Category: Level 2

ThinkBIM returns with BIM for logistics/planning & best of UK BIM, BIM Alliance collaborative conference

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thinkBIM returns for our 6th year, yes 6 – we’ve been going as long at the Government BIM Strategy itself! To celebrate, we are pleased to offer two really great and innovative events.

Not just 4D, Digital Logistics & Planning too

(Twilight Seminar) Wednesday 1st November 2017, 17:30 registration & refreshments, 18:00 to 19:30

Rose Bowl, RB538 Lecture Theatre D, Leeds

For a long time the basic idea of 4D BIM has been well understood by the construction industry but other than running an animation of the construction sequence what can you really do when you add time to a model?

Three very different views will be presented on the broader benefits of digital planning and logistics processes, a tool for helping the rail industry to validate possessions programmes and how the demolition industry is embracing BIM.

Speakers

Professor Terrence Fernando, ThinkLab, University of Salford

Lee Mullin, Autodesk

Kiran Rai, The Coleman Group

£25 per ticket

The best of UK BIM – the UK BIM Alliance

(Half Day Conference) Wednesday 6th December 2017

12:00 lunch and registration, 13:00 to 17:30

 Squire Patton Boggs, 6 Wellington Pl, Leeds

thinkBIM – the home of the Yorkshire and Humberside BIM Region, the UK BIM Alliance and the BIM4Communities come together to give you the widest overview of UK digital adoption you could ever wish to hear about.

With keynote presentations from the UK BIM Alliance, the Government Task Group and roundtables hosted by the BIM4Communities delegates will get a fantastic opportunity to understand what best-in-class looks like, the challenges these interest groups are facing and the support that is available to you from your peers.

Speakers

Anne Kemp, Chair, UK BIM Alliance

Fiona Moore, UK Government BIM Task Group

+ representatives from BIM 4 Communities groups

Willmott Dixon will also present on the National High Speed Rail College project in Doncaster, the winner of 2017 Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber Digital Construction Award

£80 per ticket

BOOKINGS

Book for either or both events via our online store

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Interested in sponsoring one or both of these events? Contact ckeevents@leedsbeckett.ac.uk

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!

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).

 

 

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.

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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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To book the LONDON event click here

 

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

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)

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Thinkbim returns with our spring series #tbim2015

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2015 is now upon us, a year that sees the next general election and the last chance for the UK construction industry to determine how to deliver Level 2 BIM.

Still trying to get to grips with what this all means? Why not come along to our Spring series to hear what contractors and manufacturers are doing to make digital processes work for them.

Dates for your diary

Recycling Data

Wednesday 4th February 2015 17:30 to 19:30

We welcome back our thinkBIM friends BAM Construct to talk about how they are utilising model base workflows to benefit more and more of their business functions

 

Bim for Manufacturers; a joint event with the BIM4M2 group

Wednesday 4th March 2015 17:30 to 19:30

Hear speakers from BIM 4 Manufacturers and Manufacturing Group discuss their BIM journey to date

 

GreenBIM Half-day Conference

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

Following on from our successful first #GreenBIM conference in December we continue to drive the BIM & Sustainability Agenda focusing on the construction & assembly phase of the building life cycle. Check out our write-up of last December’s great inaugural GreenBIM here, where we welcomed a (more than!) full house to discuss key issues around how we can use BIM to make our buildings & building processes more sustainable.

 

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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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