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To articulate the benefits case around the importance of interoperability to a wide audience, provide a set of clear learning outcomes and support the provision of targeted and digestible learning content feeding from the other BIEG work streams and topics they cover. 

Andy Boutle​, techinal lead

Andy has more than 19 years’ experience in the construction industry. He has spent the last seven years specifically working as a BIM specialist focussing on transforming information management within Kier Group. He also sits on the UK BIM Alliance executive team as engagement co-lead.​
Andy is focused on ensuring the foundations of information management are in place and promotes the importance of softer skills as well as the technical competencies required.  A champion of plain language and practical application, Andy is passionate about communicating in a clear, concise and consistent way.​

Aim: To provide targetted, digestible learning and upskilling resources relating to the technical content the BIEG develops to support industry adoption of interoperable information delivery.

Phil Read, deputy technical lead​

Phil has worked in the IT industry in various disciplines working for leading global organisations like Cisco Systems, BT and Man and Machine. During his career, Phil led sales and operational teams in the very early days of the Internet where networks and infrastructure relied on interoperability through the TCP/IP protocol stack. This remains the cornerstone of all our everyday internet-based communications today, including the digitisation of the built environment. Phil has been delivering training and consulting services throughout his career and is applying his practical knowledge in this area, together with his understanding of the importance of standards and interoperability to the Education Upskilling work stream.

Information Interoperability - Business Benefits Case

The BIEG has published a new Information interoperability: business benefits case tool, which helps organisations to understand and unlock the benefits of information interoperability. The tool is easy to use to identify the specific business benefits by organisation type and by role focus – strategic, management and delivery across five of the BIM Interoperability Expert Group workstreams. You can use the tool here.

Andy Boutle, workstream lead for communications and engagement - education and skills and head of BIM at Kier Construction, said, “I’m really pleased to go live with the business benefits case tool for information interoperability, which is the first piece of work to come out of the Education and Skills workstream. Interoperable information is key to unlocking the benefits of working to the standards and guidance set out within the UK BIM Framework.

“The development of this tool has been a collaborative effort, with input from the whole BIEG, to produce what we hope will be a useful resource, that helps support conversations with your colleagues, clients and suppliers around the plain language business benefits of interoperable information delivery - therefore we have taken an approach that looks at these benefits from the individual perspective of different types of organisation.

“You can begin to navigate through the tool by two initial approaches; either by your organisational type or by the interoperability topic. Either way you will end up being able to see the ‘value to you’ statements, key benefits and their relevance by role focus - strategic, management or delivery.

“We plan to continue to develop the tool with links between specific benefits and further learning and skills resources, so it becomes a centrally accessible learning resource for what the BIEG produces to support industry.”