Category: Construction and Assembly

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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ThinkBIM Construction and Assembly 2017 – 1st March 2017

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Process, Case Study and a Red Kite – how SES is using BIM

Wednesday 1st March 2017, Leeds

17:30 for registration, 18:00 to 19:30


SES Engineering Services Ltd, recognised as one
of the leading M&E partners in the UK, will be bringing a new view
on digital delivery to thinkBIM delegates from their
perspective as a specialist designer and installer.

BIM Process – the importance of the Master Information Delivery Plan
and Level of Definition
A project case study – from detailed design through to offsite manufacture
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In a change to our third presentation we are very pleased to welcome Nick Tune, CEO of CoBuilder to speak about PDTs, PDS, the importance of data and their link between goBIM and CPAs LEXiCON.

No theories here – all hard won real results borne out of delivering on numerous projects across the UK.

 

Room 513, 5th Floor, The Rose Bowl, Leeds LS1 3HB

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Twilight seminar: “Making IFC child’s play – Lego Architecture meets Open BIM” 8th February, Leeds

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ThinkBIM Construction and Assembly 2017 – Sponsored by SES Engineering Services Ltd

Two great presenters explaining how and why IFC, the format for OpenBIM data exchanges came about and how it can be used effectively on projects today.

Professor Arto Kiviniemi, from the University of Liverpool is one of the original members of the International Alliance for Interoperability, founded in 1996, now known as buildingSMART International. He is currently a member of their International Technical Advisory Group. Arto returns to thinkBIM to give delegates a unique understanding of how and why the IFC data exchange format has been developed.

The COBienator is back!

We are delighted to announce that one of thinkBIM’s founding fathers will be back to present at this event. For those of you familiar with Rob’s recent blogs he has been testing all manner of BIM workflows through the classic Villa Savoye building – as re-created by Lego Architecture. A not to be missed presentation explaining and proving how IFC can and does work across a variety of software platforms.  With some Lego, 3D printing and laser scanning thrown in too.

Definitely a not to be missed event!

Wednesday 8th February 2017, Leeds

17:30 for registration, 18:00 to 20:00

 

Room 538, Lecture Theatre D, 5th Floor, The Rose Bowl, Leeds LS1 3HB

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What good BIM looks like: Round-up of #tbim2016 Spring Conference

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On Wednesday 23rd March we brought our thinkBIM Spring Series 2016 to a close with our sold-out half-day conference at WSP Offices in Leeds, looking at the best of BIM over the last five years and where the industry is in relation to the BIM Level 2 mandate. The event attracted over 60 people representing architects, clients, consultants and contractors all at various stages of their BIM journey and was chaired by long time thinkBIM ambassador, Stephen Hamil at RIBA Enterprises. Stephen has done his own excellent summary of the day over on his blog Construction Code which you can read here http://constructioncode.blogspot.co.uk/2016/03/think-bim-spring-conference-2016.html

Our first speaker was our UK keynote, David Philp. He was of course meant to be at the conference in person but his BIM duties took him overseas unexpectedly, so he did his presentation over the web, seamlessly (well almost), from a busy airport lounge in Perth. Dave gave a whistlestop overview of the last five years, reviewing the level 2 journey and the benefits it has brought to date. Dave will be making a recorded version of his presentation with slides which we will share on the blog as soon as we receive it.

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James Austin, Then and now. From our scoping event in 2011 (left) to the present day (right).

Next up was James Austin, Product Manager at Autodesk and an original founding member of thinkBIM. James was also a speaker at the inaugural thinkBIM event nearly five years ago to the date of the conference. James delivered his personal overview of BIM over the last five years highlighting the landscape that BIM came about in, the development of the UK BIM task groups and its journey in line with policy and Construction 2025. Full of good stuff, you can watch and listen to the full presentation at the following link,

https://autodesk.box.com/s/rqr9ecf2c0nasa708huklqebib3rh69m .

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Adam Matthews: EU BIM aim is to have a European digital single market for construction 2020

Following James we then welcomed Adam Matthews, Chair of the newly formed EU BIM Task Group who presented on the innovations that UK BIM has created and how that is now feeding into European BIM Strategy and EU guidelines on publically procured projects. It was clear from Adam’s presentation that BIM is an area where the UK has the potential to lead the rest of Europe. Adam’s full presentation can be viewed at the Issu link below.

After the presentations the groups convened for roundtable sessions, notes of which will be posted on the blog shortly. After our two roundtable sessions, the conference was brought to a close with a Q & A session featuring James and Adam and joined by Jason Richards from WSP and Tom Oulton from the Yorkshire and Humber BIM region. The Q & A raised a couple of reoccurring issues; i.e. software competition and compatibility, sharing and IP issues. However the consensus of the panel was that we need to share and get our information out there… principally because it’s probably out there anyway. Attendees were then treated to a well-earned BIM beer and curry provided by the excellent Friends for Dinner in Leeds. Thanks to our event hosts, WSP, network sponsors, Trimble Tekla, and our series sponsors, Exactal for all their support making Spring #tbim2016 a success.

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 with thanks to our sponsors and supporters

Our storify summary of the best tweets and images from the day can be found at the link below. In the meantime thinkBIM will return on 4th May with our summer series on FM and Operations. This series will feature twilight seminars on 4th May and 1st June as well as our half day conference on 6th July. Mark them in your diary now!

#tbim2016 continues with… BIM DfMA and the black art of MEP

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***PLEASE NOTE THAT DUE TO POPULAR DEMAND WE HAVE HAD TO CHANGE THE VENUE OF THIS EVENT TO  THE ROSEBOWL*** 

 

Wednesday March 9th 2016

Twilight seminar

The Rose Bowl, Leeds – Room RB437, theatre B

We are pleased to be hosting another joint event with CIBSE, this time focussing on how Building Services contractors and manufacturers are developing their digital processes and content to assist project teams.

BIMstore will be talking about their work with major building services manufacturers, why creating these objects is important for the industry and how they are now being used across the lifecycle of projects. There has even been mention of how they work with another thinkBIM favourite topic – Product Data Templates.

G&H Building Services will be describing how they have approached BIM adoption in their business – a great case study in how they have developed their digitals services in ways that suit their business and the benefits this has brought.

Turner & Townsend will also be explaining why the data in building services models is so important and demonstrating how cost certainly can be derived from this information. Focussing on quality, quantification and estimation the team from T&T will offer a great insight into 5D workflows.

To get involved join us on 9th March 2016

at Old Broadcasting House, Leeds Beckett University,

Leeds, LS2 9EN

17:30 – 19:30

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BIM in Yorkshire – a case study in collaboration

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Wednesday February 3rd Twilight seminar

Old Broadcasting House, Leeds

17:30 to 19:30

We all know its BIM up north and here’s the team to prove it.  At the first event in our Spring series we will hear from Henry Boot Construction who will be explaining their BIM journey and showcasing the benefits of digital collaboration with the team on the Extra Care Housing Scheme at Yeadon, near to Leeds Bradford Airport.

It’s always great to hear about teams recycling data and this project is no exception with examples of quantities checks, construction simulation of the RC frame, planning and clash detection, resolving complex roof geometry, its uses by the structural steel subcontractor as well as the general space planning of a curved building.

Our Speakers include,

Kevin Dight, Henry Boot Construction

Philip Lambourne, Henry Boot Construction

Simon Collins, Watson Batty Architects

Paul Brownlow, Dudleys Consulting Engineers

Andy Volkes, Framedeck Structual Steel Work

Come along to hear about the team’s excellent collaborative work on this flagship scheme!

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What good BIM events look like: CIBSE, Henry Boot Construction and the Philpster to headline thinkBIM Spring Series

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Whilst some might suggest Level 2 is the norm and the world of digital construction is sorted here at thinkBIM we know that people are still looking for advice, support and guidance wherever they are on their BIM journey. So we are pleased to offer a high quality Spring series focussed on the Construction and Assembly phase of the lifecycle of a built asset.

 

Wednesday 3rd February – Twilight seminar

BIM in Yorkshire – a case study in collaboration

We all know its BIM up north and here’s the team to prove it. Henry Boot Construction will be showcasing their BIM journey, the NFB BIM Champion’s programme and an all Yorkshire case study of collaboration for a project in Yeadon.

Speakers include Henry Boot themselves, Watson Batty Architects, Dudleys Civil and Structural Engineers and Frame Deck Ltd, Steel Fabricators

 

Wednesday 9th March – Twilight seminar

BIM, DfMA and the black art of MEP

We are pleased to be hosting another joint event with CIBSE, this time focussing on how Building Services contractors and manufacturers are developing their digital processes and content to assist project teams.

Expect offsite manufacturing, suppliers content and they are even offering a bit of virtual reality too!

 

Wednesday 23rd March – half day conference

What good BIM looks like

With only 12 days to go until the Level 2 fanfare we are delighted to announce that David Philp is returning to thinkBIM as a keynote speaker. This conference will showcase some of the best speakers and round table hosts from our illustrious 5 year history. Come and hear from a wide range of professional experts and participate in lively roundtable discussions as we deliver our best in class review of everything digital in construction.

 

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We are delighted to announce Exactal as our Spring Series sponsor.

Exactal is pleased to be sponsoring the Spring Series of thinkBIM. Exactal creates world-leading & innovative construction software, used in over 70 countries around the world. Our main product, CostX, has fast gained popularity throughout the UK and the world as the leading BIM estimating solution. With intuitive BIM & 2D takeoff, integrated workbooks & customised reports, all in the one program, CostX will make your estimating faster, smarter and more accurate. Visit www.exactal.co.uk for more information.

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