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BIM4M2 (BIM for Manufacturers and Manufacturing) group, which our very own Gary Morton is a part of, aims for the UK construction product manufacturing sector to be recognised as a world leader in the integration of BIM. On 3rd February 2015, Barbour Product Search held a really interesting Twitter interview, #BIM4M2chat, with the group’s Chairman, Steve Thompson.  Find out all about it here. 

Much of the drive behind holding the Q&A session was the 2014 Building Information Modelling adoption survey conducted by BIM4M2 at the end of 2014. The UK-based questionnaire saw 188 volunteers take part in answering various questions about their BIM journey and it provided some very interesting results about how manufacturers create their BIM objects.

The Q&A started with Steve providing an overview of the group and how it supports product manufacturers.  Steve was then asked more about the survey where he explained the appetite for manufacturers to get involved in BIM was surprising with 40% already invested in BIM and 50% planning to in 2015.  However, Steve made it clear that international BIM solutions were key, not just UK solutions.

Other key areas for discussion were barriers for product manufacturers to adopt BIM and advice for those just starting the BIM journey including tools being developed by the group.  The Q&A also covered the difference between BIM objects and Products Data Templates (PDTs).  The session was then finished with Steve’s view on what will happen after April 2016.

The BIM4M2 group’s work is really helping BIM in manufacturing to be at the forefront of the industry.  As the first surface water management manufacturer to launch a BIM offering targeting civils and infrastructure projects, being a part of this group is key. The #BIM4M2chat in particular was a great way to give those involved not only a great overview of the group and the survey but also the ideal opportunity to put forward their questions.

To learn more about the BIM4M2 and their survey, see the full interview here in this Storify - https://storify.com/subutcher/bim4m2chat-talking-bim-with-product-manufacturers

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