implemented on all public sector contracts.

To support the strategic development of the Centre and ensure that GCU stays at the forefront of BIM, the university has appointed two visiting professors.

David Philp has been seconded on a part time basis from his role as global Head of BIM at MACE to the Cabinet Office as the UK Government’s Head of BIM Implementation. As part of this role he sits within the UK BIM Task Group who are co-ordinating the UK BIM processes (PAS1192:2 and 3) and BIM protocols as well as EU and Local Authority BIM adoption. David brings a wide range of experience and in depth knowledge on the implementation and development of BIM, its protocols and opportunities and will play an active role in the Centre’s research and delivery of support for industry. 

He said: “BIM is not so much about the technology or process but is instead more about changing the way we work together to help realise better outcomes at all stages of the asset lifecycle and liberate maximum value for all parties.  I am delighted to be working with GCU to help fully capitalise on the benefits for the industry and help create a better (BIM enabled) future built environment.”

Professor Chimay J Anumba is a leading global expert on Construction Informatics who, with colleagues at Pennsylvania State University, has produced the world’s first BIM Project Execution Planning guide and the BIM Owners’ Guide. The Head of the Department of Architectural Engineering at Pennsylvania State University, he is a former Chair of the European Group for Intelligent Computing in Engineering (EG-ICE) and is a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering. 

He said: “Building Information Modelling (BIM) is increasingly being adopted as a platform for collaboration within the AEC (Architecture, Engineering and Construction) sector. I am pleased to see GCU’s dedication to moving the construction industry forward through the establishment of a BIM Centre.  Here at Penn State, we are leading efforts to embed BIM into the educational curriculum and to develop guides that will facilitate the effective implementation of BIM.  Our partnership with GCU will enable us to bring complementary expertise together in moving the BIM agenda and the industry forward.”

The GCU BIM centre of expertise aims to facilitate the construction industry’s uptake of Level 2 BIM and accelerate the progression to Level 3, a fully-integrated and collaborative process for project lifecycle information management. The Centre aims to be at the forefront of supporting the industry by providing:

  • Tailor-made CPD courses at introductory, medium and advanced levels  
  • Consultancy on aspects of BIM Process Planning & implementation
  • High level research. 

With support from GCU partners, the Centre plans to offer practical support and guidance to the construction industry in Scotland through ongoing interactions with the industry in order to inform and shape its training and research programs. 


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