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Digitisation and the Manufacturing sector

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Wednesday 3rd March 2021 | 13:00 to 15:00

FREE WEBINAR

We are pleased to announce the full line up of our panel discussion for our thinkBIM Spring conference. We’ll be exploring a wide variety of themes that are important to manufacturers and those who specify, procure, install and maintain manufacturers’ products in the built environment. Come and join us to join the conversation and listen to the views of our great panel of presenters.

Su Butcher; Social Strategist in Construction at Just Practising offers strategic marketing and business development advice to Construction Product Manufacturers and Trade Associations. Su was Chair of the Product Data Working Group at the UK BIM Alliance who published A Fresh Way Forward For Product Data.

Paul Surin; Global Lead Built Environment at IBM has in depth experience in modern methods of constructions and manufacturing processes as well as chairing the Construction Product Europe Digitalization Task Group.

John Parsons; Director Digital at BEAMA Ltd has oversight of the Networks and Flexible Energy Systems Portfolios and responsibility for driving forward BEAMA’s engagement with the digitalisation agenda.

Richard Gardiner; Sector Lead – Rail at The University of Sheffield – AMRC who works de-risk the development and application of new manufacturing and maintenance processes and technologies, with a speciality in the rail industry.

Join our panel for a lively interactive discussion around the important themes of digitisation and the manufacturing sector.

HOW TO BOOK

Please book via our eventbrite page. Joining instructions will be sent out to you separately with a link to join the webinar.

Interoperability – Resources from our December Conference

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Many thanks to all those that tuned into our webinar on Interoperability on 2nd December 2020. For those that missed it, we have published all the videos from the event on the School of Built Environment, Engineering and Computing YouTube channel at the links below.

Please click on the links below to view the presentations.

Digital Update – December 2020 – Duncan Reed, Chair of thinkBIM

An overview of the BIM Interoperability Expert Group (BIEG) – Fiona Moore, Construction Innovation Hub (CIH), Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB) UK Implementation Team.

The Value of Classification for Interoperability – Sarah Delany, NBS and Classification Workstream Lead at BIM Interoperability Expert Group (BIEG)

An Introduction to IFC and COBie – Emma Hooper, Digital Information Specialist, Bond Bryan Digital and BIEG

The Cultural Impacts of Interoperability – Jenni Barrett from co|LAB and Kirsty Childs from WYG.

As part of our pre-conference preparations, and as a base to start discussions, we asked members of the UK BIM Alliance Technology Group to give us a two minute vox pop on what “Interoperability” means to them.

You can view their reponses in the following playlist.

Thanks to Glider, Vectorworks, Morta, Trimble, Cobuilder, Graphisoft, Asite, Solibri UK, Buildots, Viewpoint, Revizto, Autodesk and thinkproject for taking part.

Visit and subscribe to our youtube channel to view more of our resources.

Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning – Resources

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Many thanks to all those that tuned into our webinar on Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning on 30th September 2020. For those that missed it, we have published all the videos from the event on the School of Built Environment, Engineering and Computing YouTube channel at the links below.

BIM and Digital Update – Duncan Reed, Chair of thinkBIM and Trimble

Panel discussion with Natalia Wojtowicz (Grimshaw Global), Chris Pilling (Fujitsu), Aviv Leibovici (Buildots).

How Agri-tech is delivering performance and productivity through AI technology – Becky Dodds, Agri-TechE

For more videos like this, please subscribe to the School of Built Environment, Engineering and Computing You Tube channel.

Digital Twins – What are they, why do we need them and if you want one, how do you get started?

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Many thanks to all those that tuned into our webinar on Digital Twins on 20th May 2020. For those that missed it, we have published all the videos from the event on the School of Built Environment, Engineering and Computing YouTube channel at the links below.

These videos should help answer some of the above questions but do keep checking our blog for our follow up thought pieces on the issues raised.

BIM and Digital Update – Duncan Reed, Chair of thinkBIM and Trimble

The National Digital Twin Programme – Mark Enzer, Centre for Digital Built Britain

Don’t get triggered by Digital Twins – John Adams, Glider BIM

The importance of knowing why? – Vicki Reynolds, i3PT Certification

The value of being fashionably late – George Mokhtar, Turner and Townsend

Online Q & A with our speakers – Chaired by Duncan Reed, Chair of thinkBIM

Challenging Digital Twins – Pre-recorded interview with Maria Villanueva, Jacobs Engineering

Twitter Stream

If you want to read the tweets from the afternoon these have been collated at following link. https://wakelet.com/wake/dC-3Ze-nJ6YUbiRFvl72W

For more videos like this, please subscribe to the School of Built Environment, Engineering and Computing You Tube channel.

With thanks to our event sponsors GliderBIM
and our network sponsors Trimble

Mobile Digital

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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

“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?

KEYNOTES

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.

ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSIONS

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.

THE FINAL SESSION

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

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£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.

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A day at the YORhub Client Conference

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by thinkBIM Chair, Duncan Reed.

Thursday 15th November saw the first YORhub Client conference take place at Aspire in Leeds. thinkBIM were represented through Liz and Donna on a Leeds Beckett University School of the Built Environment and Engineering stand while I was supporting Adam Holmes, Interim Design Manager from East Riding of Yorkshire Council (and long-time thinkBIM supporter) in a workshop session titled “The benefits to clients in using BIM and Soft Landings”

Firstly a massive thank you needs to go out to the team at YORhub for getting over 100 clients in one room to talk about important topics such as the National Construction Procurement Strategy for local government, lessons to be learned from the Grenfell disaster, the fallout from Carillion, delivering social value through procurement, NEC vs JCT contracts and of course BIM.

 

OIRs, AIRs, AIMs, EIRs, BEPs? The world of BIM is still a confusing place without a huge amount of consensus. So how do you get started a clients, designer, contractor or supply chain partners to understand what is really needed?

Because of this Adam and I focussed our breakout session on the drivers for working digitally, for “doing BIM”, and how this can be translated to useful processes that deliver value for YORhub members. We wanted delegates to understand the strategic need to define digital deliverables and how these can be expressed in a non-technical way to both construction and non-construction professionals alike to add value throughout the lifecycle of an asset.

Helpfully the UK BIM Alliance has recently published a great guide for Clients to help them to ‘go digital’ see link http://www.ukbimalliance.org/news-and-events/articles/going-digital/

In addition to discussing (and recommending) this guide our session focussed primarily on just Figure 4 from PAS1192-3:2014.

I’ve always thought this is a really important diagram by putting the wider needs of a business in the context of digital processes. But equally though that some of the terms that are used feel like construction terminology that probably means nothing to business leaders. Yet these same business leaders will probably be doing all of this already, just using different terms.

So our session focussed on helping the delegates understand what OIRs, AIRs and EIRs might actually be, how they are probably defining them already and so how to match existing business processes to the drivers of BIM.

First up was OIRs – basically I believe that this is actually not much different to a business’s mission statement; that paragraph on the home page on your website that sums up what you do, your values and how you do it. When you think about it this way it starts to become easier to see where an Organisations Requirements start to relate to Information that define their assets. In less than 10 minutes in each session we came up with these great answers for OIRs

  • World Class Teaching (our examples from the room were both new developments at Universities)
  • The number of students the University wants to attract
  • The subjects they want to offer – improved existing and new
  • Carbon Targets
  • Environmental Targets
  • Sustainability
  • Asset Value, accounting requirements
  • Statutory information

From this it then became easier to start to develop Asset Information Requirements. Examples that were generated by the delegates were

  • The Number of Properties needed
  • Occupation Levels required, Uses
  • Accommodation Schedule and Room Area requirements
  • BREEAM
  • Lifespan Requirements, Targets (or Reality)
  • Specific Data Requirements such as room numbering
  • FM / Maintenance Statutory Information needed
  • IT Provision for the asset

We discussed the use of performance specifications to drive value or where specified products may be a preferred option for a client instead. But overall the AIRs should take business goals and make then something tangible for a specific asset.

We debated whether Plain Language Questions actually come from the AIRs rather than being another feed into the EIRs. However if you consider a Plain Language Question is a question asked in a language you (the person or organisation raising the question) understands then we came to the conclusion that these questions are the results of Stakeholder Engagement and End User requirements. These parties should be free to ask their questions in a way that makes sense to them and it is the construction teams role to turn those into the more technical requirements defined in the EIRs.

Overall I found both sessions really interesting; it was great to have client focussed conversations with an engaged group of clients. Going through Figure 4 in some detail helps everyone to understand what information is needed when and why which helps to demystify the whole process. We heard that YORhub is looking to set up a Client Group and for me this can only be a good thing. Here at thinkBIM we will be very keen to support this group to help and advise them on how they might practically adopt appropriate digital processes on their projects and asset portfolios.

 

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: High Speed Digital half day conference – BIM for Rail and Digital Skills

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Wednesday 19th September 2018

12:00  networking lunch and registration, 13:00 to 17:00 for conference programme. Please note: Tours of the college will be offered PRIOR to the networking lunch (approx 11:00 tbc) – if you would like to have a tour please allow for this additional time out of your day.

thinkBIM are pleased to offer their next conference at a new location – the National College for High Speed Rail in Doncaster, thanks to our event sponsors Bond Bryan Architects. This multi-award winning project will be host to keynote speakers from both the architectural and structural team who designed the scheme and the Chief Executive of the National College for High Speed Rail. Whether you are wanting to improve your own digital skills or those for your business we will be offering tips and techniques, guidance on delivering truly collaborative digital workflows as well as the opportunity to see the state of art facilities on a College tour.

This really is shaping up to be a truly amazing thinkBIM event.

FULL PROGRAMME

Keynotes

Clair Mowbray, the Chief Executive of the National College for High Speed Rail outlines the need for modern training and the role of the College for developing UK Infrastructure.

 

Rob Jackson from Bond Bryan Digital, will discuss how the industry has begun to move forward with their collaborative journey but yet still too often the models produced are not fully focussed on the ‘I’ in BIM. This keynote shares Bond Bryan Digital’s approach and thinking about the goal of Better Information Management (BIM) built around a fully open approach.

Lee Barnett and Richard Osbond from Curtins explains the digital role of the structural engineer and describes their journey to BIM Level 2 Verification by BSI.

Update

thinkBIM Chair, Duncan Reed and Niraj Mistry from the BIM Alliance Special Projects Group will be giving an update on the latest in BIM and Digital with a particular focus on upskilling.

Round Table Discussions (confirmed so far, more to be added!)

Andrew Tewksbury, Arcadis: How the rail industry is looking to develop commercial benefits from the use of digital information.

Rob Jackson, Bond Bryan Digital: The benefits of open data workflows and processes.

Lee Barnett, Curtins: The process and advantages of being BIM Level 2 certified.

The “Final Session”

Known for offering something a little different from your average conference closer, for our September conference we have arranged for a presentation and demo of the new Trimble Connect for Hololens. This technology utilises mixed reality for project coordination by providing precise alignment of holographic data on the construction site or in the factory, enabling workers to review models overlaid in the context of the physical environment.

+ Tours of the multi-award winning facility (most recently crowned Building Project of the Year at the Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber Awards)

Booking – Click to book

£50 per delegate *. This price includes a networking lunch, presentations, round table discussions and a tour of the facility.

*This event is FREE to members of the Yorkshire and Humber Constructing Excellence Club. Please email yhceclub@gmail.com to secure your place.

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With thanks to our sponsors for this event

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.

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