The 4th Government BIM (Building Information Modelling) Symposium was held on 11 October 2016 in Beijing. This is the first time the Government BIM Symposium was held in China (the previous 3 programmes were hosted by Singapore). The objective of the event is to provide a forum for public sector agencies within the Asia Pacific region to share learning points, explore collaboration in applied BIM R & D, and work towards harmonization of BIM standards within the Asia-Pacific region and other regions.
Adam Matthews who is International Development Director for the UK Government’s BIM Task Group attended the event. He is also Chairman of the European Union BIM Task Group, a public sector network including representatives of over 20 nations.
Among Chinese participating organisations are China Institute of Building Standard Design & Research and China Railway BIM Alliance, China Railway Construction Management Department, Chinese Academy of Engineering, Tsinghua University, Shanghai Government, etc.
The UK government BIM strategy has seen BIM adoption increased from 13% in 2010 to 54% in 2015, and as the result, has saved 20% of the construction project cost worthy of £2bn.
UK BIM adoption rate tops the international league table at the moment and will continue to lead the world thanks to government strategy. There is great scope for UK China cooperation in this area.