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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


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.


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.


+ Networking Lunch

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

+ Roundtable Discussion Sessions

+ The “Infamous” final session



£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 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.


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!


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


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

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

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