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Living in a Digital World – December Half Day Conference in Leeds

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Half-Day Conference (12:00 registration and lunch, 13:00 to 17:00)

Squire Patton Boggs, Leeds

ABOUT

As part of our continued drive to provide a platform for the BIM4Communities (the various groups of advocates promoting BIM adoption across different AEC industry specialists),  we are very pleased to announce our December conference will be delivered in conjunction with the BIM4Housing group and will feature examples of best practice in digitisation in relation to the residential and housing sectors.

The housing market has been making great strides in digital adoption and with the demand for housing continuing to rise it is only right that we showcase the best in class in this sector.

BIM4Housing is a cross-industry group open to all organisations involved in the design, construction, management and delivery of housing, both private and affordable. Membership of BIM4Housing is reflective of the sector, involving clients, contractors, consultants, suppliers, subcontractors and other interested bodies.

KEYNOTES

Richard Whittaker, West Midlands Housing
Richard brings a wealth of knowledge as the Director of Development at West Midlands Housing.
As a social housing client he is a fantastic advocate for the digitisation of assets; gaining benefits from accurate design and material schedules, reduced up front design costs, accurately modelling the life of a building, benefits in terms of design repetition, quick and efficient changes at planning stage and a much more detailed interactive view of the plans at consultation stage

Anne Kemp, Director at Atkins for BIM Strategy and Development and chair of the UK BIM Alliance
Anne is the convenor of the ISO19650 Committee who has taken the UK standards for BIM Level 2, BS1192:2007+A2:2016 and PAS1192-2:2013, through to the International ISO standard that the world will adopt.
Hear first-hand what the differences are between these documents and how the move to ISO can help UK construction businesses to benefit both in the UK and abroad.

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITY

+ Networking Lunch

+ BIM / Digital Update from Conference and thinkBIM Chair, Duncan Reed.

+ Roundtable Discussion Sessions

+ The “Infamous” final session

BOOKING

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£50 per delegate or FREE to Yorkshire and Humber Constructing Excellence Club members. Club members should email Carole at yhceclub@gmail.com to secure your place.

thinkBIM: High Speed Digital half day conference – BIM for Rail and Digital Skills

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Wednesday 19th September 2018

12:00  networking lunch and registration, 13:00 to 17:00 for conference programme. Please note: Tours of the college will be offered PRIOR to the networking lunch (approx 11:00 tbc) – if you would like to have a tour please allow for this additional time out of your day.

thinkBIM are pleased to offer their next conference at a new location – the National College for High Speed Rail in Doncaster, thanks to our event sponsors Bond Bryan Architects. This multi-award winning project will be host to keynote speakers from both the architectural and structural team who designed the scheme and the Chief Executive of the National College for High Speed Rail. Whether you are wanting to improve your own digital skills or those for your business we will be offering tips and techniques, guidance on delivering truly collaborative digital workflows as well as the opportunity to see the state of art facilities on a College tour.

This really is shaping up to be a truly amazing thinkBIM event.

FULL PROGRAMME

Keynotes

Clair Mowbray, the Chief Executive of the National College for High Speed Rail outlines the need for modern training and the role of the College for developing UK Infrastructure.

 

Rob Jackson from Bond Bryan Digital, will discuss how the industry has begun to move forward with their collaborative journey but yet still too often the models produced are not fully focussed on the ‘I’ in BIM. This keynote shares Bond Bryan Digital’s approach and thinking about the goal of Better Information Management (BIM) built around a fully open approach.

Lee Barnett and Richard Osbond from Curtins explains the digital role of the structural engineer and describes their journey to BIM Level 2 Verification by BSI.

Update

thinkBIM Chair, Duncan Reed and Niraj Mistry from the BIM Alliance Special Projects Group will be giving an update on the latest in BIM and Digital with a particular focus on upskilling.

Round Table Discussions (confirmed so far, more to be added!)

Andrew Tewksbury, Arcadis: How the rail industry is looking to develop commercial benefits from the use of digital information.

Rob Jackson, Bond Bryan Digital: The benefits of open data workflows and processes.

Lee Barnett, Curtins: The process and advantages of being BIM Level 2 certified.

The “Final Session”

Known for offering something a little different from your average conference closer, for our September conference we have arranged for a presentation and demo of the new Trimble Connect for Hololens. This technology utilises mixed reality for project coordination by providing precise alignment of holographic data on the construction site or in the factory, enabling workers to review models overlaid in the context of the physical environment.

+ Tours of the multi-award winning facility (most recently crowned Building Project of the Year at the Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber Awards)

Booking – Click to book

£50 per delegate *. This price includes a networking lunch, presentations, round table discussions and a tour of the facility.

*This event is FREE to members of the Yorkshire and Humber Constructing Excellence Club. Please email yhceclub@gmail.com to secure your place.

Get Social

Join in with the hashtag #tbim2018

With thanks to our sponsors for this event

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!

Nobody puts BIM in the corner – thoughts from last night’s #tbim2015

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thinkBIM returned last night with the first event of our summer series, a twilight seminar on BIM to FM and how we can utilise BIM to manage the full life cycle of the buildings we create & operate. A full house of attendees assembled at Old Broadcasting House in Leeds to hear two case studies of BIM FM early adoption; Arup Associates & their refurbishment of two Leeds Beckett University buildings & BAM Construct who reflected on lessons from their Wharfedale Hospital project, including a demo of the BIM 360 field.

As always the twitter stream was buzzing thanks to our social media savvy audience. Their insights & highlights, including images, observations and Patrick Swayze – yes you read that right – are detailed in our event storify below. We will be posting the slides from the event shortly so do keep checking back on our blog for that.

In the meantime, please pencil 3rd June in your diary for the second event in our operation & maintenance summer series. At this event we will be continuing our facilities management theme, providing a more complex introduction to work of FM professionals & how BIM can maximise operational excellence going forward.

thinkBIM featured on the #BIMtwitter50

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Last month Construction Manager and BIM+ set out to identify the most influential, interesting and informative BIM tweeters worldwide and we are thrilled to see that so many of our ambassadors & supporters made the top 50 list, not to mention our own modest placing at number 42.

The search for the UK’s most influential tweeters was conducted using nominations via the #BIMTwitter50 hashtag combined with social media scores from Klout with assistance from  social media in construction expert Paul Wilkinson @EEPaul .

ThinkBIM Chair Duncan Reed @djhreed67 & two other members of our steering group , Rob Jackson  @bondbryanBIM, Tom Oulton @itsBIMupNorth all made the top 10 with at least 30 other individuals in the list having been previously involved in thinkBIM network events. Topping the list was  BIM Task Group‘s David Philp @ThePhilpster with former thinkBIM chair Stephen Hamil from NBS @StephenHamilNBS coming in 2nd.

Whilst not an exact representation of influence, the #BIMtwitter50 does accurately reflect those individuals & organisations with the most active voices in the online BIM community and who are involved in leading the  discussions & debates as we move towards the deadline for government’s Level 2 BIM mandate. Consequently we are extremely proud to have been included & feel that being part of such an active network of BIM advocates adds real value to what we do at thinkBIM.

Duncan says “It’s gratifying to see that the thinkBIM network is sufficiently well-respected that it has been recognised in the top 50 as a trusted source for BIM information. There are still many issues for the industry to resolve in adopting BIM and we look forward to continuing to deliver our award winning events around those key themes

Thanks to everyone who nominated us. The full list can be viewed at the following link

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