Tag: BIM Level 2

Guest Blog: The Power of Location for project and asset control

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When GIS & BIM combine: Unlocking insights from your projects & assets

There’s an explosion of external data sources that are becoming available such as Geospatial, Land Registry, Ordnance Survey etc, or iOT, scans and point clouds but how can you ensure that data doesn’t just become more noise? asks Trevor Mossop, Technical Services Manager at J T Mackley & Co Ltd (pictured)

Trevor: At this year’s thinkBIM Summer Conference I demonstrated the “The Power of Location” by looking at what we ultimately want to do with that information, how we can make best use of it to answer the questions we have, and how can we be assured that it is current and trusted information throughout the lifecycle of the asset.

At Mackley, up until 2016 we were still reliant on storing and sharing information on network servers and via email, which was becoming costly and inefficient. Field workers couldn’t easily access information when on site.

As a main contractor specialising in flood defence and coastal maintenance projects, most of our work is for the Environment Agency and similar customers, and as such we needed a CDE to demonstrate BIM level 2 compliance (a prerequisite for EA frameworks.) Initially, we were only interested in having somewhere central to access project and business information, that met BIM level 2 requirements.

While the CDE was readily accepted in the office locations, site workers were still having trouble finding the right information so during the Shoreham Adur Tidal Wall project, I started investigating how to provide site user access to key site information in an intuitive and visually appealing way. My investigations lead me to Google Earth, using  KML files to link to project information through a map of the site and surrounding area.. At the same time I discovered that GroupBC, our CDE partner, were investigating similar issues around usability, so we teamed up to develop a solution that removed the reliance of complex and expensive GIS tools, and instead allowed us to leverage our existing CDE investment.

Many BIM solutions fail as site workers can’t find the right location without navigating folder structures or clicking through alien ‘metadata’ fields. So in response to this, at thinkBIM, I’ll be demonstrating this solution, and the workflows we created to simply upload Google Earth KML files to the CDE and link the site drawings and documentation to their project location using a map – the most natural, intuitive interface for our site workers.

When information is correctly structured and linked from the CDE to the project and/or asset, using an easy to use interface, this encourages users to trust the solution and the providence of data available to make more informed site based decisions.

Such a solution can also be used to push Health and Safety information based on location. For instance, a site worker by a river can simply click on the location on the map, and instantly access related documentation about dangers of working there, and any issues or precautions they should be aware of. Similarly, O&M manuals for an asset can be accesses via a single click on the map interface.

Only by providing a simple location driven interface, will site workers fully engage with BIM.

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!

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