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A day at the YORhub Client Conference

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by thinkBIM Chair, Duncan Reed.

Thursday 15th November saw the first YORhub Client conference take place at Aspire in Leeds. thinkBIM were represented through Liz and Donna on a Leeds Beckett University School of the Built Environment and Engineering stand while I was supporting Adam Holmes, Interim Design Manager from East Riding of Yorkshire Council (and long-time thinkBIM supporter) in a workshop session titled “The benefits to clients in using BIM and Soft Landings”

Firstly a massive thank you needs to go out to the team at YORhub for getting over 100 clients in one room to talk about important topics such as the National Construction Procurement Strategy for local government, lessons to be learned from the Grenfell disaster, the fallout from Carillion, delivering social value through procurement, NEC vs JCT contracts and of course BIM.

 

OIRs, AIRs, AIMs, EIRs, BEPs? The world of BIM is still a confusing place without a huge amount of consensus. So how do you get started a clients, designer, contractor or supply chain partners to understand what is really needed?

Because of this Adam and I focussed our breakout session on the drivers for working digitally, for “doing BIM”, and how this can be translated to useful processes that deliver value for YORhub members. We wanted delegates to understand the strategic need to define digital deliverables and how these can be expressed in a non-technical way to both construction and non-construction professionals alike to add value throughout the lifecycle of an asset.

Helpfully the UK BIM Alliance has recently published a great guide for Clients to help them to ‘go digital’ see link http://www.ukbimalliance.org/news-and-events/articles/going-digital/

In addition to discussing (and recommending) this guide our session focussed primarily on just Figure 4 from PAS1192-3:2014.

I’ve always thought this is a really important diagram by putting the wider needs of a business in the context of digital processes. But equally though that some of the terms that are used feel like construction terminology that probably means nothing to business leaders. Yet these same business leaders will probably be doing all of this already, just using different terms.

So our session focussed on helping the delegates understand what OIRs, AIRs and EIRs might actually be, how they are probably defining them already and so how to match existing business processes to the drivers of BIM.

First up was OIRs – basically I believe that this is actually not much different to a business’s mission statement; that paragraph on the home page on your website that sums up what you do, your values and how you do it. When you think about it this way it starts to become easier to see where an Organisations Requirements start to relate to Information that define their assets. In less than 10 minutes in each session we came up with these great answers for OIRs

  • World Class Teaching (our examples from the room were both new developments at Universities)
  • The number of students the University wants to attract
  • The subjects they want to offer – improved existing and new
  • Carbon Targets
  • Environmental Targets
  • Sustainability
  • Asset Value, accounting requirements
  • Statutory information

From this it then became easier to start to develop Asset Information Requirements. Examples that were generated by the delegates were

  • The Number of Properties needed
  • Occupation Levels required, Uses
  • Accommodation Schedule and Room Area requirements
  • BREEAM
  • Lifespan Requirements, Targets (or Reality)
  • Specific Data Requirements such as room numbering
  • FM / Maintenance Statutory Information needed
  • IT Provision for the asset

We discussed the use of performance specifications to drive value or where specified products may be a preferred option for a client instead. But overall the AIRs should take business goals and make then something tangible for a specific asset.

We debated whether Plain Language Questions actually come from the AIRs rather than being another feed into the EIRs. However if you consider a Plain Language Question is a question asked in a language you (the person or organisation raising the question) understands then we came to the conclusion that these questions are the results of Stakeholder Engagement and End User requirements. These parties should be free to ask their questions in a way that makes sense to them and it is the construction teams role to turn those into the more technical requirements defined in the EIRs.

Overall I found both sessions really interesting; it was great to have client focussed conversations with an engaged group of clients. Going through Figure 4 in some detail helps everyone to understand what information is needed when and why which helps to demystify the whole process. We heard that YORhub is looking to set up a Client Group and for me this can only be a good thing. Here at thinkBIM we will be very keen to support this group to help and advise them on how they might practically adopt appropriate digital processes on their projects and asset portfolios.

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Then came the latest BIM Reports that have been published.

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

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

 

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

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

 

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

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

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

NEXT EVENT

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

 

 

 

 

thinkBIM Spring Conference 2018

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

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

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

Keynotes

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

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

Roundtables

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

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

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

 

+ Buffet Lunch and Networking

+ Panel Discussion

 Click here to book your place!

£80 for an individual ticket

 or 

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

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.

 


Squire Patton Boggs, Leeds

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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

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
and

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

                                                                                                                                                                                         Click here to book your place!

 

 

#BIMOpenMic in Yorkshire,Round One: Sheffield! -Tuesday 14th March 2017

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thinkBIM
in collaboration with BDP, Steel City BIM, Graitec and Digitalgreen
presents…
Tuesday 14th March 2017
BDP Offices, 1 N Bank, Sheffield S3 8JY 
18:00 to 21:00

We are delighted to announce that following the success of the Manchester session, #BIMOpenMic is continuing up North!
These events are about starting conversations and generating discussion about all things BIM and helping address the day to day issues it presents in our work.
So join us for observations, opinions, rants, tips and tricks at our “anything goes” session. Be there and be vocal!
Can’t make it to Sheffield?
Keep an eye out for further dates around the County
#itsBIMupNorth meets #BIMOpenMic – the perfect combination

Many thanks to our hosts BDP and event sponsors Graitec for helping us to put this event together.

FORMAT
 
1 Mic
1 Spotlight
1 screen (with sound if required)
80 People
Sign up to speak on the night, Only 6 x 10 minute slots (first come, first served)
BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)
 
SUBJECTS 
 
Anything Goes!
Platform agnostic
Topic agnostic
Discipline agnostic
Hot topics encouraged
Audience participation encouraged
NO SALES PITCHES!

Click here to book your FREE place!

thinkBIM is a Leeds Beckett University initiative

 

 

 

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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#BIMOpenMic is coming up North!

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BIM North West & Yorkshire Regions in collaboration with Graitec, BDP, Digitalgreen and thinkBIM present… #BIMOpenMic – Manchester

Thursday 24th November 2016

BDP Offices, 11 Ducie Street, Manchester, M1 2JB, 

18:00 to 21:00

We are delighted to announce that following the success of the London sessions, #BIMOpenMic is coming up North! #BIMOpenMic nights are about starting conversations and generating discussion about all things BIM and helping address the day to day issues it presents in our work.

So join us on 24th November at BDP Offices in Manchester and give us your observations, opinions, rants, tips and tricks at our “anything goes” session. Be there and be vocal!

Many thanks to our hosts BDP and event sponsors Graitec for helping us to put this session together.

 

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