Welcome to the first issue for 2016 – a year full of deadlines and expected changes for all in the construction sector.
Steve Evans has reflected on much of this in his Foreword for this edition, so I won’t repeat the message here, but anyone involved in BIM or digital construction should not fail to see the fast approaching deadline of April 2016. This is the deadline set for when the government mandate for all government projects in the UK are to be level 2 BIM compliant. A loud message was delivered during 2015 – if you can’t be BIM friendly or compliant, you’re likely to lose out – in a big way.
Here at PBC Today, we’ve been helping to deliver the advice, help and guidance that should provide the detail that organisations need on their BIM journey, and this edition is no exception with Paul Griffiths, Head of BIM Strategy and Development at Ordnance Survey explaining how geospatial data, the Smart City and BIM will help solve our urban challenges.
The BIM section of this issue has articles from, amongst others; Karl Redmond, BIM4HEALTH & BIM4SME detailing how the future NHS Estates frameworks will fully support the BIM and GSL agenda; Joe Cilia, Technical Manager at FIS on whether specialist contractors are ready for the government’s mandating of level 2 BIM, and Andrew Butterfield, Global Head of Construction at BSI explaining how they can help organisations become BIM-ready.
Turning our attention to planning policy, Corina Crețu, EU Commissioner for Regional Policy outlines how Europe should be exploiting urban areas to their full potential, whilst Steven Pearson, planning consultant and legal author at Cedrec, discusses the implications of recent changes to UK planning law. Andy Moffat and Danielle Sinnett of the British Land Reclamation Society summarise how land reclamation, or brownfield development, can be used to address a housing shortage, returning land into ‘beneficial use’ – a topic that is likely to be a constant throughout this coming year and beyond.
As ever, there is too much content to discuss here, so please read on and get in touch with any comments and suggestions for future editions – it’s going to be a busy year!