New chief construction adviser Peter Hansford has stressed the importance of building information modelling (BIM) to the industry’s future. “BIM is a catalyst for a more collaborative way of working. It is a key agent for economic growth,” Hansford said at the launch of BIM2050 in London this month.

BIM2050 brings together 17 young construction professionals to consider future digital technologies, including BIM. Chaired by David Philp, head of BIM at Mace, BIM 2050 members include Rebecca De Cicco of KSS Design Group, Stefan Mordue of NBS, and Zane Ulhaq of BRE.

The group will focus on:

  • Education and skills: considering both formal and vocational education, while highlighting the skills needed for a life-long career in the built environment
  • Culture of integration: how to promote the beliefs, values and behaviours in construction industry stakeholders (both individuals and organisations) that facilitate trust and information sharing
  • Technology and process: how to liberate the benefits technology can bring to the built environment.

The group’s findings will be one of a number of pieces of work that will feed into the new industrial strategy for construction, which Hansford is leading with government. He will chair a newly formed construction industrial strategy advisory council (CISAC), which is formulating a strategy looking ahead to 2025. Members of CISAC include: Mark Clare, group chief executive of Barratt Developments; Geoff Cooper, chief executive of Travis Perkins; Denise Bower, professor in engineering project management at the University of Leeds; and Neil Sachdev, property director of Sainsbury’s. The group will publish its report in the summer.