Scottish firm Hardies Property & Construction Consultants has introduced BIM as part of its “new era”…
Hardies Property & Construction Consultants is set to embrace BIM technology, as 11 new partners are appointed. The firm, which is Scotland’s largest multi-discipline surveying company, has 14 offices across the country.
Managing Partner Derek Ferrier said: “BIM, where we can understand a building through a digital model, is set to revolutionise our industry.
“We are now ready to embrace this new technology and it has come at the perfect time for us as we have undertaken a rigorous internal selection process to identify the staff members who are best equipped to deal with this new technology and have the right skills and enthusiasm for the task.”
The move comes as several long serving partners retired and have been replaced by new partners with an equity stake in the firm.
Ferrier added: “The construction industry is indeed undergoing a digital revolution at the moment.
“It is good news as we have finally come out of a long and gruelling recession and I think that everyone is ready to take on a fresh challenge and exploit this as best they can for the upturn which has already started.
“BIM is a way of working, it is information modelling and information management in a team environment. All our team members should be working to the same standards as one another – this is essential.”
“BIM creates value for the combined efforts of people, process and technology,” he said. “It is very exciting but a challenge for us of all in this industry.”
Specialist training has already begun at the firm and a BIM tsar has been appointed based at the Edinburgh office.
Ferrier said of the staff: “…they have completed other training courses and our Quantity Surveying team is now level 2 ready before the government requirement of 2016.
“We also have several live projects within Hardies that have a BIM requirement – it’s a great achievement.”