Company awarded certification with support from KESS 2 student
23 August 2019
Engineering research student Alan Rawdin has helped Read Construction to become the first contractor in Wales and the UK to be awarded the Certification of Building Information Modelling (BIM) to ISO19650 business systems and processes by the BSI.
The certification was presented to Read Construction by the Minister for Economy and Transport, Ken Skates AM, at a ceremony in Mold on the 13th August.
Alan, who is undertaking a PhD at the School of Engineering with Professor Haijiang Li, has been working with Read Construction as part of a Knowledge Economy Skills Scholarship scheme (KESS 2) which is supported by the European Social Funds through the Welsh Government. The scheme links companies and organisations with researchers in universities in Wales to undertake collaborative research projects. Led by Bangor University, the scheme provides scholarships to research students to work with companies on collaborative projects leading to a PhD or research masters qualification.
Alan has been supporting the company with implementing and understanding the requirements, business processes and systems that need to be in place to implement the new BIM standard. Alan’s research project involves the use of BIM in quality assurance for multi-faceted projects, and he has shared his research knowledge through presentations to all 22 local authorities across Wales and also internationally in China.
The BIM for Smart Engineering centre at the School of Engineering works with a number of national and international companies in developing, not only new Open Standards related to BIM, but also tools for use by industry.
Professor Haijiang Li said: “We are delighted to contribute to this exciting achievement. We will continue to transfer our BIM knowledge to help to digitalize the construction industry in Wales and beyond”.