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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

Click here to book your place!

 

ThinkBIM Security – 7th December 2016

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December 2016’s ThinkBIM was particularly memorable for an eye-opening and occasionally frightening view of just how vulnerable the built environment might be to cyber attack, writes Paul Wilkinson of pwcom and thinkBIM Steering Group member.

In May 2015, PAS1192-5 – “Specification for security-minded building information modelling, digital built environments and smart asset management” – became the latest addition to the suite of UK BIM documents, and Turner & Townsend’s Nathan Jones gave us the benefit of a non-construction person’s view of this document. Nathan was recruited into the construction industry after working in the armed forces specialising in military grade IT and security-related technologies.

From his presentation and roundtable contributions, it was clear that he felt existing construction industry IT practices lag behind most other industry sectors in respect of security (“Often IT security is a bit backward in construction”).

This is, of course, hardly surprising. Within the living memory of many people still working in the sector, we mostly exchanged information by paper. But now, in the early years of the 21st century, we are increasingly sharing ‘electronic paper’ – emails instead of letters, Word documents instead of typed reports, PDFs or native files instead of drawings, etc. We already must be vigilant about security: guarding against software viruses, ‘phishing’, hacking, and theft or loss of devices, while also continuing to track, store and protect our communications and intellectual property. (And not always successfully: details of the internal layout of a Royal Palace were recently freely distributed to potential tenderers via an email attachment, Nathan said.)

However, the next stages in the digital transformation of the built environment sector are set to make information management more challenging from a security point of view.

 

From BIM to BASM

As firms begin to share and to combine or ‘federate’ data-rich 3D, 4D (time) and 5D (cost) models, project teams will need to heighten their cyber-security regimes.

A shared 3D model may expose intellectual property to competitors. Moreover, a walk-through visualisation of a new building might expose sensitive information about the building’s design – key structural components, locations of key building services, placement of CCTV or other security equipment, for example. Shared 4D models might reveal periods when assets might be susceptible to sabotage or sites could be vulnerable to theft, while a 5D model could reveal commercially sensitive pricing information to competitors.

Published by the British Standards Institute and the Centre for Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI), PAS1192-5 is intended to help teams identify and guard against risks including:

  • hostile reconnaissance
  • malicious acts
  • loss or disclosure of intellectual property
  • loss or disclosure of commercially sensitive information, and
  • release of personally identifiable information.

And our already abbreviation-heavy glossary of BIM terms now includes BASM – built asset security management – as a new discipline. Early engagement with a BAS manager will help a project team and the asset owner develop a strong built asset security strategy (BASS) and management plan (BASMP), said Nathan.

People can be our greatest asset, but also our weakest link

Such measures will become more important in an increasingly connected world of not just ‘smart buildings’ but ‘Smart Cities’. We will need to protect information created during delivery of a new built asset, and – just as importantly, and depending on the asset’s sensitivity – protect some or all of the data created by the people and systems in and around that asset, and in any connected assets or infrastructure.

At the people level, precautions might include procedures limiting information access to those with defined roles (I was encouraged that Nathan identified that some Software-as-a-Service collaboration platforms do this well: restricting access to certain files, models or data only to people with defined responsibilities), supported by systems of passes, logins, keys or other forms of authentication.

 

BASM – it’s about people

As with other aspects of BIM, this is certainly not just about technology, but people and process. Awareness raising and training will be important: working practices learned in the days of paper or “spray and pray” email will need to be amended, and data vulnerabilities addressed. Often the weak link will not be the software or hardware, but the people that use them (users noting passwords and PINs on Post-It notes next to their computers, for example), and, as risks cannot be entirely eliminated, Nathan also advised that organisations need plans and processes dictating how they will respond to security breaches.

In one of the roundtable sessions, John Lorimer asked Nathan if this heightened focus on security might counteract recent years’ efforts to get companies and people to share information more readily. “Security should not stop collaboration, so long as it is controlled and people are aware,” Nathan replied, “BIM is actually helping to trigger some security-minded conversations much earlier. We may soon be segmenting our construction supply chains according to those who are security-aware, and those who aren’t.”

 

Success Stories and Data Security – 7th December 2016

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thinkBIM is five!

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The year is 2011, 2 billion people around the world have watched Will and Kate say ‘I do’, Azerbaijan have just won Eurovision, Little Mix were about to be unleashed into the world and in a quiet corner of Leeds thinkBIM was being born…

This September, thinkBIM is 5 years old and to mark the occasion we have decided to host a networking birthday bash to say thank you to all our friends and supporters who have joined us on our journey. As well as a chance to network with #UKBIMcrew there will be great food, cake, drink and hospitality with a few surprises thrown in too!

And of course no thinkBIM party would be complete without#BIMbeers and #BIMbubbles!

Completely free to attend – please click here to register your attendance for catering purposes

Many thanks to our good friends at Cubicle Centre for very kindly sponsoring our birthday party!

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#tbim2016 returns in Autumn -> featuring BIM & Health, Getting Level 1 right & our half day “roundtable special” conference

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thinkBIM Autumn Series

Design and Pre Construction

****EXTRA EVENT  JUST ADDED****

7th September 2016, Squire Patton Boggs, Leeds, 17:30 onwards 

The UK Level 2 BIM strategy is 5 years old – thinkBIM is 5 years old too. Come along to celebrate this landmark with the original and best BIM knowledge exchange network. With networking, cake and #BIMbeers #BIMbubbles it’s the hottest ticket in town!

 

5th October 2016, The Rosebowl, Leeds, 17:30 onwards

Delivering on the Level 2 mandate – digital healthcare

With the Level 2 BIM Mandate stretch target expected to be announced two days before this twilight seminar we are pleased to have a set of speakers sharing the benefits of doing Level 2 BIM for a centrally procured department.

We are pleased to announce Cliff Jones, P21+ Programme Manager at the Department of Health and David Kershaw, P21+ Programme Director at Balfour Beatty Regional will be sharing the benefits and lessons learnt of moving the P21+ programme into an age of procuring digital and physical assets.

 

2nd November 2016, The Rosebowl, Leeds, 17:30 onwards

Level 1 – the critical foundations to delivering on digital projects

A back-to-basics event to explain/remind/help our network understand how to work collaboratively.

We all know that in order to ‘do’ BIM you need to work in accordance with BS1192:2007 + A2:2016 but how well do we all really know how to use this standard. This event is focussed around getting to grips with the apparently complex container numbering, understanding the purpose of issue and suitability codes as well as explaining who/how/what is a Common Data Environment. Remember – if your business can do Level 1 then you can work on a Level 2 project.

 

7th December 2016, Squire Patton Boggs, Leeds, 12:30 onwards

Our case study focussed half day conference

We know from your feedback that the round table sessions are what make thinkBIM such a unique and great event so we are looking to amend our format to give you more opportunities at this conference to participate in round table sessions.

The focus will be on real projects working digitally and the teams working on them hosting the sessions.

This will be a great opportunity to find out how the industry is really doing BIM, see how your peers are responding to the challenges and understand what your customers want from you too.

A not to be missed opportunity to upskill your digital knowledge.

 

Only £110 for all four events – click here to book!

Tickets for individual events can also be booked at the link above EXCEPT for our 7th Sept event which should be booked via the link on our website here

 

 

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