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thinkBIM: High Speed Digital half day conference – BIM for Rail and Digital Skills

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Wednesday 19th September 2018

12:00  networking lunch and registration, 13:00 to 17:00 for conference programme. Please note: Tours of the college will be offered PRIOR to the networking lunch (approx 11:00 tbc) – if you would like to have a tour please allow for this additional time out of your day.

thinkBIM are pleased to offer their next conference at a new location – the National College for High Speed Rail in Doncaster, thanks to our event sponsors Bond Bryan Architects. This multi-award winning project will be host to keynote speakers from both the architectural and structural team who designed the scheme and the Chief Executive of the National College for High Speed Rail. Whether you are wanting to improve your own digital skills or those for your business we will be offering tips and techniques, guidance on delivering truly collaborative digital workflows as well as the opportunity to see the state of art facilities on a College tour.

This really is shaping up to be a truly amazing thinkBIM event.

FULL PROGRAMME

Keynotes

Clair Mowbray, the Chief Executive of the National College for High Speed Rail outlines the need for modern training and the role of the College for developing UK Infrastructure.

 

Rob Jackson from Bond Bryan Digital, will discuss how the industry has begun to move forward with their collaborative journey but yet still too often the models produced are not fully focussed on the ‘I’ in BIM. This keynote shares Bond Bryan Digital’s approach and thinking about the goal of Better Information Management (BIM) built around a fully open approach.

Lee Barnett and Richard Osbond from Curtins explains the digital role of the structural engineer and describes their journey to BIM Level 2 Verification by BSI.

Update

thinkBIM Chair, Duncan Reed and Niraj Mistry from the BIM Alliance Special Projects Group will be giving an update on the latest in BIM and Digital with a particular focus on upskilling.

Round Table Discussions (confirmed so far, more to be added!)

Andrew Tewksbury, Arcadis: How the rail industry is looking to develop commercial benefits from the use of digital information.

Rob Jackson, Bond Bryan Digital: The benefits of open data workflows and processes.

Lee Barnett, Curtins: The process and advantages of being BIM Level 2 certified.

The “Final Session”

Known for offering something a little different from your average conference closer, for our September conference we have arranged for a presentation and demo of the new Trimble Connect for Hololens. This technology utilises mixed reality for project coordination by providing precise alignment of holographic data on the construction site or in the factory, enabling workers to review models overlaid in the context of the physical environment.

+ Tours of the multi-award winning facility (most recently crowned Building Project of the Year at the Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber Awards)

Booking – Click to book

£50 per delegate *. This price includes a networking lunch, presentations, round table discussions and a tour of the facility.

*This event is FREE to members of the Yorkshire and Humber Constructing Excellence Club. Please email yhceclub@gmail.com to secure your place.

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Join in with the hashtag #tbim2018

With thanks to our sponsors for this event

Open Data from Land, Sea and Space: What we learnt from #tbim2018 Summer Conference

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The title tried to convey the theme we were sharing but it’s always hard to try and sum up the afternoon – so much great and interesting stuff always happens at thinkBIM. In particular the task to sum up the conference feels even harder to do after the great speakers our Conference sponsors, GroupBC, secured for the event.

But first we opened with our now standard spot of ‘Digital News’. Even though our conferences are only three months apart there is always a load of new reports, documents or updates to share with our delegates. This last quarter has been no exception.

The first update was a sobering one, particularly as our conference took place on the eve of the first anniversary of the terrible Grenfell fire. The resulting Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety was led by Dame Judith Hackitt. The report, https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/independent-review-of-building-regulations-and-fire-safety-final-report published in May 2018, examines building and fire safety regulations and related compliance and enforcement. It sets out over 50 recommendations for government as to how to deliver a more robust regulatory system for the future.

The report advocates clients, designers and contractors make applied use of

  • Building Information Modelling
  • Robust Information Management
  • Consistent digital records from inception to handover to Operation & Maintenance

The next update shared was the expected publication of the first of the suite of ISO19650 standards – the international standards for BIM based around the BS and PAS 1192 suite of documents. BS 1192:2007 and PAS 1192-2 are expected later this year with PAS 1192-3 and PAS 1192-5 due in 2020.

Then came the latest BIM Reports that have been published.

As an aside it was good to see the Plain Language Pledge getting immediately adopted by the rest of our speakers – everything explained clearly for the delegates.

Our first keynote was from Trevor Mossop, Technical Manager at JT Mackley & Co Ltd and a GroupBC customer. Trevor showed precisely why businesses need to adopt and use Common Data Environments. Through their use of Business Collaborator Mackleys have been able to geo-locate project data for their projects and borehole data from the EA as well as overlay utilities information to help them improve site safety. It was great to see how numerous structured data sets can be brought together to help their business work more safely and effectively. There is more information on this on the thinkBIM guest blog from Trevor also published here.

 

Our next keynote was from Karen Alford, FCRM Manager – Digital Data and Information at the Environment Agency. After Trevor’s great presentation it was really good to have Karen back at thinkBIM to provide the client side and wider view of the Environment Agency.

One of many things that the EA have been doing since Karen last spoke at thinkBIM I making their data sets open. This is great news for everyone and shows how Government departments and agencies can really assist in making the step to digital adoption very small. As ever Karen is keen to keep pushing the Environment Agency and also shared their list of current DADI Projects (Digital Asset Data and Information) as well as their roadmap to 2021 showing their next steps in even greater digital adoption.

 

After our round table sessions we were all treated to an amazing presentation from Sakthy Sulvakumanan around her PhD research on Monitoring minute movements of infrastructure assets from space. It turns out that there are Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) satellites orbiting the earth that can accurately measure the movements of structures, to within millimetres per year, with measurements taken at regular intervals. Sakthy started by sharing some amazing satellite images of cities where tunnelling works have had a few millimetres effect on buildings before focussing on the more complex interpretation of bridge movement, with the help of some bright steel pyramids fixed to these structures. It was a fascinating presentation and again showed how bringing together various data sets can really add value. For more information on Sakthy’s research we recommend you view her TEDx Newnham talk here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4tEQ79eWU8

thinkBIM’s summer conference was a great success – again. This is in no small part to the well-oiled machine that is the awesome events team of Liz and Donna at Leeds Beckett University as well as the fantastic support we get from our hosts Squire Patton Boggs, and in particular Lauren Guest

You can see more of the conversation by checking the Twitter feed on #tbim2018

NEXT EVENT

Our next event will be taking place at the National College of High Speed Rail in Doncaster on Wednesday 19th September and will feature presentations from Clair Mowbray (Chief Executive of National College for High Speed Rail), Rob Jackson (Bond Bryan Digital – architects for the NCHSR scheme) and Richard Osbond (Director at Curtins Consult).  Details can be found by clicking the image below or by clicking here.

 

 

 

 

Guest Blog: The Power of Location for project and asset control

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When GIS & BIM combine: Unlocking insights from your projects & assets

There’s an explosion of external data sources that are becoming available such as Geospatial, Land Registry, Ordnance Survey etc, or iOT, scans and point clouds but how can you ensure that data doesn’t just become more noise? asks Trevor Mossop, Technical Services Manager at J T Mackley & Co Ltd (pictured)

Trevor: At this year’s thinkBIM Summer Conference I demonstrated the “The Power of Location” by looking at what we ultimately want to do with that information, how we can make best use of it to answer the questions we have, and how can we be assured that it is current and trusted information throughout the lifecycle of the asset.

At Mackley, up until 2016 we were still reliant on storing and sharing information on network servers and via email, which was becoming costly and inefficient. Field workers couldn’t easily access information when on site.

As a main contractor specialising in flood defence and coastal maintenance projects, most of our work is for the Environment Agency and similar customers, and as such we needed a CDE to demonstrate BIM level 2 compliance (a prerequisite for EA frameworks.) Initially, we were only interested in having somewhere central to access project and business information, that met BIM level 2 requirements.

While the CDE was readily accepted in the office locations, site workers were still having trouble finding the right information so during the Shoreham Adur Tidal Wall project, I started investigating how to provide site user access to key site information in an intuitive and visually appealing way. My investigations lead me to Google Earth, using  KML files to link to project information through a map of the site and surrounding area.. At the same time I discovered that GroupBC, our CDE partner, were investigating similar issues around usability, so we teamed up to develop a solution that removed the reliance of complex and expensive GIS tools, and instead allowed us to leverage our existing CDE investment.

Many BIM solutions fail as site workers can’t find the right location without navigating folder structures or clicking through alien ‘metadata’ fields. So in response to this, at thinkBIM, I’ll be demonstrating this solution, and the workflows we created to simply upload Google Earth KML files to the CDE and link the site drawings and documentation to their project location using a map – the most natural, intuitive interface for our site workers.

When information is correctly structured and linked from the CDE to the project and/or asset, using an easy to use interface, this encourages users to trust the solution and the providence of data available to make more informed site based decisions.

Such a solution can also be used to push Health and Safety information based on location. For instance, a site worker by a river can simply click on the location on the map, and instantly access related documentation about dangers of working there, and any issues or precautions they should be aware of. Similarly, O&M manuals for an asset can be accesses via a single click on the map interface.

Only by providing a simple location driven interface, will site workers fully engage with BIM.

2018: A BIM Odyssey – thinkBIM Summer Conference – Open Data from Land, Sea and Space (Event)

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thinkBIM, in conjunction with our event sponsors Group BC, are pleased to bring you our summer conference on the theme of data management in the context of the work of the Environment Agency.

Details

Wednesday 13th June 2018, 12:00 registration and networking, 13:00 to 17:00 Conference

Squire Patton Boggs, 6 Wellington Place, Leeds, LS1 4AP

Speakers

Karen Alford, BIM/GSL Programme Executive will be returning to give delegates an insight into the Environment Agency’s digital journey and their next step.

As an asset owner the EA has spent time documenting and structuring standards, data and document requirements.  This helped shaped their Employer’s Information Requirements and their overall approach to digitising their business processes. Karen will also be outlining what’s next on their digital journey- the sharing of asset information through API capabilities in their infrastructure maintenance programme.

Trevor Mossop, Technical Services Manager, JT Mackley & Co. Ltd, will be presenting on their businesses experience in Connecting Data and looking at how BIM on coastal and flood defence projects can be linked to Geographical Information Systems to provide easily accessible asset information.

Trevor discusses the challenges Mackley faced on the Environment Agency flood protection project at Shoreham, West Sussex, including his involvement in the development of a new BC module looking at how to make better, mobile use of geospatial data and how to engage users in the field with minimal BIM knowledge or training.

Sakthy Selvakumaran, Engineering Director and CBS Consultants, an ICE Schools Ambassador and listed as a Forbes 2016 Top 30 under 30 in Europe in Engineering and Manufacturing.

Sakthy is a Chartered Engineer who has worked across different roles, continents and cultures. These roles include designing new structures on mega-projects like Crossrail, assessment to upgrade UK infrastructure assets, and working on sites to resolve critical construction issues.

Sakthy will be presenting on her University of Cambridge PhD research on “Can satellites really detect millimetre-scale movements from space?”

+ BIM FOCUSSED INDUSTRY UPDATE

+ ROUND TABLE DISCUSSIONS

+ NETWORKING LUNCH

+ THE INFAMOUS FINAL SESSION

Our final session this time will take a lively look at the NBS BIM Report 2018. The report, which was published on 10th May 2018, is the seventh report compiled and published by the NBS and tries to tell a story of where the UK Construction industry believes it is as in terms of BIM adoption. But do these statistics tell the real picture? We will challenge delegates over some of the headline figures, leading the discussion as to what these figures might really mean and where the industry might really be at in terms of BIM Adoption. So, in the footsteps of Benjamin Disraeli once said (or possibly Mark Twain!!) we will finish off our summer conference with lies, damned lies and statistics.

Cost:

£80 per delegate or FREE for Yorkshire & Humber Constructing Excellence Club members

Click here to book (directs to Leeds Beckett University online store)

With thanks to our Event Sponsor: groupbc.com

 

 

thinkBIM Spring Conference 2018

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12:00 registration and networking lunch, 13:00 to 17:30 conference
Squire Patton Boggs, Wellington Place, Leeds

thinkBIM is back and pleased to announce our first conference for 2018 which ties in with Leeds Digital Week. We are one of the only events representing construction and it is our chance to show off how the industry is harnessing digital innovation to create buildings fit for the future.

For this event, we will be bringing you two keynote addresses from teams that have delivered private sector projects digitally in the retail sector.

Keynotes

Adam Ward, from BIM Technologies will be talking about how they worked on the Victoria Gate shopping centre in Leeds. The scheme, delivered by Sir Robert McAlpine utilised federated models to resolve the complex geometry of the envelope of this structure in steel, precast concrete and glass.

John Adams, a Director at BIM Strategy will be talking about the Feethams Development project in Darlington. This mixed use scheme combining a shopping centre, cinema and hotel used digital technologies to successfully deliver a complex, challenging scheme with some major design changes along the way!

Roundtables

Both Adam Ward and John Adams will be running round tables alongside the following;

Anthony Harte -Anthony and the team at James & Ward have delivered over 1 million square feet of new build and remodelled space in BIM since 2009. With particular expertise and over 17 years’ experience in retail architecture, Anthony combines his role as co-director at James & Ward with a secondment in Asda’s Construction Design Standards team where he sits on the BIM Strategy Board supporting the wider understanding internally.

Mark Stodgell – Mark is recognised as one of the UK’s leading BIM and Information Management Consultants, specialising in ‘Digital Estates’ programmes for clients and information security. He advises on BIM and Information Management strategy and project implementations for Sainsbury’s, Argos, University of Manchester, BDP, Galliford Try and Sir Robert McAlpine and his high profile projects including Wimbledon No1 Court, Leeds University and  M+ Museum in Hong Kong.

 

+ Buffet Lunch and Networking

+ Panel Discussion

 Click here to book your place!

£80 for an individual ticket

 or 

FREE to Yorkshire & Humber Constructing Excellence Club members – please email yhceclub@gmail.com to secure your place or check member status

Full line up revealed for thinkBIM Autumn Conference: The Best of UK BIM and the UK BIM Alliance

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thinkBIM, the home of the Yorkshire and Humberside BIM Region, the UK BIM Alliance and the BIM4Communities come together to give you the widest overview of UK digital adoption you could ever wish to hear about.

With keynote presentations from the Government Task Group and roundtables hosted by the BIM4Communities delegates will get a fantastic opportunity to understand what best-in-class looks like, the challenges these interest groups are facing and the support that is available to you from your peers.

Speakers

Fiona Moore, UK Government BIM Task Group

Current work of the UK Government Task Group, plans going forward and commitment to Level 2 mandate as well as progress on Digital Built Britain.

Jill Guthrie, UK BIM Alliance

Overview of the UK BIM Alliance, why it was set up and the challenges and opportunities ahead.

Willmott Dixon will also present on the National High Speed Rail College project in Doncaster, the winner of 2017 Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber Digital Construction Award.

 

Roundtable Discussion Groups

Our afternoon discussions are a chance to debate the issues, gain new perspectives and set working objectives for the future. These sessions will be chaired by the following;

Edonis Jesus, BIM4Heritage 

Lendlease

Simon Kerr, BIM4Water

Mott MacDonald

David Owens, BIM4Infrastructure

Costain

Andrew Evans, Survey4BIM

Topcon

Claire Thirlwall, BIM4Landscape

Thirlwall Associates

Rick Hartwig, UK BIM Alliance Projects Group

The Institute of Engineering and Technology

 

ThinkBIM returns with BIM for logistics/planning & best of UK BIM, BIM Alliance collaborative conference

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thinkBIM returns for our 6th year, yes 6 – we’ve been going as long at the Government BIM Strategy itself! To celebrate, we are pleased to offer two really great and innovative events.

Not just 4D, Digital Logistics & Planning too

(Twilight Seminar) Wednesday 1st November 2017, 17:30 registration & refreshments, 18:00 to 19:30

Rose Bowl, RB538 Lecture Theatre D, Leeds

For a long time the basic idea of 4D BIM has been well understood by the construction industry but other than running an animation of the construction sequence what can you really do when you add time to a model?

Three very different views will be presented on the broader benefits of digital planning and logistics processes, a tool for helping the rail industry to validate possessions programmes and how the demolition industry is embracing BIM.

Speakers

Professor Terrence Fernando, ThinkLab, University of Salford

Lee Mullin, Autodesk

Kiran Rai, The Coleman Group

£25 per ticket

The best of UK BIM – the UK BIM Alliance

(Half Day Conference) Wednesday 6th December 2017

12:00 lunch and registration, 13:00 to 17:30

 Squire Patton Boggs, 6 Wellington Pl, Leeds

thinkBIM – the home of the Yorkshire and Humberside BIM Region, the UK BIM Alliance and the BIM4Communities come together to give you the widest overview of UK digital adoption you could ever wish to hear about.

With keynote presentations from the UK BIM Alliance, the Government Task Group and roundtables hosted by the BIM4Communities delegates will get a fantastic opportunity to understand what best-in-class looks like, the challenges these interest groups are facing and the support that is available to you from your peers.

Speakers

Anne Kemp, Chair, UK BIM Alliance

Fiona Moore, UK Government BIM Task Group

+ representatives from BIM 4 Communities groups

Willmott Dixon will also present on the National High Speed Rail College project in Doncaster, the winner of 2017 Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber Digital Construction Award

£80 per ticket

BOOKINGS

Book for either or both events via our online store

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SPONSOR THESE EVENTS

Interested in sponsoring one or both of these events? Contact ckeevents@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Summer Half Day Conference

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**Suitable for clients, Facilities Managers, Estates Managers, Building Managers and anyone who wishes to know how to use digital to maximise building assets**

Wednesday 12th July 2017, 13.00 to 17.30 with registration and buffet lunch from 12.00

Squire Patton Boggs, 6 Wellington Place, Leeds, LS1 4AP 

This year’s summer conference has keynote presentations about BIM and digital adoption from both a client’s perspective and the latest BIM guidance published by the British Institute of Facilities Management.

Mark Stogell of PCSG will present on how Sainsbury’s has developed its digital portfolio as well as appropriate BIM processes for their assets.

Paul Thomas from Turner and Townsend, the author of the British Institute of Facilities Management BIM Guide, will give an overview of how BIFM are adopting digital data in their own processes and from design and construction teams.

So not only some great keynotes but also our fantastic blend of round table discussions led by Bond Bryan Digital, Solibri and BIM Academy. We will also have Niraj Mistry from Stroma Certification providing a workshop on Energy Related Asset Management and BIM Certification as part of the round table programme.

We look forward to seeing you at our hosts Squire Patton Boggs for another great afternoon’s learning.

Click here to book your place!

Dark and true and technological is the North: Digitising the region

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Screen shot from MyConsole presentation at Constructing Excellence breakfast event on 26th April 2017.

At a recent Constructing Excellence breakfast event we held, we were particularly struck by a statistic from a recent McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) study which proposed that in terms of digitisation, the construction industry lags dramatically behind those in other classically undigitalised sectors and in fact ranks only above farming and agriculture. Having been heavily involved in promoting digital construction across the region and beyond we felt that in light of this statistic it was important to explore our impression of where the industry is and specifically where Yorkshire and Humber currently places in order to meet the demands of the future.

We at Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber (CEYH), part of the Leeds Beckett University School of Built Environment and Engineering have been running digitally focussed events through our thinkBIM network for over five years now and have overseen a massive growth in digital uptake across the region. Originally set up as a network to promote the advancement of BIM (Building Information Modelling) our remit has broadened to highlight new technologies and digital processes and their current and future uses.

When we started, the events were definitely for the innovators and early adopters, particularly in larger companies with SMEs being a little unsure of dipping their toe in the water; early problems being the choices of software available, balancing the cost of adoption with business needs and lack of clarity in contractual BIM requirements – all issues which we have had to address through events and targeted 1:1 support. As the network has expanded though, so has the industry’s understanding of the benefits of digital adoption, and this along with the publishing of the Digital Built Britain strategy in 2015 has helped to demystify some of the processes and improved knowledge and uptake of digital tools and processes across the region.

Even in these early days of digital adoption we saw how local organisations were at the cutting edge of the technological innovation that was unfolding. Not always on the large and prestigious projects but on smaller schemes like the laser scanning of the Orangery in Wakefield by DLA Design which showed what was possible already. We also witnessed the great work done by BAM at First Direct Arena working with their designers, structural steelworkers and precast concrete manufacturers who collaborated together using coordinated models form each organisation to resolve issues with the design, create and more effective design and improve the outcomes for the site team. By working together the team delivered an innovative and award winning venue for the city of Leeds.

Federated model image submitted by A1L2B, a Carillion Morgan Sindall Joint Venture, as part of their winning entry in CEYH Awards 2015

The region has also seen the digitisation of infrastructure schemes too. The award winning A1 Improvement scheme from Leeming to Barton, a Carillion Morgan Sindall Joint Venture demonstrated many new and innovative ways to use digital data to assist with stakeholder engagement as well as collecting real time digital quality records during the course of the works too. Over at Immingham, Costain used the combined, federated, model of their scheme to accurately and successfully plan a 76 hour possession over Christmas 2015 where the team jacked a 5000 tonne bridge into place under the busiest freight railway line in the UK. All this was achieved by creating a digital programme that was meticulously planned, checked and reviewed by the project team, Highways England and Network Rail.

Solius Group virtual reality demonstration at thinkBIM conference in April 2017

More recently the thinkBIM network has been able to lift the lid on the future with demonstrations of Augmented Realities and Virtual Realities. These technologies are actually starting to become widespread too as more and more businesses start to see ways to use gaming technology for customer engagement, construction rehearsals and health and safety briefings as well as for operations teams to better understand the assets that they are maintaining with a level of efficiency previously unheard of. #itsBIMupNorth not just a hashtag but proof that Yorkshire really is a centre of excellence for the digital delivery of projects.

But the key thing here is not the technology, but the people behind it. As Steve Jobs once said “Technology is nothing. What’s important is that you have a faith in people, that they’re basically good and smart, and if you give them tools, they’ll do wonderful things with them”. From a niche group of technically minded people the thinkBIM network has grown to reflect and support a much wider community focussed on working more efficiently and who adopt a whole lifecycle approach not just procuring data for the physical asset alone. And here-in lies the challenge going forward, ensuring the industry is constantly recruiting and upskilling the individuals and teams who are able to exploit the opportunity technology offers.

Let us know your thoughts of where the industry is and where it needs to be and where you see the future of digital technologies for construction.

Clients, certification and the future – three important views on BIM

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Wednesday 14th June 2017

Twilight Seminar

17:30 to 20:00

Calverley Building, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds

CLINK HERE TO BOOK YOUR PLACE (diverts to Leeds Beckett online store)

We like to think of thinkBIM as the go-to place for great digital learning and this month we certainly feel we have put together a great line up of speakers.

Helen Thompson, Executive R&D Consultant at Gleeds and BIM Regional Champion for East Midlands will be talking on how Gleeds are helping clients to adopt BIM on projects, the lessons learnt to date and her views on what the next steps for industry should be.

Adam Horne, Business Development Manager, Construction and BIM at BSI will be outlining the BSI BIM Kitemark scheme and their BIM Verification Certificates that BSI have developed in line with the government’s Level 2 mandate.

We all know digital delivery is about the use of standards but how can you be sure that the businesses you work with really understand their roles and responsibilities?

George Mokhtar, Associate Director and Head of BIM at Turner & Townsend UK, offers us a view of the digital future speeding towards us – we need to talk about Level 3.

How might businesses need to change their views, plans and attitude to BIM/digital as they deliver assets that will be operated in a Level 3 environment?

BOOKINGS

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