Becoming BIM ready

For suppliers who aspire to work and supply major public infrastructure projects such as rail, highways, schools and public health projects – BIM level 2 is no longer a nice to have but an essential skill set. West Midlands businesses are encouraged to attend a valuable FREE BIM workshop this summer to learn more …

On Monday 13th June, dozens of delegates from West Midlands businesses will converge on the Sandwell Business Solutions Centre, CAP Centre in Smethwick for ‘Building Information Modelling (BIM) awareness workshop.

The 1/2 day awareness session is being jointly organised by Sandwell Council and Offsite Management School. They want to champion BIM level 2 to the region’s supply chain and encourage them to adopt BIM so that they can win work on the £multi-million public projects set for the West Midlands including the £430m Midland Metropolitan hospital in Smethwick.

Offsite Management School to host valuable BIM event at Sandwell BIM Technologies & Skills Development Suite

Offsite Management School to host valuable BIM event at Sandwell BIM Technologies & Skills Development Suite

David Emery, director of architectural and design consultancy Virtechs – which specialises in BIM – will be facilitating the morning session offering practical advice for SMEs’.

David said there are several reasons why manufacturing and engineering SMEs should embrace BIM techniques:

“Building Information Modelling is at the heart of the UK government’s Construction Strategy which seeks to drive down costs through innovation and collaboration.

“Far from being purely a technology, BIM is, first and foremost, a business process which – although it exploits technology – requires the building of long-term relationships and trust between businesses for their mutual benefit.

“By sharing and exchanging better building data, businesses can have access to the information they need at the time they need it.”

It is essential for the region’s SMEs to keep up with technological advances such as BIM.

“The West Midlands is a hotbed of manufacturing, construction and engineering talent, and we see BIM as a creative way to give our businesses a competitive advantage.

“We really do have a world-class manufacturing base and it’s important to see innovation, continual advancements and specialist skill sets being channelled into making our region’s supply chain more competitive. We are keen to support the skills development of small companies with practical assistance to ensure they can meet the legislative requirements of BIM level 2 compliance.”


Steve Massey, Sandwell Council’s supply chain development officer said: “We are delighted to be co-hosting this event, which will serve as a showcase for BIM adoption to the very best that the Black Country, Birmingham and the wider West Midlands’ construction supply chain has to offer.

“I hope that as many of the region’s businesses as possible will sign up to take advantage of this fantastic opportunity to win new business, build strong relationships and ensure that they are up to date with the latest technological advances, giving them a real business advantage going forward.”

‘Building Information Modelling (BIM) Awareness workshop with Offsite Management School takes place on-

When:- Monday 13th June 2016.

Timings:- 09:30 and 12:30

Where:- Business Solutions Centre, CAP Centre, BIM Technologies & Skills Development Suite, Windmill Lane, Smethwick, West Midlands B66 3LX.

Who should attend:– Ideal for Manufacturers, Sub-contractors, Estates, Property, MEP services & Facilities Managers and Business Development professionals looking for client direction on BIM applications.

Attending will provide you with an excellent insight into Building Information Modelling. Our FREE workshop will enable you to hear from Virtechs and the business case for BIM level 2 and what it takes to reach this standard including.

  • Government BIM Policy
  • The New Midlands Metropolitan Hospital
  • What does a Tier 1 contractor want from the supply chain?
  • How can manufacturers and suppliers engage with BIM?
  • Practical resources and solutions

To Book:- For more information about course details and availability, contact Offsite Management School – please phone Rosie on 0207 697 1977