Month: April 2015

BIM 2 FM – Making the Data Work for Maintenance

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Folllowing last month’s excellent #GreenBIM, we are pleased to bring you the first event in our Operation & Maintenance series which will explore BIM & Facilities Management.

It has been observed more than once that FM should be one the key drivers of BIM yet a 2013 survey conducted by the BIM 4 FM task group of end users, owners and occupiers identified that only 23.5% of respondants were planning to use BIM in the future with a massive 63.2% undecided. It was clear from the results that the majority of those surveyed were aware of BIM and the potential benefits it could bring but had concerns over initial investment costs of implemention, the need to implement new ways of working to facilitate adoption  & how BIM data could/would integrate with existing CAFM & building management systems. The full survey can be downloaded here.


(image taken from BIM4FM 2013 survey)

At the first event in our Summer series we will hear real life case studies of how BIM has been used to manage & maintain buildings from two of the region’s early BIM adopters. We will hear firstly from BAM FM and the ways in which they are adopting BIM Workflows in facilities management processes at Wharfdale Hospital. Hear about how BAM FM came up with a new solution to the heating, ventilation & air conditioning management of this 76 bed in & outpatient facility, reducing electricity use by 28%.

We will also hear from Arup who will talk about a project they are working on with Leeds Beckett University to update the Calverley and Portland buildings focusing on reducing energy costs and fire safety whilst addressing critical issues such as the location of internal services and communications.  Arup will be discussing how they are utilising BIM on this project and exploring the ways BIM can help us operate buildings in the future.

Wednesday 6th May

Old Broadcasting House, Leeds, LS2 9EN, 17:30-19:30

Cost £15









Behavioural change, Digital Toolkit, those PDTs again and #BIM Beers at our #GreenBIM Construction & Assembly Conference

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On 1st April the Centre for Knowledge Exchange (CKE) once again brought together its thinkBIM & Green Vision networks at Squire Patton Boggs in Leeds in a half day #greenBIM conference themed on how effective use of data can lead to greener outcomes for buildings and their occupants.

The assembled audience were treated to a presentation on behavioural change, a whistle stop tour of the new NBS BIM toolkit (a whole week before those at BIM Show Live), on overview of BIM implmentation in Copenhagen, two round table discussion sessions & a Pecha Kucha showcase which seamlessly blended laser scanning, funding support for BIM adoption, Biomimicry & green materials.  The event was chaired by Su Butcher, hereafter referred to as the first lady of social media, and was rounded off with a curry and of course #BIMbeers. The conversation and the beer was flowing (almost too well at one point, thanks Duncan for saving the day there, not to mention Squire’s very nice carpets!). The day produced a phenomenal amount of content which we couldn’t possibly squeeze all in to one post so here is our summary of what happened with more posts to follow!

You can also read Su’s thoughts from the day over on the Just Practising blog here

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