Month: August 2015

Announcing our Autumn programme – ‘thinkBIM: the countdown to 2016’

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Fresh from our summer hiatus, we are pleased to announce the details for our star-studded thinkBIM Autumn series themed around design and pre-construction. Not only are we bringing back our unique simulcast event on 14th September but our Autum series  will also tackle the previously unexplored areas of BIM in infrastructure and external works.

Duncan Reed, chair of thinkBIM says “we are really pleased to offer another great series of thinkBIM events. The network continues to go from strength to strength; addressing the important issues for the construction industry and offering case studies, knowledge sharing and lessons learnt from people and organisations who are finding lots of different ways to deliver projects and services digitally”

If you are on social media, you can keep up to date with what we are up to by using the hashtag #tbim2015. Otherwise get in touch with our team on 0113 812 1902 if you want to know more or want to get involved!


Autumn Series (7th October, 4th November & 2nd December)

Building Bridges with BIM

On October 7th we will be joined by members of the AECOM Mott MacDonald Joint Venture team who are working on the design of the Network Rail Northern Hub. Join us for their fantastic case study of the Ordsall Chord bridge; BIM for infrastructure and new methods of contract delivery using digital workflows.


BIM for Regulations

On the 4th November we will be taking a look at the regulatory side of BIM – how digital processes can ensure better compliance and reduce risk on projects.  Our speakers will be covering how BIM delivers improvements for Building Control, can be used to practically implement the requirements of the Construction, Design and Management (CDM) Regulations and case studies around the real contractual implications of delivering BIM on project.

BIM outside the building



In another first for thinkBIM we are really pleased to announce our December conference will be themed around all things BIM and Infrastructure. On 2nd December we will be holding a ‘BIM Outside the Building’ conference.  An opportunity to discuss how digital processes should be implemented on infrastructure and external works.  Come along to help debate and shape how this part of the industry should be digitalised.

There will be speakers from the Environment Agency, the Highways Agency and the Landscape Institute. We are also looking to run a technology vendors showcase to help the delegates understand the BIM tools that already out there.

Follow the link below to book for any of the events above or for the full series at a discounted rate



thinkBIMxtra 2015

But before all of that we are pleased to announce the return of our second thinkBIM simulcast event.

Taking place on the evening of Monday 14th September, in conjunction with Pinsent Masons, we are pleased to announce a total of 6 speakers across two venues in Leeds and London who will be presenting on the following theme;

 ‘Level 2 – Are we nearly there yet?’

The UK Government’s 2016 deadline is rapidly approaching but is the construction industry really up to delivering everything that is required to be ‘fully Level 2 compliant’? Joining us to give their own views on these themes will be an Architect, an Engineer, a Quantity Surveyor, a Main Contractor, a Specialist Subcontractor and a Supplier. What could possibly go wrong?

We are pleased to announce the following speakers;

  • David Emery, Director, Virtechs Limited
  • Rob Hutchinson, Design Manager, Byrne Brothers (Formwork)
  • Billy McCormick, Sales Engineer, Mabey Hire

more names to be confirmed very soon!

So – two soap boxes, six leading speakers presenting from two fantastic venues and one great debate on the importance or otherwise of the Level 2 deadline.

Spaces for this FREE event are limited so book early to avoid disappointment.



To book the LEEDS event click here



To book the LONDON event click here


Get Involved!

Plans are already in hand for events right through to the middle of 2016 but we are always interested to hear about people, businesses and project teams who may want to share their own experiences at our events. If you have a story to tell please contact thinkBIM at

BIM for Manufacturers Seminar: help with the journey

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Guest post by thinkBIM chair, Duncan Reed (djhreed67)

On Tuesday 28th July I attended the #BIM4M2 seminar at The Building Centre in London. I’m not going to try and cover everything that took place as this was pretty much done on the day by Su Butcher’s (@SuButcher) very comprehensive live blog that can be found here

So why write about this? Well apart from being a very well organised event there were some really good messages that should be communicated.

Manufacturers are getting to grips with BIM, and in lots of different ways to suit the needs of their own businesses and their customers. As ever it is great to see and hear from businesses proving that there is no one-size-fits all solution. Andy Stolworthy (@stolliea) from Assa Abloy provided a candid presentation on what Assa Abloy have done as business to date, what worked, what they might have done differently and the current debate they are still having over generic objects versus manufacturers’ specific ones. See his slide deck here.

How BIM4M2 can help you? A really good, straight forward and comprehensive set of presentations from Alan Baikie from BIM Objects, Joe Cilia at FIS and Steve Thompson from Tata Steel (@SGThompsonBIM)

Alan covered the new Compass tool that BIM4M2 have developed, more information on this later on.

Joe Cilia gave a great overview of the business derivers for a manufacturer to adopt BIM (see his slides here).  I’d recommend reviewing these slides as a great To-Do List for how to adopt digital processes in your business, whether as a manufacturer or not. Remember – get the basics sorted first.


Next up was Steve who provided a clear guide on Product Data Templates (PDTs), a subject we love to discuss here at thinkBIM! See his slides here.

I feel this slide below is of particular note, showing how data was shared previously (and often before we even thought of this as data sharing) and the changes that digital workflows can bring.


I still feel that there is more work to be done to unify the approach to creating and using PDT and PDS but was pleased to hear that BIMTalk is to be the definitive go-to place for this part of the BIM picture. More about BIMTalk here

There was also a further good step-by-step presentation by Matt Crunden of Legrand on Product Templates in the afternoon session. His slides can be seen here.

There were two interesting initiatives launched at the event by the BIM4M2 team. A new Compass tool and the start of the BIM4M2 Survey.

Compass (details here)has been provided to offer a quick way for companies to assess their need to adopt BIM processes in their business. It doesn’t specifically tell you what bit of BIM to do but looks a really useful way to determine whether BIM needs to be in your short term or long term business planning.

The BIM4M2 have also published their 2015 BIM Survey. Please complete this here.

But my final comments relate back to the start of the day and Gareth Webb from IBM. Gareth gave the audience much to consider in the wider context of digital processes and how it already affects our personal lives so much, see presentation here . He gave a great analogy with how we can access data when making purchases on Amazon, making the simple link to how construction needs to move in the same direction. Better data processes now or a glimpse of Level 3 BIM?



But remember this – we buy outcomes not necessarily specifications. All part of Re-Thinking Construction.

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