1 September 2014
A group of construction professionals has published a report on building information modelling in the built environment.
Built Environment 2050: A Report On Our Digital Future is a compilation of essays authored by BIM2050 work stream leads, and is the result of the group's research into what an interdisciplinary scope of work may look like as construction technology develops to BIM Level 3 and beyond, towards 2050.
The BIM2050 group was formed by the Construction Industry Council (CIC) in September 2012 and comprises 18 young construction professionals under the chairmanship of David Philp, head of BIM, HM Government UK BIM Task Group.
It provides an assessment of the current situation and makes proposals for future development. The report focuses on three key areas: education and skills, technology and process and the culture of integration. It highlights the risks and challenges, and the opportunities and benefits that come with large-scale innovation and game-changing new technologies.
David Philp, BIM2050 chair, said: "The digital economy is fundamentally transforming the way we live and work and the UK construction industry will not be immune. It is essential, therefore that organisations, academia and individuals are prepared to adjust to potentially radical changes; they must question if they are moving quickly enough to make the necessary adaptations, which are often complex. This report envisions what the construction industry may be like come 2050 against the backdrop of a digitised built environment and what interventions should be considered if they are to be future-wise and seize the opportunity that an innovative and technologically advanced future offers."