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Government called on to encourage use of BIM managing director John Minto has called for the government to encourage contractors to get involved with BIM.

According to Mr Minto, heating, ventilation and air conditioning contractors are ignoring the government’s drive to get the construction trades and architects to work together on 3D models.

“We understand that there is a severe lack of take up on the contractor side. That is appalling and needs to be addressed,” Mr Minto said.

“The government BIM strategy was announced in May 2011 but it is largely failing as far as contractors are concerned.”

He added that the idea is to cut costs, time and make buildings quicker and without clashes that cost so much money.

Mr Minto said: “People are worried BIM systems are too complex to use. They can’t afford the time or money. Expensive systems are lying idle – or are dramatically under-used.

“And meanwhile, less expensive systems that allow a far easier migration from traditional 2D drawing are not widely known. People need to know what’s out there.”

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