Category: BIM 4 SME

Process, Case Study & a Red Kite: how SES is using BIM – Wednesday 1st March 17

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Not our most succinct event title but three linked presentations covering a good number of the current BIM issues. Originally we had hoped that CIBSE would present on the new BIMHawk tool that has been developed but at fairly short notice they had to pull out of presenting. But never ones to let a little thing like losing a speaker thinkBIM called upon its fantastic network of BIM professionals and immediately plugged the gap with Nick Tune, CEO of CoBuilder in the UK.

However to start the evening it was great to get a presentation and live demonstration from Gavin Dunstan, BIM Operations Manager from our series sponsors SES Engineering Services. Gavin shared a great overview of how SES Engineering Services have adopted BIM to suit their requirements as well as how they have progressed to embed more and more digital workflows into their businesses as well as using these to collaborate with their customers on projects.

For some reason live demonstrations often turn into a fraught strategy for presentations – in theory why would anything go wrong with the software you use all the time but for some reason adding in an audience into the same room and the software always seems to make things a bit more risky!! However, with his colleague Richard driving the laptop, Gavin’s demonstration of Autodesk BIM360 ran smoothly.

As mentioned at the top of this post our second speaker was Nick Tune, CEO of CoBuilder UK and a great data enthusiast. Nick is always good value and opened with a great slide of a TV remote – and perhaps what we really need them to do – with the opening question ‘What data do you need?’

Nick went on to give the audience a great overview on how to define, procure and confirm data in the BIM process using COBie, PLQs, PDTs, PDS and the LEXiCON project with the BRE.

This month’s twilight seminar was chaired by the good friend of thinkBIM, regional chair of CIBSE and major CPD logger – Simon Owen from Calibre Search. As well as keeping everything to time and asking some great questions he has also created a great Storify of our event too which can be viewed at the link below.

 

 

 

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.

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.

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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

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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

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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.

 

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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 ckeevents@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

GreenBim returns on 1st April

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Squire Patton Boggs, (UK) LLP, 2 Park Lane, Leeds LS3 1ES,

Wednesday 1st April 2015, 13:00 to 17:30

Following on from our first very successful GreenBIM conference in December (read all about it here), thinkBIM and Green Vision are pleased to bring you our second digitally sustainable event focusing on the Construction and Assembly phase of the project lifecycle.

This knowledge packed afternoon will discuss practical strategies, techniques, and real-life case studies demonstrating how BIM can be used by project teams on construction sites to achieve better, more sustainable, outcomes for buildings and their occupants.

This not-to-be-missed event will offer presentations, workshops, quick fire Pecha Kuchas and the opportunity to network with other delegates over great food and a pint of Yorkshire real ale.

We are pleased to announce our keynote speakers:-

Anne Kemp   Director from Atkins Global who will be talking about behavioural change; how to plan for it, how to do it and how BIM makes this all possible

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Richard Watson – Executive Director at RIBA Enterprises will be presenting the NBS Digital toolkit and explaining classification; two of the last major planks for Level 2

Our chair for the afternoon will be Su Butcher @SuButcher– Just Practising, the first lady of all things social media in construction!

 

Order of the Day

13:00 Registration
13:10 Chair Welcome
13:15 Keynote Speakers Anne Kemp – Director from Atkins GlobalRichard Watson – Executive Director at RIBA Enterprises
13:45 Roundtable Discussion Session A
14:45 Refreshments Break
15:00 Roundtable Discussion Session B
16:00 International Keynote Speaker –  Dr James Harty – Copenhagen School of Design & Technology
16:30 Pecha Kucha Showcase: Presentations with a twist; only 20 slides are allowed and they are auto-advanced every 20 seconds. There is very little scope for ‘Death by PowerPoint’ and they provide very engaging and creative presentations. If you would like to submit one for this event please get in touch with us.
17:00 Question Panel
17:30 Networking with BIM beers and food sponsored by Rapid 5D

 

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