In a bid to drive a greater understanding and support the implementation of BIM in the fit-out and finishing world, UK BIM Alliance is delighted to announce a formal affiliation with the trade body for the sector Finishes and Interiors Sector (FIS).

Iain Mcilwee, Finishes and Interiors Sector (FIS) CEO “There is little doubt that, as construction reinvents itself in the post COVID/post Grenfell era, the Digital Revolution is here.  If we look at the reforms that will be driven through regulatory requirements or commercial drivers linked to  productivity and quality, how we create and share information through the specification and construction process is key.  BIM was always going to struggle to live up to the early hype, but the principles of BIM are already helping us to adapt and change and with greater standardisation and simplification, it will help us to deliver the golden thread along with the structural and cultural changes that we need to see.   We are very much looking forward to aligning and working more closely with the UK BIM Alliance and helping our community to understand and implement these changes – like with BIM itself, collaboration is everything.”

Andy Boutle, UK BIM Alliance Engagement Co-Lead “We are delighted to welcome FIS to the affiliate programme who already have an active Digital Working Group focussing efforts in this area .  We look forward to supporting and coordinating future activities together.”

The Affiliate programme aims to bring together the professional institutions, trade associations and any other industry organisations to provide a consistent message and coordinated approach to digital transformation, working across silos to a shared objective.

About the UK BIM Alliance
We are here to support the built environment sector take the first fundamental step in their journey to digital transformation.  The UK BIM Alliance aims to ensure BIM becomes business as usual whilst at the same time, transforming and future proofing the way the industry work.  The UK BIM Alliance is also the UK & Ireland chapter of buildingSMART.  For more information visit the website.

About the Finishes and Interiors Sector
FIS is the representative body for the £10 billion finishes and interiors sector in the UK.  The FIS membership is drawn from contractors, manufacturers and distributors of ceilings, steel framing systems, partitions, operable walls, plastering, drylining, and specialist interior fit-out and refurbishment businesses.

FIS exists to support its members, improve safety, minimise risk, enhance productivity and drive innovation in the sector.  As well as specialist publications, technical support and expert helplines, FIS is a dynamic network that brings the sector together through a range of events, awards and specialist working groups, all aimed at sharing best practice, setting standards and advising Government, that help its members to improve performance and win work.

For more information visit the website.