This week BIMplus published a story on the most influential Twitter users in BIM, search #bimtwitter50 for more information.
This was a good opportunity for industry to nominate the people that influence them on BIM and promote BIM to a wider audience. It was announced that five on this list were architects, however after a little self revealing the total number is eleven. Why is this important? My view is that architects should be engaging with BIM and also should be leading some of the debate to ensure that their skills and ideas are brought into the future development of BIM. It is great that a fifth of the list is made up of architects but I still wonder about wider adoption and I particular the support architects are given to develop this further. As I have stated before I would like to see the RIBA take a greater role in this to ensure that architects are not left behind.
I am continually impressed with the RICS who have adopted a clear BIM strategy and are actively engaging their profession to learn, understand and implement BiM. An example of this is at the South BIM Hub meeting held at Portsmouth University this week, a group of Quantity Surveying students attended that have a compulsory BIM credit within the course. I am unsure if this is the case for architecture students but my suggestion is that it should be. I have some ideas for this with Portsmouth University that I will be discussing with them further in a couple of weeks.
To sum up, a good week for David Philp at the top of the list (RICS member) and for the architects nominated, congratulations all. More exciting work is required over time and I will be actively trying to achieve this for construction professionals as well as students.