Mike Ford

Digital / BIM Manager

University of the West of England

Biography

I’ve come from a background in Structural Design, I was an early adopter of 3D design tools and then later 3D BIM (Building Information Modelling). For the past 6 years I’ve worked for UWE Bristol where I’ve been trying to apply BIM to the broad world of facilities management.

To that end I’ve been very proud of the success we’ve had at the University. We’ve rapidly gone from a situation where we knew very little about BIM and how to apply it, to a situation where organisations are looking to UWE as an example of best practice.  In construction BIM information is passed from designer, to contractor, to client, where all too often it sits on a virtual shelf never to see the light of day again. I want to see FM getting the full value from building information and models, that’s why me and my team at UWE have been sharing our story and our journey.

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