New BIM website aims for one million users
A new website that aims to become the online destination for any contractor, consultant or client interested in furthering their knowledge of BIM has secured the support of Autodesk and Constructing Excellence.
The website, at www.theB1M.com, was launched today (December 7) and aims to be the “virtual” equivalent of the discussion forum provided by the CIC’s regional BIM hubs.
It has been set up by Fred Mills ICIOB, a procurement manager at contractor Osborne, and his business partner and IT specialist Tom Payne. Osborne is also supporting the project, as is Mills’ former employer Willmott Dixon.
The site hopes to attract a million registered users, who will each be asked to pay a nominal £2 towards the site’s running costs. Individuals and companies will be able to set up profiles, create case studies, post messages and contact other users.
“It’s a database for people to share their BIM learning experience, and really inspire other people,” said Mills. “We will use the money raised to invest in the site and invest in the promotion of BIM.”
On Autodesk’s involvement, he said: “We’re delighted – it gives a seal of approval to what we’re doing. To have a BIM market leader supporting us is ideal.
TheB1m.com is also hoping to sign up an architect and a consulting engineer to be early adopters, and has been in contact with the government’s BIM Task Group.
Mills said that 500 registrants had already signed up during a “pre-sale” of the site, with a surge of sign-ups expected today.