Faithful+Gould and University of Reading Collaborate on BIM Research

Nick Ledger
Driving innovation still further in the implementation of BIM we have launched a pioneering research project designed to critically evaluate current interfaces between project and cost consultancy and the wider construction supply chain.

The collaboration has resulted in an Engineering Doctorate research project, which over the next four years will help guide the development of Building Information Modelling (BIM) capability as our industry works towards the UK Government’s target to deliver Level 2 BIM for all publically funded projects by 2016.

This type of industry and education partnership will ensure that Faithful+Gould continue to be an effective, driving force in influencing the debate about Level 3 BIM.

This is an excellent example of Faithful+Gould driving innovation within our industry.

Adrian Malone, Faithful+Gould's Director

The project is a collaboration with the Technologies for Sustainable Built Environments (TSBE) Centre at the University of Reading. An Industrial Doctorate Centre focusing its research on Sustainable Building and Services Systems and Energy Management in Buildings and Infrastructure, the TSBE was established with EPSRC funding, confirming the University of Reading’s status as an international centre of excellence for construction technology, climate modelling and business enterprise research. For more information please visit www.reading.ac.uk/tsbe.

Victoria Fillingham will undertake the research, supervised by Dr Milan Radosavljevic and Dr Stephen Gulliver from the University of Reading and members of our own BIM working group, led by Adrian Malone. Over the next four years Victoria will split her time between the University and our office in London.

Victoria will identify how existing service delivery arrangements are challenged by BIM adoption the carbon economy, the research and will propose areas for change or improvement, such as legislation, client behaviour, investment criteria and funding models. In addition evaluation of the use of open and propriety information and software standards and formats will be undertaken.

Adrian Malone commented, “The Engineering Doctorate is a long term investment by Faithful+Gould and recognises the complexity of the change our industry will undertake over the coming years; however the research will begin to deliver benefits from an early stage through access to expert knowledge, networking, and contribution to our thought leadership. This is an excellent example of Faithful+Gould driving innovation within our industry.”