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David Philp leaves Balfour Beatty

Mace has appointed David Philp as its head of BIM, with the Cabinet Office head of BIM implementation set to continue his work with government.

Mr Philp will start work with Mace on January 28, following almost 20 years with Balfour Beatty, as Mace takes a three-year plan to implement BIM across the entire property lifecycle on 50 per cent of its projects.

Mr Philp told H&V News he was excited by the new challenge of working internationally on BIM with Mace, and that he will remain embedded within the government’s BIM team.

Writing for H&V News in June, Mr Philp said: “The BIM value proposition of improved efficiency is undoubtedly scaleable (from a new-build school to a kitchen replacement, from road repairs to a prison refurbishment) and affords many prizes for an SME, irrespective of their position in the construction landscape.”

Mace says it already uses BIM in concept, design, detail design, construction and post completion across more than 30 percent of its projects but wants to increase that to 50 per cent within three years.

The contractor said the BIM expert would “further drive the progress of the company’s vision and BIM objectives and implement activity processes and procedures”.

It added that his focus will be to develop BIM’s role across the entire property lifecycle.

Mr Philp also chairs a series of working groups such as the BIM 2050 Group and BIM for SMEs, and is a professor at Glasgow Caledonian University’s School of Engineering and the Built Environment.

He said: “Mace has a reputation for innovation and has the opportunity to be a leader in BIM. The company has a very strong purpose and vision for what it wants to achieve and how it wants to integrate BIM at all stages of the property lifecycle. This is an exciting move for me.”

Mace director for preconstruction, engineering and design, Phil Brown, said: “We are delighted to have David on board; he is a leader in BIM integration and his ideas align with what we want to achieve.

“I look forward to working with him to develop the BIM service within Mace and deliver innovative integrated solutions for our clients.”

The government wants to have BIM mandated in public sector contracts by 2015/16, and clients including the Ministry of Justice are aiming to go quicker, including mandating by next year.

Balfour Beatty chief executive Mike Peasland was appointed as the chair of a new BIM supply chain working group, supporting the government’s BIM task group last month.

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