BIM QnA with Ralph Montague and Louise Kelly


BIM experts Ralph Montague, Managing Partner at ArcDox and Louise Kelly, BIM/Project Manager at Fulcro answer your BIM Questions in our first BIM QnA. 

How will BIM affect the tradespeople working onsite?


“Tradespeople on site may not necessarily be directly involved in producing, managing or exchanging information, depending on their role (as a rule of thumb, if as a tradesperson, you were previously required to produce any drawings or schedules of information, then you need to have a look at BIM – see response above). If your trade/role only required you to use information, to carry out your work, then all you need to learn is how to use some freely available tools, which will allow you to access, review, query, navigate, interrogate and comment on BIM. These are usually free, and very easy to learn.”

Where can people find information about the BIM Protocol?


“The Construction Industry Council (CIC) BIM Protocol is a standard contractual document intended to be appended to all standard appointments, contracts, sub-contracts etc, where BIM is being used, to make sure everyone is ‘playing to the same rules’. It has 2 project specific appendices, which should be completed. A simple ‘Modelling Enabling Clause’ is inserted into the main appointment/contract, which refers to the BIM protocol. All other details, such as obligations, benefits of rights, limitations or exclusions of liability, in relation to BIM are dealt with in the BIM Protocol itself (and in the main contract). This was to avoid a wholesale revision of industry standard forms of contracts.”

The BIM protocol can be downloaded here:

CIC BIM Protocol (

CIC BIM Protocol Appendix 1 (

CIC BIM Protocol Appendix 2 (

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This next question is from a graduate’s viewpoint. What are the primary BIM skills and qualifications required by medium to large British architectural and engineering firms?


“The main skills that I believe are required are: a good knowledge of the government documentation relating to BIM level 2, in particular BS1192 and PAS1192; an openness to learn and provide positive input to your team and project; data management and manipulation skills are particularly useful; also staff with coding skills or qualifications are becoming more common in architectural and engineering practices.”

“With regards to qualifications, a degree in your chosen field of study and student/graduate membership of a professional body should be helpful. Certification for software that you have trained in will also be useful.”

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