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Stephen George + Partners consolidates BIM capabilities with new promotion

James Blood

Stephen George + Partners LLP (SGP) has reinforced its commitment to BIM best practice by promoting James Blood to the post of BIM Manager.

James joined SGP in 2018 as BIM Co-ordinator, bringing over 20 years of experience in architecture and BIM, including establishing business strategies, and structuring, defining and implementing architectural service provision with openBIM standards, methodologies, technologies and processes at the core.

James has acted as model and information manager on live collaborative BIM projects and fulfilled both these roles on the Dudley Advance2 FE College facility, the first IPI project in the UK, which was delivered close to Level 2, as defined under the Government’s mandate.

“I am looking forward to keeping SGP on the cutting edge of BIM methodology, delivering quality assured openBIM outputs throughout the practice. SGP’s ability to link 3D models with a virtual reality suite is very exciting, allowing us to show a client the design rather than having them interpret plans and diagrams. Richer information sets also provide real value for clients in the post hand-over phase, supporting operating and maintenance functions and helping manage the life cycle of the new asset more efficiently.” James Blood, BIM Manager, Stephen George + Partners LLP.

James previously acted as a consultant to major UK construction product manufacturers to assist them in the structuring and delivery of their product data around ISO openBIM standards, for delivery into the project workflow. As a result of these activities, James worked closely with Northumbria University, the Technical coordinator of BuildingSMART UK and the NBS to help develop the Xbim toolkit, more specifically the Revit add-in. This led to him being invited to work as part of the B/555 committee, where he helped write the BS 8541 suite of standards.

“We are delighted to have promoted James to this key role. His knowledge and experience will be vital to keeping SGP at the forefront of BIM best practice. James will be working closely with our clients, developing and implementing BIM methodology across all our sectors.” Marcus Madden-Smith, Partner, Stephen George + Partners LLP.