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BIM for FM – Are we nearly there yet? Thoughts from #tbim2016 operations and in-use summer conference

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On Wednesday 6th July we held our operations and in-use half day #tbim2016 conference which focussed on all things BIM and FM with keynote presentations from Deborah Rowland and Jacqueline Walpole, and an international keynote from Graham Kelly on BIM Academy’s Sydney Opera House project. There were over fifty people in the room but alarmingly only a smattering directly involved in facilities management. With such a vital role to play, #FM is in danger of “falling off a BIM cliff” says Deborah – so how can we spread the message and get more FM’s in the room? Let us know your thoughts.

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In the meantime, thinkBIM ambassador, Stephen Hamil has written his summary of the afternoon’s events. This post is reproduced below but originally appeared on Stephen’s excellent Construction Code blog http://constructioncode.blogspot.co.uk/

ThinkBIM – Summer Conference 2016

Yesterday I chaired the ThinkBIM Summer Conference – Soft data, hard landings and asset management.

The theme was looking at stages 7, 0 and 1 of a project. How the needs of the ‘in use’ stage of a project could be considered at the ‘strategy’ and ‘briefing’ stage.

The venue for the ThinkBIM conferences is now the fantastic Squire Paton Boggs offices in Leeds City Centre.

The photograph below shows the lovely new setting that mixes the old with the new in terms of architecture…

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A new setting for ThinkBIM

Deborah Rowland was the first speaker. Deborah has experience in facility management in the private sector for Barclays and also as one of the leaders in the public sector through her work with Ministry of Justice.

To find out more about the MoJ story please see the link below:
– https://prezi.com/b73gw4x6duec/moj-bim-story-bim-prospects-2016/

Deborah also talked highly of the work being done by Andy Green from Faithful+Gould on linking SFG20 maintenance specifications with NRM and Uniclass 2015 codes to help with data flow from design and construction into operations.
– https://www.fgould.com/uk-europe/articles/new-customisable-sfg20-changing-world-building/

Jacqueline Walpole then followed with her keynote. Jacqueline reflected back on the work she was involved in a few years ago with UCL Academy, BAM and Autodesk looking at FM and BIM solutions.
– http://www.bam.co.uk/how-we-do-it/case-study/ucl-academy

It was interesting listening to Jacqueline’s expertise and seeing how digitised the FM industry already is. The challenge, as always, is to try and get digital information to flow and not to have to start from scratch at certain phases of the project.

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A to-scale version of the plan of work that nicely illustrates the importance of the ‘in use’ phase

Following the opening two keynotes, it was time for the roundtables. For this event, I hosted a session looking at how lessons learned from the operation stages of previous projects can feed into an EIR template for future projects.

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ThinkBIM Duncan asked for five take-home points from the roundtable. So here we go…

  1. A few years on now since the publication of PAS1192:2 and 3the participants are still not seeing many good examples of EIRs on projects. This includes projects where teams are working for extremely large clients who do many repeat similar buildings. The sample content on the BIM Task Group website and the documents made public from MofJ seem to be the best examples currently:
    – BIM Task Group sample EIR
    – MoJ sample documents
  2. Lessons learned on successes and failures can feed into the EIRs. A specific example given was repeated mistakes on wall covering solutions on multiple retail projects for the same client from different teams  – could be easily avoidable if this information was captured digitally and fed into a single template.
  3. Big clients could make big savings by employing one person to standardised their processes and concentrate on good data kicking off a project. If you are building 12 offices/superstore/schools per year – could you save at least £5K per project by employing someone to get the digital process right?
  4. A solution that allowed information to flow digitally from strategy to brief into the information production phases of a project would be well received. I presented some concepts as to how this could maybe be done through a template plan of work that considered space types and system types and it was well received. For example, a high school will have an assembly hall and washrooms and piling systems and heating systems etc… – having lessons learned captured in a template which then fed into design to ensure a better outcome when the school is used is something that would provide value.
  5. Could the various sector specific BIM4 groupscontribute to sample templates that help their sectors? Sharing knowledge and making the industry more efficient? Many of the BIM groups have been receiving information from the central BIM Task Group over the last five years – is it now time for everyone to show how it can be done?

The final session was from Dr Graham Kelly from BIM Academy. He presented the work they have been doing in Australia with the Sydney Opera House.

This was a fascinating case study – plenty of web links below on how they are connecting many databases via an online 3D model viewer to meet the building’s daily FM needs.
– http://www.bimplus.co.uk/news/aecom-and-b1im-acade4my-t5eam-create-bimfm-/
– http://www.i2c.com.au/2016/05/sydney-opera-house-bim-implementation-video/

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Graham from BIM Academy – using the 3D model, via a webbrowser for the FM of a major building

So all in all – another super ThinkBIM conference. Well done to all of the team that put it together and I look forward to the next one.

To view all of my posts from the ThinkBIM series over the last five years or so click below:
– http://constructioncode.blogspot.co.uk/search/label/thinkBIM

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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