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Taking 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, infrastructure and landscape.

This event has been 18 months in the making and will focus on how BIM can improve the context of a project as well as deliver benefits to infrastructure schemes.  We are bringing together a group of leading practitioners from this sector to look at how widely BIM has been adopted to date and what future innovations we can expect.

We are pleased to announce the following keynote speakers for this unique event;

  • Karen Alford, BIM/GSL Programme Manager, Environment Agency
  • Roger Wantling, Senior User Area 12 and BIM Programme Board Member for Maintenance, Highways Agency
  • Henry Fenby-Taylor, BIM System Designer at Colour Urban Design, representing the Landscape Institute.
  • Rob Jackson, Associate Director, Bond Bryan Architects

Don’t miss this it is a unique opportunity to discuss how BIM processes can be implemented on infrastructure and external works.  Come along to help debate and discuss how digitalisation could affect the shape of this part of the industry.


thinkBIM – BIM Outside the Building half-day conference

Wednesday 2nd December 2015, 12:30 – 17:30

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

Click here to book your place

£70 or free to Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber Club members

Building Bridges with BIM #tbim2015

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Almost six months ago we held our GreenBIM half-day conference in which I sat in on a round table discussion themed around BIM and Infrastructure. The overriding feeling was that infrastructure in the UK was poor, underfunded and with too strong a focus on glory projects rather than the local investment required to help businesses (SMEs in particular) to function more efficiently. The group agreed that BIM and digital solutions provided an answer but not until current BIM technologies can serve infrastructure as well as buildings.

Six months on and with the Level 2 BIM deadline vastly approaching, where does BIM and Infrastructure stand now? On Wednesday 7th October, for the first in our thinkBIM Autumn series, we welcomed five members of the AECOM Mott MacDonald Joint Venture engineering team to Old Broadcasting to talk about their work on the technically challenging Ordsall Chord railway improvement project from a BIM perspective.

The multi-disciplinary project team delivered an excellent ‘warts and all’ case study presentation which addressed specific complexities of the scheme including the widening of existing brick arch viaducts, design of both precasts and insitu concrete elements and detailing of steel structures using fabrication software whilst finding innovative ways of providing the key deliverables to the client.

Due to the confidential nature of the scheme we are unable to share the full set of slides and presentation notes with you (all the more reason for you to be in the thinkBIM audience next time!), however check out our storify below with the best tweets and images from the event for a summary of what was discussed.

Don’t forget to join us for our next event on 4th November where we will be discussing risk-free BIM. Holy Grail or closer than you think? Be part of the audience and have your say (details and booking here).



Yesterday’s GreenBIM as it happened

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

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

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



Round Table Discussions

Nitesh Magdani, Director of Sustainability, BAM Construct UK Ltd

“BIM, sustainability and the circular economy”

Mark Whittaker, Business Development Manager, Integral UK Limited

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

Steve Owen, Senior FM Consultant, FM180 Ltd

“How to BIM 4 FM”

Tom Oulton, BIM Manager, Turner & Townsend Project Management

“BIM and the role of the client”








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

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

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

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

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

How does it work?

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

Sound good?

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



Manufacturer’s Roundtable – Take-Aways

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17056367051_2e806c4d00_oThe latest series at thinkBIM gave product manufacturers a platform to be heard – and to be questioned.

The discussion that followed has been up there with the most passionate of any thinkBIM series I have attended.

The good news for manufacturers is – we’re making progress.

More designers and more contractors are wanting to learn about our BIM content and process. All keen to see how this could benefit their business and how we could work with them in future.

So, when thinkBIM asked me to host roundtables at the #GreenBIM half-day event I jumped at the chance.

The topic I chose related to manufacturer BIM content and a recent post I wrote on the subject: Why Do Specifiers Ignore Your BIM Content?

The sessions provided further insight into the perception and use of manufacturer content. Groups from both sessions agreed on the following five take-aways:

There is no one-size-fits-all answer

Manufacturers need to appreciate differing attitudes and cultures within the design industry to help them deliver the best BIM solution.

Advice: Talk to your specifiers before investing.

When it comes to manufacturer BIM content – be useful

Don’t hinder projects with objects that have massive file sizes or information that isn’t relevant.

Advice: Kye Rooney – BIM Apprentice at East Riding of Yorkshire Council – made a super point: “Don’t go crazy with the 3D!”

Don’t ignore the visualisation aspect of BIM

Clients can now virtually experience a building before construction. As Alex Bill of Laing O’Rourke mentioned in the first session – visuals are now used by contractors to help win bids.

Advice: Having BIM objects could see your products used in visuals. Also consider the possibility of using BIM objects to create your own visuals for marketing purposes.

How do the costs compare to traditional product photography?

What data should manufacturers provide?

When it comes to Level of Information (LOI), what specific data does Facilities Management (FM) need? Manufacturers can provide COBie data, but does this meet FM and client requirements?

Suggestion: The client or FM should drive this. It would be good to have a manufacturer / FM discussion about the data at a future thinkBIM event.

Getting the data values correct

It was clear from discussions about my Guide to BIM Object Data that manufacturers need more help in this area.

Some manufacturers are providing data but not always relevant data, and not always to the correct values. The group agreed that manufacturers need to address this if the data is to be of use further on in the construction process.

Suggestion: Su Butcher suggested a good starting point would be to get the Guide to BIM Object Data into the mainstream, possibly via the BIM4M2 group (BIM for Manufacturers and Manufacturing).


Thanks to all who contributed during these sessions. I look forward to continuing the conversation at future thinkBIM events.

Behavioural change, Digital Toolkit, those PDTs again and #BIM Beers at our #GreenBIM Construction & Assembly Conference

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On 1st April the Centre for Knowledge Exchange (CKE) once again brought together its thinkBIM & Green Vision networks at Squire Patton Boggs in Leeds in a half day #greenBIM conference themed on how effective use of data can lead to greener outcomes for buildings and their occupants.

The assembled audience were treated to a presentation on behavioural change, a whistle stop tour of the new NBS BIM toolkit (a whole week before those at BIM Show Live), on overview of BIM implmentation in Copenhagen, two round table discussion sessions & a Pecha Kucha showcase which seamlessly blended laser scanning, funding support for BIM adoption, Biomimicry & green materials.  The event was chaired by Su Butcher, hereafter referred to as the first lady of social media, and was rounded off with a curry and of course #BIMbeers. The conversation and the beer was flowing (almost too well at one point, thanks Duncan for saving the day there, not to mention Squire’s very nice carpets!). The day produced a phenomenal amount of content which we couldn’t possibly squeeze all in to one post so here is our summary of what happened with more posts to follow!

You can also read Su’s thoughts from the day over on the Just Practising blog here

Can’t attend #GreenBIM – join our webcast below!

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greenbimWe are pleased to announce that we will be live streaming #GreenBIM Construction and Assembly on 1st April for those who are unable to attend.

The stream will start at 13:00 on April 1st at the link below.

Please note that we will be streaming all the presentations & the pecha kucha showcase but regret that for technical reasons we are unable to live stream the roundtable sessions. We will have some participants live tweeting from the roundtable sessions though so join the debate on Twitter using the hashtag #GreenBIM.



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


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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Preview of the new digital toolkit at the first #TBIM2015

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At the first ThinkBIM of 2015, an assembled audience of over 40 guests were given a sneak preview of the new NBS Digital Toolkit. Due for initial rollout in April 2015 the aim of this free-to-use toolkit is to provide step-by-step support to define, manage and validate responsibility for information development and delivery at each stage of the asset lifecycle, in preparation for the Government-mandated use of Level 2 BIM on all public sector projects by 2016. NBS was awarded the government contract by the BIM Task Group, in association with Innovate UK.

On the evening 4th February we welcomed Andrew Brook from RIBA Enterprises / NBS to demo progress on the toolkit so far. The evening also featured a presentation from thinkBIM Ambassador, Duncan Reed (djhreed67) on support available to SMEs to assist them with their BIM implementation.  See event storify below for a summary of the evening’s discussions.

Some dates for your diary

4th March 2015 – BIM 4 Manufacturing & Manufacturers thinkBIM twilight seminar

1st April 2015 – GreenBIM Conference (featuring a further demo from NBS on the finished toolkit)

Book here


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