RICS BIM4SME awards extend deadline to recognise more BIM talent

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The deadline for the RICS BIM4SME awards, which recognises industry talent and expertise, has been extended after it was inundated with nominations

More time has been given to enter the 2017 RICS BIM4SME Awards. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and BIM4SME, who run the awards, said they were inundated with nominations for annual award ceremony, which takes place throughout April to June across the UK. Now, those wishing to enter from will have more time to do so as the deadline has been moved from the 26 May to 7 August.

Recognition

The awards recognise those in the construction industry who are utilising BIM technology to deliver smarter and more sustainable buildings.

Free to enter, the awards were launched three years ago by RICS and BIM4SME to recognise small and medium enterprises that are successfully using BIM to deliver projects and initiatives. It focuses on projects that promote best practice and aims to show the importance of BIM for SME firms.

It is hoped by extending the deadline there will be more chance to raise awareness of this relatively new award.

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There are 10 categories that can be entered:

  1. Best use of BIM for Construction Sequencing
  2. Best use of BIM for use of Embedded Data
  3. Best use of BIM for Health & Safety
  4. Best use of BIM for Costing and Material Take-off
  5. Best Embedment of BIM into Contracts
  6. Best Virtual Reality BIM
  7. Best use of BIM for Sustainability
  8. Best use of BIM to enhance Model Coordination
  9. Best BIM project for Subcontractor Engagement
  10. Best overall BIM Project

Inspirational initiatives

Carolyn Robins, RICS Awards Manager said: “Our annual awards celebrate inspirational initiatives in each UK region’s land, property and construction sectors. This year, we were overwhelmed to see that each regional ceremony attracted a significant number of nominations from projects that had used BIM to deliver a more unique and sustainable scheme.

“So, with this in mind, we wanted to give these projects the opportunity to enter the BIM4SME Awards for free and be in with a chance of having their BIM talent recognised and rewarded.”

The 2017 RICS BIM4SME Awards will be announced at a ceremony on 12 September in London.

Speaking of the awards, Alan Muse, RICS Director of Built Environment Professional Groups commented on the RICS site, stating:  “The construction sector is growing in confidence in delivering BIM and the number of built projects we’re seeing utilise BIM is rising.

“As hardware, software and cloud applications herald greater capability to handle increasing amounts of raw data and information, use of BIM will become even more pronounced than it is in current projects. With this in mind, we’re looking forward to recognising and promoting the firms that are already ahead of the game, and driving the BIM agenda amongst their peers.”

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