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£1.5M Competition - A digital tool for Building Information Modeling

The Technology Strategy Board are running this SBRI competition in partnership with the BIM Task Group and the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills (BIS) to support the development of a free-to-use digital tool that can exploit the standards being made publicly available for building information modelling (BIM).


As a process, BIM involves the sharing of three-dimensional data by all those responsible for the design, construction and operation of buildings and infrastructure in the built environment. 


This competition will bring together the construction, digital and high- powered computing communities.


A free-to-use tool has the potential to transform the procurement of buildings and infrastructure, and not just in home markets. It will place the UK in a global leadership position and provide overseas growth opportunities. 


In phase 1, up to £50k is available for feasibility studies of up to six weeks. In phase 2, a single participant from phase 1 may receive up to £1m for a six-month project of further development. In both phases, successful applicants will receive development contracts funded at 100%. 


Development contracts will be awarded to a single organisation. Applicants are encouraged to collaborate with other organisations, on a sub-contractor basis, to enhance their solution. It is the responsibility of the main contractor to manage sub-contractors.


For more information click here



2 people have had something to say so far

'Modelling' is spelt with two 'l's!
Posted on 12/02/14 17:32.
So, what happened?
Building Information Modeling appeared in the 1980s, there are dozens of firms marketing software packages. Very useful in fact as I have had my electrical engineering installation work disrupted when a large pipe or other service came along the same path on site.

Not sure what this "competition" is designed to do. I often wonder if these guys have ever worked in the real world and know what is happening.
I would guess that some small spinout or consortium of academics got the cash and blew it, the information on the website is a little vague and most projects are closed with no information about success or failure all we know is that the money disappeared in time.
The norm is failure otherwise they would join the "success stories" and be hailed as life changing, ground breaking disruptive innovations.
Posted on 29/05/15 13:36.

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