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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.

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BIM for FM – still not quite there….

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Guest post by Paul Wilkinson, thinkBIM ambassador and Director, pwcom.co.uk Ltd

ThinkBIM focused on FM, and provided detailed pointers to FM professionals on both how to get involved with BIM, and why it makes commercial sense.

The latest ThinkBIM half-day conference (on 6 July at Squire Patton Boggs new offices in Leeds, and sponsored by Trimble and GroupBC) looked, once again, at the use of building information modelling by those working in facilities management, operations and maintenance for owner-operator organisations, and yet – on a show of hands – only a small handful of attendees were actually employed in FM. The day therefore repeatedly returned to what government and industry needs to do to get more FM professionals engaged with BIM.

Keynotes

The business case for BIM has been well made by the UK Government’s BIM Task Group since 2011, and regular ThinkBIM keynote speaker Deborah Rowland (currently director of FM at the Ministry of Justice) has been at the forefront in pushing the BIM for FM message in the public sector, citing Government Soft Landings (GSL). She underlined how asset management is fundamental to BIM-enabled project delivery, with client facilities managers involved from a project’s inception in helping to define the employer’s information requirements (EIR) and asset information management (AIM) needs.

PAS 1192-3 covering information management in the operational phase was published in March 2014, and since then advice, standards and protocols covering FM inputs to BIM and beyond have expanded. Deborah highlighted recent useful additions, notably a RICS-developed NRM3 dLCC (digital lifeycle cost) toolkit which aligns BIM with SFG20 maintenance information needs (more about SFG20 here). The MoJ’s BIM2AIM group also recently launched a suite of documents providing clear and concise instruction and guidance on how to define, procure and deliver Level 2 BIM projects (read BIM+ news).

The MoJ’s strategy envisages such tools providing, among other things, much-needed transparency and evidence of value for money to taxpayers, while providing the MoJ with key information to make strategic decisions on its asset portfolio, to innovate, and to continually improve. Surely, many other client organisations will want to reap similar benefits?

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 Jacqueline Walpole, Company Product Manager at FSI (FM Solutions)

The second keynote came from FSI’s Jacqueline Walpole. She recalled how many FMs were once a paper-based afterthought: typically, for the client or owner-operator, the completion of a built asset was followed, nine months later, by the handover of a large paper-based archive of information, much of it in paper-based form, some of it already out-of-date. Computer-aided FM (CAFM), therefore, often tended to start from scratch. Digitising design, construction, commissioning and handover processes, she said, opens up the prospect of a digital flow of information into FM (“keeping the BIM live”), achieving operational readiness almost instantly, and Jacqueline highlighted the publication of a new BIFM guide (available here) to achieving such readiness, which includes an EIR template.

The two short keynotes, therefore, promoted readily available toolkits, guides and templates showing how BIM can be applied to support FM, and, in so doing, to enhance the roles of facilities managers. Two of the afternoon’s roundtable workshop sessions also underlined the potential value of data to help managers improve the performance of their assets and to connect their built asset’s data with valuable data held in other systems, but recurring themes about people and silo cultures also surfaced.

Roundtable discussion

Jacqueline Walpole chaired one of the roundtables I attended, getting delegates to consider, first, consider what data might be needed to support asset operations (with a nod to ‘lean’ thinking: “if in doubt, ask the caretaker – what are their ‘must haves’?”), and how some data schemas manage simple issues such as floor-numbering. Secondly, we talked about how in-service performance data might be used to support asset management. Applying analogies including cars and jet engines, we talking about creating and maintaining a built asset’s “service history,” and using the data generated by different building systems’ sensors to improve reliability and energy efficiency. Just as Rolls-Royce routinely collates huge volumes of data from every engine and flight as a basis for meeting its customers’ service level agreements, so facilities managers could collate and analyse built environment data (energy use, temperature, humidity, heating, lighting, equipment use, etc, over time) to support post-occupancy evaluation, optimize lifecycle cost efficiency, and – for ‘repeat clients’ – provide data to help them collaborate with design teams to improve the planning, design, construction and operation of future built assets.

GroupBC’s Steve Crompton led a roundtable pondering trust issues and other reasons why construction project teams have tended to re-key rather than re-use data. Conflicting standards, industry inertia and resistance to major people and process-related changes quickly cropped up. Old attitudes of ‘knowledge is power’ need to be overcome, as does distrust of ‘other people’s data’ (“We don’t trust digital data yet, because we haven’t moved on from distrusting paper information, or stuff off the web”). This workshop also highlighted some of the messages from the 1 June ThinkBIM ‘twilight’ event (link here) – semantic web technologies can help connect data about built assets to other data about the environment and about social aspects of the areas around those built assets. However, security, commercial confidentiality and personal privacy concerns all need to be addressed in selecting what data might be shared and used.

Feedback from all the workshops was shared, after which delegates heard a ‘RetroBIM’ case study from BIM Academy’s Graham Kelly, relating to the compilation of data to support improvement works undertaken at Sydney Opera House in Australia. That a UK-based firm led this project is another indication of how UK BIM experience is prized by clients worldwide, and there is clearly potential for UK FM businesses to similarly become world leaders in applying BIM to FM.

The conference, well chaired by NBS’s Stephen Hamil, showcased some of the standards and guidance now available, talked about the return on investment (ROI), but also – unlike some software vendors mentioned by Graham (“BIM software companies have raised uninformed expectations”) – highlighted it is not a simple technological change. ‘Silo cultures’ and ‘change management’ were two of the key risks on Graham’s project, and they apply equally to the wider adoption of BIM, and not just by the FM community.

BIM for FM – Are we nearly there yet? Thoughts from #tbim2016 operations and in-use summer conference

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On Wednesday 6th July we held our operations and in-use half day #tbim2016 conference which focussed on all things BIM and FM with keynote presentations from Deborah Rowland and Jacqueline Walpole, and an international keynote from Graham Kelly on BIM Academy’s Sydney Opera House project. There were over fifty people in the room but alarmingly only a smattering directly involved in facilities management. With such a vital role to play, #FM is in danger of “falling off a BIM cliff” says Deborah – so how can we spread the message and get more FM’s in the room? Let us know your thoughts.

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In the meantime, thinkBIM ambassador, Stephen Hamil has written his summary of the afternoon’s events. This post is reproduced below but originally appeared on Stephen’s excellent Construction Code blog http://constructioncode.blogspot.co.uk/

ThinkBIM – Summer Conference 2016

Yesterday I chaired the ThinkBIM Summer Conference – Soft data, hard landings and asset management.

The theme was looking at stages 7, 0 and 1 of a project. How the needs of the ‘in use’ stage of a project could be considered at the ‘strategy’ and ‘briefing’ stage.

The venue for the ThinkBIM conferences is now the fantastic Squire Paton Boggs offices in Leeds City Centre.

The photograph below shows the lovely new setting that mixes the old with the new in terms of architecture…

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A new setting for ThinkBIM

Deborah Rowland was the first speaker. Deborah has experience in facility management in the private sector for Barclays and also as one of the leaders in the public sector through her work with Ministry of Justice.

To find out more about the MoJ story please see the link below:
– https://prezi.com/b73gw4x6duec/moj-bim-story-bim-prospects-2016/

Deborah also talked highly of the work being done by Andy Green from Faithful+Gould on linking SFG20 maintenance specifications with NRM and Uniclass 2015 codes to help with data flow from design and construction into operations.
– https://www.fgould.com/uk-europe/articles/new-customisable-sfg20-changing-world-building/

Jacqueline Walpole then followed with her keynote. Jacqueline reflected back on the work she was involved in a few years ago with UCL Academy, BAM and Autodesk looking at FM and BIM solutions.
– http://www.bam.co.uk/how-we-do-it/case-study/ucl-academy

It was interesting listening to Jacqueline’s expertise and seeing how digitised the FM industry already is. The challenge, as always, is to try and get digital information to flow and not to have to start from scratch at certain phases of the project.

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A to-scale version of the plan of work that nicely illustrates the importance of the ‘in use’ phase

Following the opening two keynotes, it was time for the roundtables. For this event, I hosted a session looking at how lessons learned from the operation stages of previous projects can feed into an EIR template for future projects.

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ThinkBIM Duncan asked for five take-home points from the roundtable. So here we go…

  1. A few years on now since the publication of PAS1192:2 and 3the participants are still not seeing many good examples of EIRs on projects. This includes projects where teams are working for extremely large clients who do many repeat similar buildings. The sample content on the BIM Task Group website and the documents made public from MofJ seem to be the best examples currently:
    – BIM Task Group sample EIR
    – MoJ sample documents
  2. Lessons learned on successes and failures can feed into the EIRs. A specific example given was repeated mistakes on wall covering solutions on multiple retail projects for the same client from different teams  – could be easily avoidable if this information was captured digitally and fed into a single template.
  3. Big clients could make big savings by employing one person to standardised their processes and concentrate on good data kicking off a project. If you are building 12 offices/superstore/schools per year – could you save at least £5K per project by employing someone to get the digital process right?
  4. A solution that allowed information to flow digitally from strategy to brief into the information production phases of a project would be well received. I presented some concepts as to how this could maybe be done through a template plan of work that considered space types and system types and it was well received. For example, a high school will have an assembly hall and washrooms and piling systems and heating systems etc… – having lessons learned captured in a template which then fed into design to ensure a better outcome when the school is used is something that would provide value.
  5. Could the various sector specific BIM4 groupscontribute to sample templates that help their sectors? Sharing knowledge and making the industry more efficient? Many of the BIM groups have been receiving information from the central BIM Task Group over the last five years – is it now time for everyone to show how it can be done?

The final session was from Dr Graham Kelly from BIM Academy. He presented the work they have been doing in Australia with the Sydney Opera House.

This was a fascinating case study – plenty of web links below on how they are connecting many databases via an online 3D model viewer to meet the building’s daily FM needs.
– http://www.bimplus.co.uk/news/aecom-and-b1im-acade4my-t5eam-create-bimfm-/
– http://www.i2c.com.au/2016/05/sydney-opera-house-bim-implementation-video/

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Graham from BIM Academy – using the 3D model, via a webbrowser for the FM of a major building

So all in all – another super ThinkBIM conference. Well done to all of the team that put it together and I look forward to the next one.

To view all of my posts from the ThinkBIM series over the last five years or so click below:
– http://constructioncode.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/thinkBIM

Soft Landings, Hard Data and Asset Management -> details of #tbim2016 summer conference revealed

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Operations & In-use half day conference 

Wednesday 6th July 2016

Squire Patton Boggs, Leeds

Trying to find ways to drive wider adoption of digital data across the project lifecycle? Struggling to pass the construction phase benefits to asset management teams? Don’t know where to start with all those project-defining BIM documents? Here at thinkBIM we can help you solve all these issues.

Whether it is working out how to write practical Employers Information Requirements, mastering the BS8536 soft landings process, dealing with the hard facts of transferring data to facilities management teams or the overall management of digital asset data you can’t afford to miss this great opportunity to learn from the experts.

Our summer conference returns to Squire Paton Boggs hosted in their new offices in the Leeds and welcomes back Deborah Rowland to speak about the Government Soft Landings programme as well as an array of industry leading speakers hosting our famous round table discussions.

To get involved join us on 6th July 2016 

at Squire Patton Boggs, 6 Wellington Pl, Leeds LS1 4AP

13:00 – 17:30 (registration from 12:30) 

 Click here to book your place!

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WITH THANKS TO OUR SUMMER SERIES SPONSOR
 
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We offer a UK hosted secure CDE platform for documents and data, with a 3D model viewer and a money saving process management module

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From PIM to AIM – First steps into BIM for FM (we love acronyms!)*

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The construction industry is still in general getting to grips with BIM (Building Information Modelling), the facilities management industry has been doing CAFM (Computer Aided Facilities Management) for a good while but how do we splice these two technological solutions together to deliver better assets across the lifecycle?

We have three speakers who are battling, supporting and guiding teams through this process and will be sharing their thoughts and ideas on how to do this.

David Hemmings, Head of Estates at Leeds Beckett University

Dr Medina Jordan, BIM (FM) & Asset Management Advisor at Skanska Facilities Services

Natacha Redon, Project Manager / BIM Co-ordinator at Identity Consult

*PIM – Project Information Model | AIM – Asset Information Model

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GroupBC provides data driven BIM software.

We offer a UK hosted secure CDE platform for documents and data, with a 3D model viewer and a money saving process management module.

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BOOKING DETAILS

To get involved join us on 4th May 2016

at Old Broadcasting House, Leeds Beckett University,

Leeds, LS2 9EN

17:30 – 19:30

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May the fourth be with you! thinkBIM returns with our Operations and In-Use Summer Series

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Here at thinkBIM we’ve always championed the use of data across the entire lifecycle of an asset. We also know that the design and construction industry can sometimes seem to speak a different language to that of the facilities and asset management industry. The translation, transition, transformation of construction phase BIM data in CAFM and asset management systems and processes doesn’t always seem to go as smoothly as suggested. So here at thinkBIM we are pleased to offer help and support to anyone trying to get to grips with these processes.

Wednesday 4th May 2016, 17:30 onwards, Old Broadcasting House, Leeds

In our first twilight seminar of the summer series we will be bringing clients and their advisors together to explain the hows and whys of BIM for FM. How do clients set about engaging with asset information, why should they do this and what can they do to become expert procurers of digital data for their assets?

Wednesday 1st June 2016, 17:30 onwards, Salem’s Chapel, Leeds

Our second twilight seminar offers a unique opportunity to visit a Leeds data centre in a converted Victorian Chapel and hear more about how built asset data links to the wider aspects of both Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and the advantages of using Open Data sets to improve digital outcomes.

Wednesday 6th July 2016, 12:30 onwards, Squire Patton Boggs, Leeds

Our summer conference returns to Squire Paton Boggs – but hosted in their new offices in Leeds – and welcomes back Deborah Rowland to speak about the Government Soft Landings programme and Kath Fontana of ISS. We already have some great round table discussions sorted for our conference and will announce more details of these soon.

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Yesterday’s GreenBIM as it happened

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On the 1st July, on the hottest day of the year so far, thinkBIM and Green Vision once again came together to host our final GreenBIM conference for a while exploring the themes of BIM and Sustainability from an Asset Management point of view.

As always the tweets were coming thick and fast as participants both in the 40-strong audience and those watching online joined in with the discussions and presentations delivered by representatives from BAM Construct, Turner and Townsend, BIFM, FM180 and Bill East, inventor of COBie.

We will be doing a couple of blog pieces summarising exactly what happened and some of the thoughts, suggestions that have come out of the conference but in the meantime here is a storify of #GreenBIM as it happened.

 

Can’t be at #greenBIM? Watch online at the link below

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Our #GreenBIM conference on 1st July will be streamed at the link below from 13:10 onwards. Please note that this stream will be showing previous thinkBIM events up until 13:10 when we switch to a live feed.

For logistical reasons we will not be able to stream our round table sessions.

You can also keep up with the twitter stream by following the hashtag #GREENBIM

BIM + FM + Sustainability – joining the dots at our GreenBIM conference on 1st July

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Green Vision and thinkBIM will once again be joining forces on 1st July 2015 to present the third and final GreenBIM conference exploring the theme of sustainability within digital workflows for the Operations and In-Use phase of an asset. This will be the last GreenBIM for a while as we return to separate BIM and Green Vision events in Autumn 2015 so don’t miss your opportunity to have your say! Here is what we are up to,

For our UK keynote you will hear from Nitesh Magdani, Director of Sustainability at BAM Construct UK Ltd. Nitesh will present on the themes of BIM, the links to sustainability and the whole life cycle of projects.
Our international keynote address will come from Bill East, the owner of Prairie Sky Consulting and one of the foremost authorities on COBie, who will present on this game-changing schema for exchanging data that is a fundamental plank of the UK Government Level 2 BIM strategy.

 

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Round Table Discussions

Nitesh Magdani, Director of Sustainability, BAM Construct UK Ltd

“BIM, sustainability and the circular economy”

Mark Whittaker, Business Development Manager, Integral UK Limited

“What tangible cost benefits can BIM bring to the Facilities Management Industry”

Steve Owen, Senior FM Consultant, FM180 Ltd

“How to BIM 4 FM”

Tom Oulton, BIM Manager, Turner & Townsend Project Management

“BIM and the role of the client”

 

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Get those pet peeves banished to room 101 in our new conference segment

What irks you about BIM & sustainability? Let it all out in our new interactive Room 101 conference session.

This is your opportunity to get your frustrations & pet peeves out about any aspect of green building or building information modelling (or both) that irks you.

What would you like to see banished to room 101 to move our industry forward?

Our Room 101 section is modelled on the infamous TV show based on George Orwell’s 1984 and is designed to be a light hearted look at some of the key challenges our industry faces in a lively and engaging way.

How does it work?

Participants will have two minutes with just one background slide to describe their pet peeve. Your pitch needs to convince the audience that your topic, subject or building is worthy, or unworthy enough, to be put into room 101. After listening to all the presentations, the audience will decide by a show of hands which “peeve” wins. There is only space for one so make those pitches count!

Sound good?

Send your pitches to Liz Schofield via ckeevents@leedsbeckett.ac.uk
Your topic will be kept a secret, only the organisers will know. We just have one rule “No slide – no pitch”. We want to see your case, creativity and humour all on one slide! Please note, you must be a registered delegate to take part.

 

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BIM and FM. Are we winning yet?

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On the 3rd of June we welcomed around 40 industry professionals to Old Broadcasting House at Leeds Beckett University for the second twilight seminar of our summer series exploring the links between BIM and Facilities Management. We were thrilled to see many new faces in the room with nearly fifty percent of the attendees from a FM background which was a huge  increase from our 2014 asset managemet series where only a smattering of individuals raised their hand during our straw poll of FM professionals in the room.

Progress for thinkBIM then but is that reflected in the FM industry and their adoption of BIM? These were the key questions and themes explored by our two speakers, Mark Whittaker from BIFM North & Integral UK & Martin Ward from Styles and Wood & iSite. The title of this write-up was inspired by this series of tweets after the event which neatly summarises where our seminar showed the FM industry was at, some traction finally but still work to go.

 

This great slide from Martin Ward particularly resonated (and not just for the Bowie references). What needs to ch-ch-change for BIM adoption in FM to happen?

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Our full storify of the event including the live tweets & links is below. Have a read and tell us what you think? Where do you think the FM industry is and where does it need to go?

Please note that if you would like to see a copy of the slides from either of our presenters please email ckeevents@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

Join us for GreenBIM on 1st July!

We will be continuing discussions around these themes at our greenBIM conference on 1st July at Squire Patton Boggs in Leeds. For that event we are thrilled to have our International Keynote delivered by Bill East, the owner of Prairie Sky Consulting and one of the foremost authorities on COBie. Our UK keynote will be delivered by Nitesh Magdani, Director of Sustainability at BAM Construct UK who will present on the themes of BIM, the links to sustainability and the whole life cycle of projects. As usual we will be running our highly successful and often evocative round table discussions and will be rounding off with our new Room 101 feature which will be an opportunity for attendees to get off their chest their pet peeves  about BIM and sustainability. What needs to go to room101 to move our industry forward. Full details and booking here

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