Month: October 2018

Living in a Digital World – December Half Day Conference in Leeds

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Wednesday 5th December 2018

Half-Day Conference (12:00 registration and lunch, 13:00 to 17:00)

Squire Patton Boggs, Leeds


As part of our continued drive to provide a platform for the BIM4Communities (the various groups of advocates promoting BIM adoption across different AEC industry specialists),  we are very pleased to announce our December conference will be delivered in conjunction with the BIM4Housing group and will feature examples of best practice in digitisation in relation to the residential and housing sectors.

The housing market has been making great strides in digital adoption and with the demand for housing continuing to rise it is only right that we showcase the best in class in this sector.

BIM4Housing is a cross-industry group open to all organisations involved in the design, construction, management and delivery of housing, both private and affordable. Membership of BIM4Housing is reflective of the sector, involving clients, contractors, consultants, suppliers, subcontractors and other interested bodies.


Richard Whittaker, WM Housing
Richard brings a wealth of knowledge as the Director of Development at WM Housing.
As a social housing client he is a fantastic advocate for the digitisation of assets; gaining benefits from accurate design and material schedules, reduced up front design costs, accurately modelling the life of a building, benefits in terms of design repetition, quick and efficient changes at planning stage and a much more detailed interactive view of the plans at consultation stage.

Anne Kemp, Director at Atkins for BIM Strategy and Development and chair of the UK BIM Alliance
Anne is the convenor of the ISO19650 Committee who has taken the UK standards for BIM Level 2, BS1192:2007+A2:2016 and PAS1192-2:2013, through to the International ISO standard that the world will adopt. Hear first-hand what the differences are between these documents and how the move to ISO can help UK construction businesses to benefit both in the UK and abroad.


One of the things that our delegates like best about our events are the round table sessions. These present a real opportunity for greater discussion, understanding and learning and this conference’s sessions are looking as good as ever.

Pete Hughes, Whittam Cox Architects . In his round table Pete will be discussing why do BIM on residential schemes, how to execute a successful digital project and what might be the biggest game-changers with regards to BIM technology over the next 5 years?

Adam Holmes, Interim Design Manager at East Riding Council. Adam will focus on how to engage clients to talk about digital processes in a language they understand, demystifying OIRs, AIRs, and EIRs into digital requirements defined using Plain Language Questions.

Richard Whitaker, WM Housing. His round table will look at how to gain benefits from accurate design and material schedules, reducing up front design costs, accurately modelling the life of a building, the benefits in terms of design repetition, quick and efficient changes at planning stage and a much more detailed interactive view of the plans at consultation stage

INZENKA. We are pleased to announce our fourth round table which will be focusing on the technology being developed to automate the tracking of offsite manufactured goods and materials. With the Government stating that offsite manufacturing will be the presumed method of delivery for their schemes by 2019 it will be imperative that the construction industry learns how to operate as manufacturers. Fujitsu GlobeRanger is an IoT solution that provides real-time connectivity across on- and off-site construction facilities to manage to the production, construction and post-build facilities management of prefabricated material.



For our final session, we will be welcoming back a School of Built Environment and Engineering alumnus and one of the early adopters of BIM, Philippe Laurent de Senneville, to deliver an International Keynote from Doha. Now working as Sub Progamme Manager for Faithful+Gould, Laurent will be presenting on Collaborative Procurement Strategies.



+ Networking Lunch

+ BIM / Digital Update from Conference and thinkBIM Chair, Duncan Reed.

+ The “Infamous” final session



£50 per delegate or FREE to Yorkshire and Humber Constructing Excellence Club members. Club members should email Carole at to secure your place.

Digital Construction Week brought me here…

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Hopefully over the last few days you will have decided to visit our thinkBIM blog due to a conversation you may have had, or a leaflet you may have found at Digital Construction Week. Or maybe you were looking for BIM events in Yorkshire and came across us! Whatever your reasons, we are glad you have decided to pay our site a visit and let us take a moment to tell you a little but about us.

thinkBIM is an award winning network for Building Information Modelling (BIM) and digital construction advocates set up in 2011 by the Centre for Knowledge Exchange at the School of Built Environment and Engineering at Leeds Beckett University. We promote and accelerate the adoption of new digital technologies, products and processes throughout the built environment industry through an extensive programme of case study focussed events, guest lectures and half day conferences and seminars.

We also deliver guest speakers,  consultancy and approved BIM training across the region to many businesses, organisations and educational facilities.

Now in our seventh year, we are supported in our endeavours by our proactive steering group of recognised leading early adopters and a network of over 2000 regional and national digital leaders.


Living in a Digital World

Half day conference in association with BIM4Housing (Wednesday 5th December 2018, 12:00 to 17:00, Leeds).


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