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Open Data from Land, Sea and Space: What we learnt from #tbim2018 Summer Conference

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The title tried to convey the theme we were sharing but it’s always hard to try and sum up the afternoon – so much great and interesting stuff always happens at thinkBIM. In particular the task to sum up the conference feels even harder to do after the great speakers our Conference sponsors, GroupBC, secured for the event.

But first we opened with our now standard spot of ‘Digital News’. Even though our conferences are only three months apart there is always a load of new reports, documents or updates to share with our delegates. This last quarter has been no exception.

The first update was a sobering one, particularly as our conference took place on the eve of the first anniversary of the terrible Grenfell fire. The resulting Independent Review of Building Regulations and Fire Safety was led by Dame Judith Hackitt. The report, https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/independent-review-of-building-regulations-and-fire-safety-final-report published in May 2018, examines building and fire safety regulations and related compliance and enforcement. It sets out over 50 recommendations for government as to how to deliver a more robust regulatory system for the future.

The report advocates clients, designers and contractors make applied use of

  • Building Information Modelling
  • Robust Information Management
  • Consistent digital records from inception to handover to Operation & Maintenance

The next update shared was the expected publication of the first of the suite of ISO19650 standards – the international standards for BIM based around the BS and PAS 1192 suite of documents. BS 1192:2007 and PAS 1192-2 are expected later this year with PAS 1192-3 and PAS 1192-5 due in 2020.

Then came the latest BIM Reports that have been published.

As an aside it was good to see the Plain Language Pledge getting immediately adopted by the rest of our speakers – everything explained clearly for the delegates.

Our first keynote was from Trevor Mossop, Technical Manager at JT Mackley & Co Ltd and a GroupBC customer. Trevor showed precisely why businesses need to adopt and use Common Data Environments. Through their use of Business Collaborator Mackleys have been able to geo-locate project data for their projects and borehole data from the EA as well as overlay utilities information to help them improve site safety. It was great to see how numerous structured data sets can be brought together to help their business work more safely and effectively. There is more information on this on the thinkBIM guest blog from Trevor also published here.

 

Our next keynote was from Karen Alford, FCRM Manager – Digital Data and Information at the Environment Agency. After Trevor’s great presentation it was really good to have Karen back at thinkBIM to provide the client side and wider view of the Environment Agency.

One of many things that the EA have been doing since Karen last spoke at thinkBIM I making their data sets open. This is great news for everyone and shows how Government departments and agencies can really assist in making the step to digital adoption very small. As ever Karen is keen to keep pushing the Environment Agency and also shared their list of current DADI Projects (Digital Asset Data and Information) as well as their roadmap to 2021 showing their next steps in even greater digital adoption.

 

After our round table sessions we were all treated to an amazing presentation from Sakthy Sulvakumanan around her PhD research on Monitoring minute movements of infrastructure assets from space. It turns out that there are Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) satellites orbiting the earth that can accurately measure the movements of structures, to within millimetres per year, with measurements taken at regular intervals. Sakthy started by sharing some amazing satellite images of cities where tunnelling works have had a few millimetres effect on buildings before focussing on the more complex interpretation of bridge movement, with the help of some bright steel pyramids fixed to these structures. It was a fascinating presentation and again showed how bringing together various data sets can really add value. For more information on Sakthy’s research we recommend you view her TEDx Newnham talk here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4tEQ79eWU8

thinkBIM’s summer conference was a great success – again. This is in no small part to the well-oiled machine that is the awesome events team of Liz and Donna at Leeds Beckett University as well as the fantastic support we get from our hosts Squire Patton Boggs, and in particular Lauren Guest

You can see more of the conversation by checking the Twitter feed on #tbim2018

NEXT EVENT

Our next event will be taking place at the National College of High Speed Rail in Doncaster on Wednesday 19th September and will feature presentations from Clair Mowbray (Chief Executive of National College for High Speed Rail), Rob Jackson (Bond Bryan Digital – architects for the NCHSR scheme) and Richard Osbond (Director at Curtins Consult).  Details can be found by clicking the image below or by clicking here.

 

 

 

 

2018: A BIM Odyssey – thinkBIM Summer Conference – Open Data from Land, Sea and Space (Event)

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thinkBIM, in conjunction with our event sponsors Group BC, are pleased to bring you our summer conference on the theme of data management in the context of the work of the Environment Agency.

Details

Wednesday 13th June 2018, 12:00 registration and networking, 13:00 to 17:00 Conference

Squire Patton Boggs, 6 Wellington Place, Leeds, LS1 4AP

Speakers

Karen Alford, BIM/GSL Programme Executive will be returning to give delegates an insight into the Environment Agency’s digital journey and their next step.

As an asset owner the EA has spent time documenting and structuring standards, data and document requirements.  This helped shaped their Employer’s Information Requirements and their overall approach to digitising their business processes. Karen will also be outlining what’s next on their digital journey- the sharing of asset information through API capabilities in their infrastructure maintenance programme.

Trevor Mossop, Technical Services Manager, JT Mackley & Co. Ltd, will be presenting on their businesses experience in Connecting Data and looking at how BIM on coastal and flood defence projects can be linked to Geographical Information Systems to provide easily accessible asset information.

Trevor discusses the challenges Mackley faced on the Environment Agency flood protection project at Shoreham, West Sussex, including his involvement in the development of a new BC module looking at how to make better, mobile use of geospatial data and how to engage users in the field with minimal BIM knowledge or training.

Sakthy Selvakumaran, Engineering Director and CBS Consultants, an ICE Schools Ambassador and listed as a Forbes 2016 Top 30 under 30 in Europe in Engineering and Manufacturing.

Sakthy is a Chartered Engineer who has worked across different roles, continents and cultures. These roles include designing new structures on mega-projects like Crossrail, assessment to upgrade UK infrastructure assets, and working on sites to resolve critical construction issues.

Sakthy will be presenting on her University of Cambridge PhD research on “Can satellites really detect millimetre-scale movements from space?”

+ BIM FOCUSSED INDUSTRY UPDATE

+ ROUND TABLE DISCUSSIONS

+ NETWORKING LUNCH

+ THE INFAMOUS FINAL SESSION

Our final session this time will take a lively look at the NBS BIM Report 2018. The report, which was published on 10th May 2018, is the seventh report compiled and published by the NBS and tries to tell a story of where the UK Construction industry believes it is as in terms of BIM adoption. But do these statistics tell the real picture? We will challenge delegates over some of the headline figures, leading the discussion as to what these figures might really mean and where the industry might really be at in terms of BIM Adoption. So, in the footsteps of Benjamin Disraeli once said (or possibly Mark Twain!!) we will finish off our summer conference with lies, damned lies and statistics.

Cost:

£80 per delegate or FREE for Yorkshire & Humber Constructing Excellence Club members

Click here to book (directs to Leeds Beckett University online store)

With thanks to our Event Sponsor: groupbc.com

 

 

thinkBIM Spring Conference 2018

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12:00 registration and networking lunch, 13:00 to 17:30 conference
Squire Patton Boggs, Wellington Place, Leeds

thinkBIM is back and pleased to announce our first conference for 2018 which ties in with Leeds Digital Week. We are one of the only events representing construction and it is our chance to show off how the industry is harnessing digital innovation to create buildings fit for the future.

For this event, we will be bringing you two keynote addresses from teams that have delivered private sector projects digitally in the retail sector.

Keynotes

Adam Ward, from BIM Technologies will be talking about how they worked on the Victoria Gate shopping centre in Leeds. The scheme, delivered by Sir Robert McAlpine utilised federated models to resolve the complex geometry of the envelope of this structure in steel, precast concrete and glass.

John Adams, a Director at BIM Strategy will be talking about the Feethams Development project in Darlington. This mixed use scheme combining a shopping centre, cinema and hotel used digital technologies to successfully deliver a complex, challenging scheme with some major design changes along the way!

Roundtables

Both Adam Ward and John Adams will be running round tables alongside the following;

Anthony Harte -Anthony and the team at James & Ward have delivered over 1 million square feet of new build and remodelled space in BIM since 2009. With particular expertise and over 17 years’ experience in retail architecture, Anthony combines his role as co-director at James & Ward with a secondment in Asda’s Construction Design Standards team where he sits on the BIM Strategy Board supporting the wider understanding internally.

Mark Stodgell – Mark is recognised as one of the UK’s leading BIM and Information Management Consultants, specialising in ‘Digital Estates’ programmes for clients and information security. He advises on BIM and Information Management strategy and project implementations for Sainsbury’s, Argos, University of Manchester, BDP, Galliford Try and Sir Robert McAlpine and his high profile projects including Wimbledon No1 Court, Leeds University and  M+ Museum in Hong Kong.

 

+ Buffet Lunch and Networking

+ Panel Discussion

 Click here to book your place!

£80 for an individual ticket

 or 

FREE to Yorkshire & Humber Constructing Excellence Club members – please email yhceclub@gmail.com to secure your place or check member status

Process, Case Study & a Red Kite: how SES is using BIM – Wednesday 1st March 17

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Not our most succinct event title but three linked presentations covering a good number of the current BIM issues. Originally we had hoped that CIBSE would present on the new BIMHawk tool that has been developed but at fairly short notice they had to pull out of presenting. But never ones to let a little thing like losing a speaker thinkBIM called upon its fantastic network of BIM professionals and immediately plugged the gap with Nick Tune, CEO of CoBuilder in the UK.

However to start the evening it was great to get a presentation and live demonstration from Gavin Dunstan, BIM Operations Manager from our series sponsors SES Engineering Services. Gavin shared a great overview of how SES Engineering Services have adopted BIM to suit their requirements as well as how they have progressed to embed more and more digital workflows into their businesses as well as using these to collaborate with their customers on projects.

For some reason live demonstrations often turn into a fraught strategy for presentations – in theory why would anything go wrong with the software you use all the time but for some reason adding in an audience into the same room and the software always seems to make things a bit more risky!! However, with his colleague Richard driving the laptop, Gavin’s demonstration of Autodesk BIM360 ran smoothly.

As mentioned at the top of this post our second speaker was Nick Tune, CEO of CoBuilder UK and a great data enthusiast. Nick is always good value and opened with a great slide of a TV remote – and perhaps what we really need them to do – with the opening question ‘What data do you need?’

Nick went on to give the audience a great overview on how to define, procure and confirm data in the BIM process using COBie, PLQs, PDTs, PDS and the LEXiCON project with the BRE.

This month’s twilight seminar was chaired by the good friend of thinkBIM, regional chair of CIBSE and major CPD logger – Simon Owen from Calibre Search. As well as keeping everything to time and asking some great questions he has also created a great Storify of our event too which can be viewed at the link below.

 

 

 

Half Day Conference: thinkBIM not droning on -5th April 2017

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  ThinkBIM Construction and Assembly 2017

BIM Conference – thinkBIM not droning on

Wednesday 5th April 2017, Leeds
12:00 for registration and lunch, 13:00 to 17:30

Our spring season conference gives delegates a fantastic opportunity to see and try out augmented reality gear, scanning equipment and robotic setting out devices.

We have a great keynote speech from Scott Grant, from Soluis Group, about the use of visualisations, immersive environments and specialist Apps to bring data to life for project teams.

In addition there will be roundtable sessions from our sponsors SES Engineering Services, from BAM Construction and demonstrations from Central Alliance and Trimble MEP.

We think we’ve got a great line up presenting on data capture and interpretation so why not join us on the 5th April to find out about the latest technology for interacting with digital construction.

 


Squire Patton Boggs, Leeds

 Click here to book your place! 

 

ThinkBIM Construction and Assembly 2017 – 1st March 2017

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Process, Case Study and a Red Kite – how SES is using BIM

Wednesday 1st March 2017, Leeds

17:30 for registration, 18:00 to 19:30


SES Engineering Services Ltd, recognised as one
of the leading M&E partners in the UK, will be bringing a new view
on digital delivery to thinkBIM delegates from their
perspective as a specialist designer and installer.

BIM Process – the importance of the Master Information Delivery Plan
and Level of Definition
A project case study – from detailed design through to offsite manufacture
and

In a change to our third presentation we are very pleased to welcome Nick Tune, CEO of CoBuilder to speak about PDTs, PDS, the importance of data and their link between goBIM and CPAs LEXiCON.

No theories here – all hard won real results borne out of delivering on numerous projects across the UK.

 

Room 513, 5th Floor, The Rose Bowl, Leeds LS1 3HB

                                                                                                                                                                                         Click here to book your place!

 

 

#BIMOpenMic in Yorkshire,Round One: Sheffield! -Tuesday 14th March 2017

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thinkBIM
in collaboration with BDP, Steel City BIM, Graitec and Digitalgreen
presents…
Tuesday 14th March 2017
BDP Offices, 1 N Bank, Sheffield S3 8JY 
18:00 to 21:00

We are delighted to announce that following the success of the Manchester session, #BIMOpenMic is continuing up North!
These events are about starting conversations and generating discussion about all things BIM and helping address the day to day issues it presents in our work.
So join us for observations, opinions, rants, tips and tricks at our “anything goes” session. Be there and be vocal!
Can’t make it to Sheffield?
Keep an eye out for further dates around the County
#itsBIMupNorth meets #BIMOpenMic – the perfect combination

Many thanks to our hosts BDP and event sponsors Graitec for helping us to put this event together.

FORMAT
 
1 Mic
1 Spotlight
1 screen (with sound if required)
80 People
Sign up to speak on the night, Only 6 x 10 minute slots (first come, first served)
BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)
 
SUBJECTS 
 
Anything Goes!
Platform agnostic
Topic agnostic
Discipline agnostic
Hot topics encouraged
Audience participation encouraged
NO SALES PITCHES!

Click here to book your FREE place!

thinkBIM is a Leeds Beckett University initiative

 

 

 

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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