Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) is working with construction company Mace to support the development of a new Building Information Modelling (BIM) strategy for Health Facilities Scotland, a division of the NHS which provides operational guidance to NHS Scotland bodies on a range of healthcare facilities topics.
BIM is a process involving the generation and management of digital representations of places to support decision-making about physical infrastructures.
The six month project will involve consultation with stakeholders and procurement managers at Health Facilities Scotland for the development of a BIM strategy, including a process map for BIM-based project procurement and delivery, the development of key BIM protocols and a client and supply chain BIM guide.
Led by Professor Bimal Kumar, Professor of IT in Design and Construction, the team will assist Health Facilities Scotland in developing proposals for the development of Scottish BIM working groups.
Professor Kumar has taught BIM in several parts of the world including the USA and Singapore as a Visiting Professor at Stanford University (USA) and National University of Singapore (NUS). He is the founding Secretary of the European Group for Intelligent Computing in Engineering (EG-ICE) and sat on the Scottish Government’s Building Standards Advisory Committee (BSAC) for almost a decade. Professor Kumar’s research interests lie in advanced engineering informatics applications in integrated design and construction, collaborative workflow and processes and project management.
The GCU team is working closely with Professor David Philp, Head of Implementation for the UK Cabinet Office’s BIM Task Group and Head of BIM at Mace Ltd.