The University of Huddersfield is to seal a close collaboration with one of the world’s largest construction firms, helping to develop its use of a vital new technology.
There will also be major opportunities for research staff and students, including work placements and possible employment.
The company is Beijing Construction Engineering Group (BCEG).
Ranked as one of the world’s top 50 contractors, employing some 20,000 around the world, it has launched a UK division. When it became part of a consortium investing £800m in Manchester Airport City to develop surrounding business, the news was announced by the Chancellor of the Exchequer George Osborne in person.
Now a Memorandum of Understanding has been drawn up between BCEG UK and the University of Huddersfield, where staff and students at the School of Art, Design and Architecture have developed expertise in Building Information Modelling (BIM).
Song Wu, Professor of Surveying and IT at the University of Huddersfield, explained:
“BIM improves collaboration at the design stage, reduces changes during construction and also improves facility management at the operational stage.”
Song Wu has been instrumental in securing the prestigious five-year Memorandum of Understanding with BCEG, and the key objectives are to develop the construction giant’s expertise in lean construction, healthcare infrastructure and capacity in BIM. This will be done by holding workshops, live projects and will be boosted by research from University staff and students.
Joint projects will be developed, special events will be held and there will be placement opportunities at BCEG for undergraduate and postgraduate students of the University, where the School of Art, Design and Architecture has a new MSc course, entitled Design Integrationand Building Information Modelling, launched in September 2015.
Another of the areas of co-operation drawn up as part of the Memorandum of Understanding is the possibility of full-time posts with BCEG for graduates of the University.