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  1. BIM Protocol: it’s a sad reflection of the times when we need to focus minds on the legal implications of using BIM. BIM projects were in existence for almost 10 years before they decided to legislate. These projects did not carry the same level of risk as they were designed using the latest 3D technologies and work methods without legislative redress.

    Perhaps the fact that we have legislated instead of promoting natural progression is fundamental to the rise of legal concerns. This will undoubtedly lead to tighter controls which will prove to be counterproductive. Had we instead followed the example of a typical ISO9001 implementation then these issues would not arise.

    Skills Shortage: it would seem to me that a blinkered approach to employment is also a contributing factor. With the demise of the oil & gas industry there is an abundance of highly skilled engineers and designers currently unemployed that can’t get work in the building industry because we don’t have the mindset to recognise key transferable skills.

    We seem to pigeon hole people to fit jobs based on their main career industry instead of identifying their core capabilities. In fact employing oil & Gas people would benefit the building industry as quality, adherence to standards and cost control is a strict integral part of their industry moreso than the building industry.

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