The Construction Industry Council has appointed Pozzoni Architects IT's director and head of building information modelling, Mark Stodgell, as chairman of its BIM regional hub in the North West.
Stodgell will be chairing a meeting at the Centre for Constructing Innovation in Manchester before Easter, which will bring together various design, construction, client, supply-chain and facilities management bodies from around the region together with representatives for higher education.
It is hoped the hub will organise a conference in the summer with the aim of demystifying and raising awareness of BIM in the North West.
Building information modelling has been in the construction press for 18 months and the deadline for BIM use on public projects is 2016.
However, the CIC believes that many organisations are unaware that 2016 is the backstop and many government departments and local authorities are mandating its use today.
The CIC has been tasked with setting up a network of BIM regional hubs to help ensure that the most up-to-date and consistent information on the UK government Level 2 BIM programme is disseminated across the UK, and allow for a local feedback mechanism to the government BIM task group at a grass roots level.
The hubs will be the point of contact within their region for anyone wanting to know more about BIM and will aim to help design professionals, clients, contractors, facilities managers and their supply chains in the regions with their BIM queries.
Stodgell will be chairing the North West hub alongside his role at Pozzoni Architects IT.