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“The benefits of Open Data” half day conference – Wednesday 13th March 2019

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Spring Half-Day Conference 13th March 2019
The benefits of Open Data
Squire Patton Boggs, 6 Wellington Place, Leeds
13:00 to 17:00, registration and lunch from 12:00

Lonely BIM is just the start; sharing the data – recycling it – is probably the most fundamental reason for working digitally. But how do you determine what data to share and how? What are the implications and the advantages to collaborative workflows?


Adrian Malone
Head of Digital Project Delivery and BIM for Transport & Infrastructure at WSP in the UK

Adrian has over 20 years’ experience in the construction sector and has held roles in information and knowledge management, Building Information Modelling (BIM) and digital innovation.

He is a passionate advocate for innovation and digital transformation and we are looking forward to return to thinkBIM to speak about his most recent work in the digitisation of the transport and infrastructure sector.

Chris Dymond
Director, Unfolding.co.uk – Digital Capacity Building Workshops

Chris is a tech industry veteran and co-founder of Sheffield Digital, the association for the people and businesses of Sheffield’s digital industries, as well as being a digital master-planning consultant, and educator.

While not an expert in BIM specifically, Chris is engaged with the question of how places produce, manage and utilise their data, what purposes it is being put to, how citizens can share in the process, what the ethical considerations are and the connections between BIM and open data.


Adrian Malone will be expanding on his customer and human centric vision for digital transport infrastructure; asking how using digital tools and open data can help to gain a richer insight into end user’s needs.

Chris Dymond Co-founder of Digital Sheffield will be helping us to get a non BIM view of people and places produce, manage, utilise and share data. How can these data sets be used to determine the future needs of a data smart city?

Justine Gray and Mike Goodall (pictured above, middle and far left) from OOBE Ltd will be discussing the benefits and challenges of getting BIM working in landscape designs

Matt Blackwell (pictured far right on the right) from Costain will be looking at how open data sets can be used to help customers inform their decision making processes.


Dan Hamilton, Professional Services Consultant at Trimble Civil Engineering and Construction will be providing the content for this conference’s infamous 4:00 pm spot. Dan will be showcasing the latest technology for machine control.

+ BIM / Digital Update from thinkBIM Chair, Duncan Reed

+ Networking with a Buffet Lunch

CLICK HERE TO BOOK (redirects to Leeds Beckett University online store)

£50 per delegate per conference *. This price includes all activities with lunch and refreshments.

*These events are FREE to members of the Yorkshire and Humber Constructing Excellence Club. Please email yhceclub@gmail.com to secure your place.


Join in with the hashtag #tbim2019


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.




Making IFC child’s play – Lego Architecture meets Open BIM – Wednesday 8th Feb 2017

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We had hoped to start our Spring series with a great pairing of speakers on all things IFC. Unfortunately Prof Arto Kiviniemi was taken ill on the day of our event so couldn’t present. However he had shared his presentation with us so with a wing and prayer I was able to share a few of his slides with the audience to help them get a partial understanding of what IFC is, how it came about and why is it so important to the construction industry as an exchange format and therefore a collaboration tool.

One of Arto’s early slides was a screen shot of a 1994 video published by the International Alliance of Interoperability that explained the early days of the IFC schema and the aims of the movement that became BuildingSMART International in 2008 @buildingSMARTIn. The history of BuildingSMART can be seen here, together with the full video from 1994 that we watched at the event. http://buildingsmart.org/about/about-buildingsmart/history/

It might be over 20 years old but it’s still well worth a watch. Thanks must go to Dr Stephen Hamil @StephenHamilNBS at The NBS for finding and sharing this video via YouTube.

We were also very lucky to have Richard Kelly, http://buildingsmart.org/about/community/operations-director/ the Operations Director at BuildingSMART International as a delegate in our audience and even luckier that he agreed to speak about BuildingSMART to our delegates. Richard spoke about the current structure and role of BuildingSMART and explained about some of the projects being carried out globally to improve and widen the use cases of the IFC schema. For more details on BuildingSMART refer to their website here http://buildingsmart.org/

And so to Rob Jackson, @bondbryanBIM Steering group member of thinkBIM and international speaker on open BIM in general. Over the last few months Rob has been blogging about BIM through the theme of Lego Architecture. The physical building, the Villa Savoye from the Lego Architecture series, has been digitally modelled by Rob and then put through its paces in a variety of software platforms to prove a huge number of BIM workflows. What followed was Rob’s unique blend of insight, honest appraisals and on-the-fly demos using a variety of software applications. It’s hard to capture everything that his presentation encompasses but fortunately he recently delivered this presentation to BuildingSMART Canada via a webinar and here is the link to re-live the presentation.


For a more in depth review of each stage of the process please go to Rob’s excellent blog pages http://bimblog.bondbryan.com/  The Lego Architecture series of blog pieces began in March 2016. His site also has a really useful resources section http://bimblog.bondbryan.com/document/ covering BIM Documents and BIM Acronyms – all great and free resources of rather industry to benefit from his research and genuine passion to make the industry better through digital workflows.

March 2017,

Duncan Reed

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! 


#BIMOpenMIC in Yorkshire – Round One Sheffield

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Following the success of the Manchester session, #BIMOpenMic marks another great turnout in Sheffield, the ideal opportunity for BIM focused individuals to generate BIM-related discussions and debates viva voce.


With thanks to our sponsors & organisers:


Here you can look at RYDER Landscape Consultant presentation:

BIM through the Landscape OpenMic

Success Stories and Data Security – 7th December 2016

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Brilliant personal insights into 3d coordination and collaboration at thinkBIM last week

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The feedback from last weeks event has been outstanding……..

‘two contrasting presentations with interesting insights ‘ (Chapman Taylor )

We were back in our home of Old Broadcasting House with over 40 construction professionals lucky enough to hear open, honest, presentations from both Stuart Clark at Constructive thinking and Peter Martin and Jason Richards from WSP … who were certainly showing that M and E can do BIM …. all presenters shared  real life case studies  demonstrating with live demos !

We have pulled together a storify of the event which can be found here – do have a read of some of the comments and share widely . This was exactly the type of event that thinkBIM are proud to deliver to our members … open – honest – knowledge exchange


Looking forward to seeing some of you at our next event in Hull where we will hear from Alison Watson from COYO and from some of the young BIM leaders who are emerging …. book on now here

Here are the presentations from the evening

Jason Richards & Peter Martin Presentation

Stuart Clark Presentation





CIOB Novus Group – a report from thinkBIM Ambassador Duncan Reed (Tekla)

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As part of my role as a thinkBIM Ambassador I was asked to present to the CIOB Yorkshire (@CIOBYorkshire) Novus Group last week. Novus is a key part of the CIOB and uses construction professionals to enthuse young people to get into construction and then develop their careers in the industry. For more information on Novus see the video link here –


I was joined by my friend and colleague Wes Beaumont, BIM Manager at Kier Construction, BIM2050 group lead member and another all round BIM advocate. Our presentation – BIM for Beginners – was split into 6 sections

Rationale for Change

Government Requirement for BIM

PAS 1192-2:2013

Tools and Applications

Impact to Roles

Opportunities and Risks

Wes kicked things off with a great overview of why we need to change the way we work in the industry with some great slides over improving construction process and well as the need for using the technology better. But for me the highlight was his canter through PAS 1192-2:2013 delivering 33 slides in about 15 minutes. He successfully pulled off the feat but we’d had several discussions over getting the balance right with this document. Yes, it’s a key part of anyone’s BIM journey but quite how you make PAS 1192-2:2013 accessible for beginners?

The Government, as we all know, has mandated its use by 2016 on all centrally procured projects but that leaves a lot of other construction work still out there. Do they adopt all the requirements of the PAS, and therefore BS1192-2007 as well, or can projects do BIM ‘in the spirit’ of these documents? At the heart of the British Standards I see 3 keys points;

  1. Agree what you are all going to do from the start – and so it’s probably a good idea to write that all that down.
  2. If you are sharing any form of information – hard copy or digital –  know why you are sharing it.
  3. But be prepared to share what you do, and why you do it, for the greater good of the project.

So strip away all the TLAs, BIM wedges, workflows, file formats and it’s just some people in this industry trying to work better to get better outcomes for everyone.

My advice – PAS1192 has its place but basically you just need to find ways to deliver better business outcomes. Technology may support this (and probably will) but working better, working collaboratively, is actually the best way to succeed. Don’t throw the 1192 suite of documents away but make them work for you, your business and your project.

Duncan & Wes’s presentation to Novus – November 2013

ciob novus

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