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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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To book the LEEDS event click here

 

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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

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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