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19th November 2015
Published by: Dunfermline Press

Consultants say future’s digital and get on board

As part of a new era which has seen it appoint 11 new partners to lead the firm forwards, Hardies Property & Construction Consultants has introduced a working knowledge of BIM (Building Information Modelling).

"BIM, where we can understand a building through a digital model, is set to revolutionise our industry,” said Hardies’ managing partner Derek Ferrier.  “We are now ready to embrace this new technology and it has come at the perfect time for us as we have undertaken a rigorous internal selection process to identify the staff members best equipped to deal with it and have the right skills and enthusiasm for the task.”

Mr Ferrier revealed with several long serving partners retiring, Hardies appointed some new, younger partners with an equity stake in the firm.  Hardies is Scotland’s largest multi-discipline surveying firm with 14 offices across the country.

“The construction industry is indeed undergoing a digital revolution at the moment,” said Derek.  “It is good news as we have finally come out of a long and gruelling recession and I think everyone is ready to take on a fresh challenge and exploit this as best they can for the upturn which has already started.

“BIM is a way of working, it is information modelling and information management in a team environment.  All our team members should be working to the same standards as one another – this is essential.”

“BIM creates value for the combined efforts of people, process and technology.  It is very exciting but a challenge for us of all in this industry.”

Mr Ferrier said that Hardies had already begun specialist training and has appointed a BIM “Tsar” for the firm, quantity surveyor Simon Beveridge in the Edinburgh office.

“Simon and a few other staff have completed BIM training, when they undertook an intensive course,” said Derek”.  “Since then, they have completed other training courses and our quantity surveying team is now level two-ready before the Government requirement of 2016.

“We also have several live projects within Hardies that have a BIM requirement – it’s a great achievement.

“Simon was the best man for the job as he had experience of BIM training in the States where he worked for a couple of years,” added Mr Ferrier.

“He returned to us two years ago and we are delighted to have him.  He has been instrumental in driving this initiative forward.”

Hardies is also currently supporting students and graduates in the industry.  The firm kept its graduate training schemes in operation right through the recession.

At the moment, two female students from Midlothian are being supported by Hardies while they study at Napier University to become a building and quantity surveyor respectively.  Both girls are looking to gain vital work experience working on Hardies’ latest schools projects in the area.

Mr Ferrier added: “We usually only take one student a year in our sponsorship and employment scheme but we couldn’t decide between Laura and Kirsten as they are both excellent candidates, so we decided to take them both on.”

He explained that the girls will get £1,000 a year to help them with their studies, plus they will be paid a “living wage” rate to work with Hardies in its Dalkeith office when they are not at university. – for example, during the Christmas and summer holidays.

When they graduate, Hardies will also guarantee each of them a full-time post for two years.

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