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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.

 

 

 

Making IFC child’s play – Lego Architecture meets Open BIM – Wednesday 8th Feb 2017

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We had hoped to start our Spring series with a great pairing of speakers on all things IFC. Unfortunately Prof Arto Kiviniemi was taken ill on the day of our event so couldn’t present. However he had shared his presentation with us so with a wing and prayer I was able to share a few of his slides with the audience to help them get a partial understanding of what IFC is, how it came about and why is it so important to the construction industry as an exchange format and therefore a collaboration tool.

One of Arto’s early slides was a screen shot of a 1994 video published by the International Alliance of Interoperability that explained the early days of the IFC schema and the aims of the movement that became BuildingSMART International in 2008 @buildingSMARTIn. The history of BuildingSMART can be seen here, together with the full video from 1994 that we watched at the event. http://buildingsmart.org/about/about-buildingsmart/history/

It might be over 20 years old but it’s still well worth a watch. Thanks must go to Dr Stephen Hamil @StephenHamilNBS at The NBS for finding and sharing this video via YouTube.

We were also very lucky to have Richard Kelly, http://buildingsmart.org/about/community/operations-director/ the Operations Director at BuildingSMART International as a delegate in our audience and even luckier that he agreed to speak about BuildingSMART to our delegates. Richard spoke about the current structure and role of BuildingSMART and explained about some of the projects being carried out globally to improve and widen the use cases of the IFC schema. For more details on BuildingSMART refer to their website here http://buildingsmart.org/

And so to Rob Jackson, @bondbryanBIM Steering group member of thinkBIM and international speaker on open BIM in general. Over the last few months Rob has been blogging about BIM through the theme of Lego Architecture. The physical building, the Villa Savoye from the Lego Architecture series, has been digitally modelled by Rob and then put through its paces in a variety of software platforms to prove a huge number of BIM workflows. What followed was Rob’s unique blend of insight, honest appraisals and on-the-fly demos using a variety of software applications. It’s hard to capture everything that his presentation encompasses but fortunately he recently delivered this presentation to BuildingSMART Canada via a webinar and here is the link to re-live the presentation.

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B7cNHho4Klu8Z1RuMDVOaU1STVE/view

For a more in depth review of each stage of the process please go to Rob’s excellent blog pages http://bimblog.bondbryan.com/  The Lego Architecture series of blog pieces began in March 2016. His site also has a really useful resources section http://bimblog.bondbryan.com/document/ covering BIM Documents and BIM Acronyms – all great and free resources of rather industry to benefit from his research and genuine passion to make the industry better through digital workflows.

March 2017,

Duncan Reed

Half Day Conference: thinkBIM not droning on -5th April 2017

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  ThinkBIM Construction and Assembly 2017

BIM Conference – thinkBIM not droning on

Wednesday 5th April 2017, Leeds
12:00 for registration and lunch, 13:00 to 17:30

Our spring season conference gives delegates a fantastic opportunity to see and try out augmented reality gear, scanning equipment and robotic setting out devices.

We have a great keynote speech from Scott Grant, from Soluis Group, about the use of visualisations, immersive environments and specialist Apps to bring data to life for project teams.

In addition there will be roundtable sessions from our sponsors SES Engineering Services, from BAM Construction and demonstrations from Central Alliance and Trimble MEP.

We think we’ve got a great line up presenting on data capture and interpretation so why not join us on the 5th April to find out about the latest technology for interacting with digital construction.

 


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#BIMOpenMIC in Yorkshire – Round One Sheffield

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Following the success of the Manchester session, #BIMOpenMic marks another great turnout in Sheffield, the ideal opportunity for BIM focused individuals to generate BIM-related discussions and debates viva voce.

 

With thanks to our sponsors & organisers:

 

Here you can look at RYDER Landscape Consultant presentation:

BIM through the Landscape OpenMic

Success Stories and Data Security – 7th December 2016

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#tbim2016 returns in Autumn -> featuring BIM & Health, Getting Level 1 right & our half day “roundtable special” conference

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thinkBIM Autumn Series

Design and Pre Construction

****EXTRA EVENT  JUST ADDED****

7th September 2016, Squire Patton Boggs, Leeds, 17:30 onwards 

The UK Level 2 BIM strategy is 5 years old – thinkBIM is 5 years old too. Come along to celebrate this landmark with the original and best BIM knowledge exchange network. With networking, cake and #BIMbeers #BIMbubbles it’s the hottest ticket in town!

 

5th October 2016, The Rosebowl, Leeds, 17:30 onwards

Delivering on the Level 2 mandate – digital healthcare

With the Level 2 BIM Mandate stretch target expected to be announced two days before this twilight seminar we are pleased to have a set of speakers sharing the benefits of doing Level 2 BIM for a centrally procured department.

We are pleased to announce Cliff Jones, P21+ Programme Manager at the Department of Health and David Kershaw, P21+ Programme Director at Balfour Beatty Regional will be sharing the benefits and lessons learnt of moving the P21+ programme into an age of procuring digital and physical assets.

 

2nd November 2016, The Rosebowl, Leeds, 17:30 onwards

Level 1 – the critical foundations to delivering on digital projects

A back-to-basics event to explain/remind/help our network understand how to work collaboratively.

We all know that in order to ‘do’ BIM you need to work in accordance with BS1192:2007 + A2:2016 but how well do we all really know how to use this standard. This event is focussed around getting to grips with the apparently complex container numbering, understanding the purpose of issue and suitability codes as well as explaining who/how/what is a Common Data Environment. Remember – if your business can do Level 1 then you can work on a Level 2 project.

 

7th December 2016, Squire Patton Boggs, Leeds, 12:30 onwards

Our case study focussed half day conference

We know from your feedback that the round table sessions are what make thinkBIM such a unique and great event so we are looking to amend our format to give you more opportunities at this conference to participate in round table sessions.

The focus will be on real projects working digitally and the teams working on them hosting the sessions.

This will be a great opportunity to find out how the industry is really doing BIM, see how your peers are responding to the challenges and understand what your customers want from you too.

A not to be missed opportunity to upskill your digital knowledge.

 

Only £110 for all four events – click here to book!

Tickets for individual events can also be booked at the link above EXCEPT for our 7th Sept event which should be booked via the link on our website here

 

 

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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.

Connecting Project Data beyond the site – Thoughts from June #tbim2016

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On Wednesday 1st June 2016 we held our second operations and in-use BIM seminar which focussed on the wider application of built environment digital data and how it can be usefully shared and utilised. ThinkBIM steering group member Paul Wilkinson shares his thoughts on the evening below.

 

Paul WilkinsonOpen Data, BIM and the Semantic Web

Guest Post by Paul Wilkinson. (Please note this post first appeared on Extranet Evolution on 2nd June – link here)

The latest ThinkBIM ‘twilight’ seminar, held in Leeds yesterday (1 June 2016), looked at the wider application of data relating to the built environment. Too many BIM events focus purely on the creation and use of data within a built asset project team; some extend the discussion to look at reuse of data for facility management, operation and maintenance; but few BIM events look at how some BIM and other built environment data might be connected to other data or even made more widely available, perhaps as open data.

Becoming more open

So far as BIM is concerned, the UK government’s 2011 insistence on BIM processes generating “open shareable asset information” is often assumed simply to be about ensuring data is interoperable: capable of being shared between different applications, operating systems and IT hardware. However, the first word is also strongly linked with the UK government’s wider digital agenda – the February 2015 Digital Built Britain strategy (strongly endorsed in the recent 2016 Government Construction Strategy and leading us towards BIM Level 3), for example, is not just about construction, but a fusion of industry strategies relating also to business and professional services, future cities and the information economy.

Discussions about open data are increasingly common, particularly in the UK, where the government has set out to be a world leader in creation and reuse of open data (it recently ranked first in an Open Data Barometer league table of international performance), with data valued as a key part of our national infrastructure (however, in December 2015, the Open Data Institute wrote an open letter to Lord Adonis, chair of the National Infrastructure Commission, arguing data is not being given “the same importance as our road, railway and energy networks were given in the industrial revolution and are still given now”).

The government’s open data push is being realised both centrally and locally, and is predicated on a belief in greater transparency, in ‘Government as a Platform’, giving tax-payers access to their data and other information derived from government investment in public services and assets. As well as central government’s National Information Infrastructure and Data.gov.uk, several local authorities have launched open initiatives, some creating dashboards sharing metrics generated from open datasets (look at the London Datastore, Open Glasgow, Leeds Data Mill, Bath:Hacked and Open Data Bristol, for example).

Open is everywhere

In addition to BIM-related open data conversations, I have attended Constructing Excellence meetings about open data (read Ben Pritchard’s blog post); I am part of an EthosVO-led, Innovate UK R&D project (SkillsPlanner) using open linked data as a resource to help address construction skills shortages; and I have led conversations in the Chartered Institute of Public Relations about the need for communicators to be more data-literate, more aware of open data issues and opportunities.

However, yesterday’s ThinkBIM event (held at AQL’s datacentre housed in a former chapel – now the beeping digital heart of Leeds) was more focused on the built environment challenges and opportunities.

  • While commonly regarded as a mapping organisation, Ordnance Survey’s core skills are in data, technology and interconnections. Echoing the Association for Geographical Information’s recent Foresight report (post), Ordnance Survey’s Paul Griffiths described geospatial data as the ‘glue’ connecting data about built assets to other data about the environment and about social aspects of the areas around those built assets. in February 2015, OS launched OpenMap, a new digital map bringing open geospatial data to mobile and web platforms. Then, using examples drawn from Thames Water projects undertaken using the ‘Semantic BIM’ platform provided by SaaS vendor GroupBC (formerly better known as Business Collaborator), Griffiths showed how data about existing building types and heights, flood risks, crime, employment and education could be used to augment existing decision-making tools (“project design need no longer happen in splendid isolation”).
  • ODI Leeds’ Tom Forth showed various examples of data captured by Leeds City Council and made open, including a powerful example of how public building energy use could be cross-referenced with IT data relating to office occupancy to demonstrate when and where energy savings might be made (making “ten million lines of data” open, he said, also helped make that data usable and bridged gaps that previously existed between FM and IT departmental silos). Datasets about empty buildings, housing density and open spaces could also be accessed to inform public debates about housing shortages and planning decisions.
  • GroupBC’s CTO Steve Crompton then provided a ‘RetroBIM’ critique of legacy information, suggesting around 98% of current built asset data was effectively trapped in drawings and documents held in internal file-sharing systems, not lodged in databases where they could be used as a basis for decision-making (“Let’s democratise some of that data, put it in the cloud,” he said). He briefly described how GroupBC’s Semantic BIM platform could provide vital contextual data to support efficient decision-making for planning, designing, constructing and operating built assets.

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During the panel discussion, it was clear security, commercial confidentiality and personal privacy concerns all need to be addressed in selecting what data might be made open (the Open Data Institute has a useful ‘data spectrum’ diagram showing the continuum from closed to open data). But Tom Forth stressed many bodies currently hold huge volumes of dormant data that could be made open (surely, such data will only have value if someone does something with it?).

Government departments are already opening up some of their data reserves so that they can be explored and exploited. In June 2015, DEFRA, one of the most data-rich departments in Whitehall, opened up thousands of datasets so that they could be more widely used to improve the quality of our natural environment.

It was also clear that the industry currently known as construction is still at an early stage in not just its BIM journey (the BIM Level 2 deadline passed less than two months ago) but also in its open data journey. To re-use an argument I’ve given in recent lectures and conference keynotes, we have only just started to move from “common paper environments” to “common data environments” – and open data is part of the more long-term BIM Level 3 picture (is it just a coincidence that the ‘semantic web’ is sometimes referred to as Web 3.0).

groupbclogoGroupBC: semantic BIM differentiation

I speak regularly to the main SaaS collaboration vendors active in the UK, and GroupBC is the only one actively developing semantic web capabilities. That is not to say that rivals aren’t thinking about integration between their platforms and other information systems – APIs are a key part of Viewpoint’s roadmap, I heard at last week’s customer summit, for example – but GroupBC is pioneering the use of linked data to build new products and enhance the capabilities of existing tools.

Its ‘Semantic BIM’ technology moves beyond the typical uses of BIM for visualisation, clash detection, construction sequencing, etc, and opens up a potentially huge web of related data, from ‘location intelligence’, to data shared by or licensed from other commercial or public bodies, and to data held in internal corporate systems. BIM, therefore, becomes just part of a bigger built asset data picture – the semantic web allows teams to exploit far richer seams of data, potentially unearthing vital ‘nuggets’ of information for accurate and timely decision-making.

Group BC have also written an excellent post on their own blog about their work with Semantic Web – please check it out at the link below. http://www.groupbc.com/blog/2016/06/03/connecting-project-data-beyond-the-site-boundary-thinkbim-2016/

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A selection of the best tweets and images can be found at the storify below. Please keep checking back as presentations will also be available shortly.

ThinkBIM’s next half-day conference, focused on BIM for operation and in-use, is at Squire Patton Boggs new offices in Leeds on Wednesday 6 July 2016 – more details to follow.

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

BSI BIM Conference 2nd December 2014 #BISBIM2014

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Write-up by thinkBIM ambassador, Duncan Reed (@djhreed67)

On December 2nd I wandered along the banks of the Thames, through a very damp London to my second BSI BIM Conference. It had been twelve months since I last attended and BSI has been very busy publishing BIM guidance in the shape of PAS 1192-3:2014 and BS 1192-4:2014 not to mention the even more recent announcement of PAS 1192-5 for Data Security and the fact that our chair, Richard Waterhouse, is also in charge of the NBS-led consortia charged with delivering the Digital Plan of Works and ‘completing’ classification in the form of Uniclass2. But those two little tasks were for another day.

As is traditional for the start of any UK BIM Conference the proceeding opened with Dave Philp (@thephilpster) Director of BIM at Aecom and BIM Task Group, setting the scene, reviewing progress to date and outlining the brave journey into Level 3 – sometime.

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Our second speaker was Anne Kemp (@ACKEMPO), Director, BIM Strategy and Development at Atkins for some fantastic, informative, telling and challenging words on BIM as behavioural change. If BIM really is 80% people and process; 20% technology it does make me wonder why we don’t have more people like Anne explaining how to manage this seismic shift in the way construction should be managed and delivered. If you get an opportunity to hear her speak my advice is grab the chance. If you can’t then read this book she recommended – Mind Change: How digital technologies are leaving their mark on our brains by Susan Greenfield.

 

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Image from Anne Kemp presentation

After Anne I heard my first ever ‘Security Issues in BIM’ presentation by Alex Luck, Principal of A Luck Associates. BIM may be all about collaboration and sharing but what happens if the data gets into the wrong hands. Some real challenges here for the industry to grapple with – particularly when some are still trying to hold onto data rather than even share in the first place. I hope data security doesn’t get hijacked as a reason by some not to do BIM. The PAS 1192-5 draft for consultation is due out early in the New Year.

Before our first coffee break we were treated to an overview of the 1192 family by Mervyn Richards, OBE, and Director of Avanti Partnership. Merv gave a great review of where we have come, what we’ve achieved and what is still to be done. Key message from him –

“You can’t do Level 2 yet – all the documents aren’t yet in place!”

Coffee break over and we returned to our fourth floor basement business suite to hear Paul Oakley (@OakleyCAD), Associate Director BIM at the BRE explain what the BRE has to offer individuals and businesses for BIM training and support. But Level 2 certification? Hmmm.

Next up was my old Balfour Beatty Group friend Andy Powell (@ajbpow), Head of Building Information Modelling at Parsons Brinckerhoff. Andy gave a great overview on how a business needs to define BIM goals as well as frameworks for a Digital Strategy. PB have adopted the hashtag #digitalpotential More information at their website (and the video) http://pbworld.com/digitalpotential/

 

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Image from Andy Powell presentation

Rob Manning gave a great overview on PAS 192-3 and in particular the role of the client whilst David Churcher provided some really useful examples of how this document can be implemented. His examples of what Organisational Information Requirements (OIRs) might actually look like were really useful.

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Image from David Churcher presentation

Keeping up?……… just about but fortunately we all had an opportunity to break for lunch, network, or just catch up with BIM colleagues.

Two o’clock and we were all back in our chairs to here Jon Kerbey, Head of Management Systems on HS2 and the man charged with delivering BIM on this scheme. HS2 has already published a BIM Upskilling report this year and Jon outlined some of the finding. Have to say they sound optimistic to my mind but let’s hope UK construction really does rise the challenge of delivering HS2. Their full report can be found at http://assets.hs2.org.uk/sites/default/files/HS2%20Supply%20Chain%20BIM%20Upskilling%20Study%2013-06-14.pdf

After Jon we were treated, and I use the word wisely, to a shock and awe presentation worthy of Dave Philp or even Paul Morell. Nigel Davies  (@NigelPDavies), Director at Evolve, pulled no punches in de-mystifying, de-bunking and generally giving BIM a good roughing up. But in particular businesses over-complicating BIM and over-stating their abilities were his key targets. Let’s get Level 1 right, a sentiment that has been echoed less vocally by previous speakers too. His statistics on where construction think they are, and where they actually are, on the Bew-Richards BIM wedge put me in mind of the BIM analogies with teenage sex.

BIM is like teenage sex

Everyone talks about it…

Nobody really knows how to do it

Everyone thinks everyone else is doing it

So everyone claims they are doing it!

The final speaker the delegates were treated too, after another dose of caffeine and cake, was Nic Nisbet @nicknisbet – the personification of COBie for the UK(?). Nic gave a great overview of the recently published BS1192-4 Code of Practice in his usual dry manner. Also good to hear that COBie for Infrastructure guidance/case studies are due out soon too.

All the days Twitter events have been captured by the Storify link below  https://storify.com/djhreed67/bsi-bim-conference-london-2nd-december-2014

But the last part of the day was handed over to the delegates for a group discussion session. We were split into 5 groups and asked to review the following questions

15.50 – 16.30 Table discussions

How to improve the effectiveness of processes on projects?

How would you promote BIM as a natural progression within the organisation?

Commitment to BIM – what do we need to do – BIM shopping list

So with a group of about 19 we attempted to answer these questions in the time allowed. What did we end up with? A wide-ranging BIM discussion, pretty much around these points but not necessarily being focussed enough to answer the questions, ensued. Despite not having my trusty bundle of Sharpies from last year I was voted in (??) as Group 3 scribe and presenter.

So, in the true style of BIM as a disruptive technology I amended questions to better fit the answers we were identifying.

How to improve the effectiveness of processes on projects?

How would you promote BIM as a natural progression within the organisation?

Commitment to BIM – what do we need to do – BIM shopping list

So re-focussing the question to an answer of

Improve processes, promote BIM (get) commitment

But as a more full answer and summary of discussions we came up with the following response for our Chair, Richard Waterhouse.

  • It’s all about people – and businesses need to determine who is best placed in their business to deliver BIM (it’s not necessarily the IT Manager – remember BIM is a process not technology)
  • We are looking at a paradigm shift, we can’t just tinker around the edges – a great point made by Andy Powell, Parsons Brinckerhoff, in his presentation earlier in the day.
  • Change needs to start with the individual, a person needs to want to change in the first instance. But change also needs to happen at all levels with business leaders giving leadership
  • Businesses need to understand, and address, the fear of change. Change management is vital for BIM to succeed.

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  • Businesses need to identify problems, they are normally too quick to offer solutions.
  • Businesses also need to learn to work better with new tools; but these tools need to be appropriate!!
  • Businesses also need to plan for change a long time before the change is going to occur. You just can’t rock up for a project start up meeting and expect to deliver BIM. Also remember that one size most definitely does not fit all – solve the issues not the symptoms.
  • Be aware that some changes will happen so rapidly that there is no time to consider them – let them happen!
  • Still be mindful of commercial realities. The group had a long discussion on the (usual) subject of Capex and Opex. But still very valid at present for the industry. Get the Capex and Opex trams together, shake them up and bring out the best from them both. Don’t think of projects, think of assets, in fact don’t even think of assets think of portfolios. But when thinking this way people and businesses still need to ensure that the micro and macro scales are still aligned.
  • BIM is business transformation – as an industry we all manage projects, BIM is ‘just’ another project to manage.
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