Digital Construction


BIM: The next generation

Digital Construction aims to develop and enhance the ways in which contractors and their supply chains work collaboratively using Building Information Modelling (BIM) on live projects. The programme is part funded by CITB through its Structured Fund.

The programme has been developed by the National Federation of Builders and is delivered through NFB Business & Skills in partnership with Project Five Consulting Ltd and Skyblue Research Ltd.

why digital construction?

There is plenty of evidence which suggests that, across the supply chain, the majority of organisations lack the skills to work collaboratively to support the use of BIM. The findings of the NFB’s BIM Early Adoption Programme and other industry surveys from organisations such as the NBS and Construction News, indicate that the supply chain requires support to develop the right skills and implement the right processes to support the use of BIM.

Several surveys also indicate a lack of a strategic approach for BIM on projects and a need for training for BIM Champions / Practitioners. There are also suggestions that there is a size bias, with BIM more likely to be used on larger projects and by larger contractors.

Digital Construction was conceived to meet these skills needs by providing support to contractors and their supply chains in a live project environment.

The Digital Construction Programme

The Digital Construction programme has been designed to support SME contractors and their supply chains to develop and embed knowledge and capability around BIM and collaborative working. The programme comprises structured training and consultancy, based on a series of modules to support project teams with understanding, implementing and delivering BIM and collaborative working in a live project environment.

What are the programme benefits?

The Digital Construction programme is project-based meaning that companies will benefit from learning by doing. We will embed skills within individuals and organisations and apply those skills on live projects. Specifically, Digital Construction will help to:

  • Embed a fundamental understanding of BIM among staff
  • Develop BIM Practitioners to drive the implementation of BIM on projects
  • Develop company and project-level processes for BIM
  • Support the development of software skills through technical support
  • Develop approaches to collaborative working across project supply chains
  • Provide valuable live project experience