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Current Position and Associated Challenges of BIM Education in UK Higher Education



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April 25, 2015

BIM Academic Forum With the HM Government's 2011 Construction Strategy now gathering momentum the necessity for an informed and equipped workforce becomes a growing priority. Alongside this is the requirement on all HEI’s to respond to the changing need across industry, and although many programmes have begun to recognise this, the need for guidance and consistency has also come into focus. The BIM Academic Forum (BAF) is a group of representatives from a large number of UK universities and the BIM Task Group, which was established in late 2011 to respond to this need and to promote the academic aspects of BIM.

BAF operates under the following values and principles:


To foster integrated collaborative working on projects over the lifecycle of the asset through academic involvement and enhancement of BIM.


To create a dynamic group to develop and promote the training, learning and research aspects of BIM through strong collaboration and co-operation.


  • focus on and elevate the training and learning and research aspects of BIM;
  • collective promotion of BIM (expand wider market not extend own market);
  •  establish open medium for communication thus sharing knowledge, experience, case studies, views, etc.;
  • collaboration for joint activities and research projects;
  • collective voice in both teaching and learning and research matters, so to contribute to policy issues, funding priorities and agenda setting;
  • attempt to minimise duplication and create standard practices while celebrating diversity.


  • Professor Jason Underwood
  • Dr Oladotun Ayoade

Steering Group

  • Professor Farzad Khosrowshahi
  • Professor David Greenwood
  • Steve Pittard
  • Rob Garvey 

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