Computer modelling systems are continually improving in their capability, providing ever greater opportunities for complex analysis of micro and macro problems. However with this advancement comes the increasing difficulty of ensuring that the correct data are used to populate the models, validating the models themselves and verifying the outputs so as to be confident in their reliability.
The construction industry is about to fully embrace the concept of building information modelling (BIM) for all public projects according to the government's construction strategy published at the end of May 2011. This will increase the importance of systems modelling especially in providing input into design decisions and monitoring guidelines. The importance of this approach takes on a new dimension now that we are seeking to move to a low carbon economy and the changes to the built environment that will entail.
We need to ensure that software remains the tool and does not become the master. How can we embrace these advances, whilst maintaining the control on associated risk expected by politicians and the public?
John Carpenter, Independent Consultant
Barry Clarke, Vice President, Institution of Civil Engineers
Roger Falconer, Halcrow Professor of Water Management, Cardiff University
Jon Wicks, Chief Engineer, Halcrow Group Ltd.
Alistair Borthwick, Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford
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