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RGU lecturer co-authors new book


A lecturer at Robert Gordon University (RGU) has co-authored a book aimed at helping architecture, engineering and construction SMEs prepare for a UK Government programme.

Tahar Kouider, Programme Leader of Undergraduate and MSc Design Management programmes at RGU's Scott Sutherland School of Architecture and Built Environment, alongside James Harty, who lectures at the Copenhagen School of Design & Technology, and architect Graham Paterson, has written ‘Getting to Grips with BIM: A Guide for Small and Medium-Sized Architecture, Engineering and Construction Firms’, published by Routledge.

The UK Government is aiming for all public sector construction projects to adopt Building Information Modelling (BIM) technologies, process and collaborative behaviours in order to promote new more efficient ways of working at all stages of the project life-cycle. It set out the strategy four years ago, with the target that the industry would be ready to adopt level 2 BIM by 2016 (2017 in Scotland).

Mr Kouider said: “With the UK Government’s 2016 BIM threshold approaching, support for small organisations on interpreting, filtering and applying BIM protocols and standards is urgently required.

“Many small UK construction industry supply chain firms are uncertain about what Level 2 BIM involves and are unsure about how to take the first steps towards having BIM capability.”

He added: “As digitisation increasingly impacts on work practices, ‘Getting to Grips with BIM’ offers an insight into an industry in change alongside practical guidance on managing the transition towards more widespread and integrated use of digital tools to manage the design, construction and whole life use of buildings.”

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Jenny RushCommunications Officer | Design and Technology