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Wednesday 4th March 2020

Squire Patton Boggs, 6 Wellington Place, Leeds | 13:00 to 17:00, registration and lunch from 12:00

Thanks to our generous sponsors, Viewpoint, we are pleased to be able to offer this as a FREE event!

As computing power increases exponentially and the size of hardware devices reduce there has never been a better time for the construction industry to embrace mobile technology. Having that single source of truth at your finger-tips. But it’s not just about video conferencing or access to all your documents via mobile devices, mobile digital covers a huge market of products and opportunities. Come and join us at thinkBIM as we lift the lid on this rapidly growing sector of the market.

Ben Jowett, BIM Manager, Wates Group

Digital Field Tools
Mobile Digital Technologies are increasingly recognised for their role in improving task management efficiency whilst enhancing collaboration and integration between project teams on construction sites. However, with a wide range of available solutions it can be difficult to determine the best tool for an organisation’s requirements. Ben will provide an overview of some of the tools and processes being practically applied by Wates on construction sites.

Stuart Young, Consultant at COMIT Projects Ltd

Productivity gains through Innovation

While many businesses are still just getting started adopting mobile technology on their projects COMIT – the Construction, Operation & Maintenance through Innovative Technology group have been blazing a trail in this area for over 17 years. In his role at COMIT Projects Ltd Stuart will provide a fascinating insight into what is being used and developed for the built asset market – so don’t just think tablets or smartphones – Stuart will be discussing sensors, wearable technologies, drones and more!

Returning to thinkBIM – Pecha Kucha presentations

Our Spring conference will see the return of this fun and frantic format – 20 slides in just over 6 minutes that auto advance whether you are ready or not! If there is a BIM subject you are burning to share this is your opportunity; sign up to present when you register!!

+ Our popular roundtable discussion groups

+ BIM / Digital Update from thinkBIM Chair, Duncan Reed

+ Networking with a Buffet Lunch

Digital Manufacturing: thinkBIM half day Conference with Berkeley Modular, McAvoy Group and Cobuilder

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Wednesday 4th December 2019

Squire Patton Boggs, 6 Wellington Place, Leeds

13:00 to 17:00, registration and lunch from 12:00

Thanks to our generous sponsors, Cobuilder, we are pleased to be able to offer this as a FREE event!

ABOUT

It’s over two years now since the Government announced their presumption in favour of offsite manufacturing but has the industry really moved towards a manufacturing approach, let alone a digital manufacturing approach? Here at thinkBIM we believe that digital offsite manufacturing has come of age and are pleased to bring you some great speakers who are making digital the way they work.

The Berkeley Modular Digital Journey: The benefits of a Single source of Data provided by the manufacturer

Learn how Berkeley Modular transitioned to managing structured, interoperable product data through the implementation of a digital data strategy supported by our event sponsors for this conference, Cobuilder and Berkeley’s. James Smith, Technical Director at Majenta Solutions will be presenting on this successful collaboration of offsite and technology.

Lorraine McMorrow, McAvoy Group: How to Digitise Offsite Construction – Create, Interrogate and Construct

The McAvoy Group – recently awarded BIM Contractor of the Year – has pioneered the use of digital technology in the design, manufacture and installation of its offsite building projects for a number of years. They see tremendous synergy between offsite construction with its speed and quality benefits – and the latest digital techniques, which can radically improve the way we design and produce new buildings.

+ BIM / Digital Update from thinkBIM Chair, Duncan Reed

+ Our popular roundtable discussion groups

Networking over a Buffet Lunch

PROGRAMME

thinkBIM Programme – 4th December 2019

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Save the Date – 2019/2020 thinkBIM Conferences

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We are pleased to be able to share with you the dates for the next five thinkBIM Conferences. We have some great topics lined-up including #manufacturing, #DigitalTwin, AI/Mobile + much more!  Running for over six years now, thinkBIM conferences blend presentations from key speakers in the digital construction field with panel debates, round table discussions, networking and often a little something different for the final session. Many of our presenters have gone on to be leaders in the BIM/Digital field at their respective organisations as well as sitting on national and international forums and advisory groups. 

Key dates for 2019/2020 are as follows;

Wednesday 4th December 2019
Wednesday 4th March 2020
Wednesday 20th May 2020
Wednesday 30th September 2020
Wednesday 2nd December 2020

Details of the individual conferences to follow.

If you would like to receive information about any or all of these events, make sure you are signed up to the Centre for Knowledge Exchange newsletter here. Once you have registered you have the option to choose the networks and specific industry areas you are interested in hearing about.

We look forward to seeing you at a future BIM event!

 

Vacancy: Research Officer (Machine Learning)

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Research Officer (Machine Learning)

Job reference: BEE308261A
Date posted: 28/11/2018
Application closing date: 02/01/2019
Location: School of Built Environment and Engineering, Leeds Beckett University, Leeds
Salary: Grade 5 £29,515 – £33,199
Duration: Fixed Term – 24 Months

This is an exciting opportunity to join a multi-disciplinary and applied research team on a project that involves the development of a software plug-in tool with a view to automating building information modelling and standardization, as well as leveraging historic data in construction projects. The postholder will join a team of academic investigators and collaborating industry partners to apply their knowledge of machine learning, advanced optimisation and software development to address real-life challenges in Architectural, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industries.The position will require a mix of strong technical skills and solid domain knowledge in the area of machine learning-enabled application development. It is essential that the successful candidate demonstrates live examples of their projects that involved the use of machine learning and culminated into the development of a standalone software or a plug-in system. You will either have a relevant master’s degree or an honour’s degree with substantial experience and certifications in Machine Learning and software development.

You will join the School of the Built Environment and Engineering based at our City Campus and support our efforts in addressing real-life productivity challenges within the AEC industries through our cutting-edge and applied research. There are extensive and excellent specialist facilities located in a setting which offers many additional amenities for our students and staff. You will be working in a truly supportive environment, which offers various opportunities for professional development.

To arrange an informal discussion about this post, please contact Dr Saheed Ajayi at S.Ajayi@leedsbeckett.ac.uk.

Working here means you’ll also have access to a wide range of benefits including our generous pension schemes, excellent holiday entitlements, flexible working, reduced study fees, subsidised fitness facilities and a lot more.

Please note that all posts close at midnight and the job description and employee specification will no longer be available after the closing date so please download or print now! You will also not be able to edit or submit a part-completed application form after the closing date.

We welcome applications from all individuals and particularly from black and minority ethnic candidates as members of these groups are currently under-represented at this level of post. All appointments will be based on merit.

Living in a Digital World – December Half Day Conference in Leeds

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Wednesday 5th December 2018

Half-Day Conference (12:00 registration and lunch, 13:00 to 17:00)

Squire Patton Boggs, Leeds

ABOUT

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.

KEYNOTES

Richard Whittaker, WM Housing
Richard brings a wealth of knowledge as the Director of Development at WM 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.

ROUNDTABLE SESSIONS

One of the things that our delegates like best about our events are the round table sessions. These present a real opportunity for greater discussion, understanding and learning and this conference’s sessions are looking as good as ever.

Pete Hughes, Whittam Cox Architects . In his round table Pete will be discussing why do BIM on residential schemes, how to execute a successful digital project and what might be the biggest game-changers with regards to BIM technology over the next 5 years?

Adam Holmes, Interim Design Manager at East Riding Council. Adam will focus on how to engage clients to talk about digital processes in a language they understand, demystifying OIRs, AIRs, and EIRs into digital requirements defined using Plain Language Questions.

Richard Whitaker, WM Housing. His round table will look at how to gain benefits from accurate design and material schedules, reducing up front design costs, accurately modelling the life of a building, the 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

INZENKA. We are pleased to announce our fourth round table which will be focusing on the technology being developed to automate the tracking of offsite manufactured goods and materials. With the Government stating that offsite manufacturing will be the presumed method of delivery for their schemes by 2019 it will be imperative that the construction industry learns how to operate as manufacturers. Fujitsu GlobeRanger is an IoT solution that provides real-time connectivity across on- and off-site construction facilities to manage to the production, construction and post-build facilities management of prefabricated material.

 

INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE KEYNOTE

For our final session, we will be welcoming back a School of Built Environment and Engineering alumnus and one of the early adopters of BIM, Philippe Laurent de Senneville, to deliver an International Keynote from Doha. Now working as Sub Progamme Manager for Faithful+Gould, Laurent will be presenting on Collaborative Procurement Strategies.

 

ADDITIONAL ACTIVITIES

+ Networking Lunch

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

+ The “Infamous” final session

BOOKING

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£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.

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

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 –

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kz1rKTQSF5M&feature=player_embedded

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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