Environment expert Karen Alford joins BIM4Water Steering Group


Karen Alford, flood and coastal risk manager at The Environment Agency, has joined the BIM4Water Steering Group as a “nominated member”

The position is in recognition of Karen Alford’s work in the adoption of digital delivery in the UK water industry.

Jamie Mills, BIM4Water chair and systems engineer at Xylem Water Solutions UK, said: “I’m delighted that Karen is joining the steering group as our Nominated Member.

“Her experience and guidance will be invaluable to the water industry, especially now, as we move into AMP 7 and make significant strides in our digital transformation journey.”

On her new role, Karen Alford, said: “I am honoured to be joining the BIM4Water steering group.

“Seven years of practical experience implementing BIM across the whole asset life has given me insight into the challenges and opportunities it can bring to the water sector.”

Karen Alford will join the BIM4Water Steering Group with immediate effect.

What is BIM4Water?

BIM4Water is a cross-industry group open to all organisations involved in the management and delivery of water and wastewater assets. The group’s make up is reflective of the UK Water industry, comprising clients, contractors, consultants, suppliers, subcontractors and other bodies.

It was established in 2013 as part of the UK government BIM Task Group programme to encourage BIM across the water sector. The group has a mission “to lead the digital transformation of the water sector through Better Information Management” and provides a focus for setting standards and best practice.

BIM4Water is governed by a Steering Group, with representatives from the owner-operators, consultants, contractors and suppliers.

In line with the current roadmap, it currently has four working groups, which are:

  • The owner-operators
  • The Standard Libraries Group
  • The Benefits & Case Studies Group
  • The 4D Group.


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