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BIM Show Live is the UK’s original BIM conference and for 2019 the show, which takes place in the Boiler Shop in Newcastle’s Stephenson’s Quarter, is set to once again impress with its unique mix of edgy technical content and industry speakers who are passionate about the future of digital construction.
BIM Show Live not only brings digital construction content to life but it is leading the way in revolutionising the technological delivery of BIM and attracts some of the world’s greatest leaders and pioneering thinkers in Building Information Modelling (BIM).
The show has been running for seven years and will, for the third time, be held in Newcastle upon Tyne on Wednesday 27 and Thursday 28 February 2019. This two-day show is unlike your typical construction conference: it’s designed to educate, inspire and inform, as well as providing its delegates with real examples of BIM delivery and how this can be applied to their own projects, allowing their organisations to maximise their BIM potential.
Rob Charlton, CEO of North East based Space Group and co-founder of BIM Show Live, talks about what makes the show unmissable: “At BIM Show Live we provide a platform for the global BIM community to showcase digital innovation, and it is this innovation which is powering the use of BIM on construction projects.
“BIM Show Live is a gathering place for all those who thrive on technology, it serves as a proving ground for breakthrough technologies – where next-generation innovations are introduced to the marketplace.”
Speakers and Content
There are four content streams where real-projects will be shared, giving a blend of how the theories of BIM are applied in real-time and on physical assets as well as virtual ones.
The content streams will cover: Technology, Stories, People and Next Generation. Allowing for talks, discussion and demonstrations of the digital tools we are using today and looking ahead to the technologies of tomorrow.
The call for papers is open, searching for 2019 speakers, and will close on Thursday 1 November, with the show programme being announced early December.
BIM Show Live 2019 – Call for papers - YouTube
James Austin, Construction Industry Strategist for Autodesk and co-founder of BIM Show Live, tells us what we can expect to see and hear in the seminars: “The Technology stream will look at how today’s technology is applied to drive positive change. BIM Show Live is about advancement, the latest techniques, digital trends and shared experiences – seminars in this stream are guaranteed to inspire and impress you, tapping in to the BIM potential of your own organisation.
“It’s been seven years since Paul Morrell OBE, former Chief Government Construction Advisor stood up and told us about the UK BIM Mandate, six years since it was written down in the strategy, and two years since it came into ‘force’. In the Stories stream you’ll hear what businesses have been doing to adhere to the mandate, how and why. This stream will see the best story-tellers take to the stage and share their experiences and project successes (and failures) in the world of BIM.
“We’ve heard it a million times – technology adoption is about People. Whether it’s the process you’ve been through, the project you nailed, or the way in which you used technology to inspire a new generation of children to aspire to work in construction – every year people ask us why we didn’t have more stories about the people behind the technology. Well this year we are doing just that!
“And finally, for Next Generation as Brendon Burchard said: ‘Success and fulfilment come from your unflagging ability to believe in what other people call impossible’. This is the place where people come to share their ideas, everything from the possible to the impossible! Where magic and fairy dust make the technologies of tomorrow come alive.”
With the North East being a centre for manufacturing excellence and home of precision engineering, it is only fitting that our region’s capital plays host to this ingenious show, which attracts visits from all over the world.
To find our more and to get tickets, visit the BIM Show Live 2019 website here.
Amsterdam: GEO| Design+BIM, a platform that highlights the use of geospatial data analytics and Building Information Modelling (BIM) in asset spatial design, construction, and operation and maintenance, is pleased to announce Ballast Nedam as a Content Partner. The event is scheduled to take place from 1-2 November 2018, in Amsterdam.
Ballast Nedam, a Dutch-based development and construction company, will be organizing a program on Virtual Building at the event. The program will focus on the importance of 4D-scheduling tools for virtual building in infrastructure and building sector. Paulus Eckhardt, Director Design & Engineering at Ballast Nedam, will be one of the speakers, along with a few other industry players.
Eckhardt explains “The next step in reducing failure costs and increasing efficiency within the construction industry is to first digitally build the asset. Not only is the final situation important, the phasing of the construction technology and all temporary works, will especially improve collaboration between all parties involved in the building process. At GEO|Design+BIM we will discuss this way of working, because we still have to make big steps towards creating the willingness of people involved in construction to embrace the digital twin!”
“Partnership with Ballast Nedam is a new approach that we adopted this year as an endeavor to enrich our program offerings at GEO|Design+BIM. The conference is on its way to be a true business user platform, and we’re beyond excited to present a more content-rich and user-focused conference to our audience,” adds Anamika Das, Vice President, Outreach and Business Development at Geospatial Media and Communications, the conference organizer.
About Ballast Nedam Ballast Nedam is a development and construction company in which the projects form the core business. Ballast Nedam wants to be the most competitive construction company in the Netherlands. Via direct and open dialogue with its clients and partners, Ballast Nedam develops future-proof buildings and infrastructure: from dream to completion. It combines this with its smart view of cost efficiency, technology, worldwide expertise and focus on operational excellence. This way Ballast Nedam achieves ground-breaking solutions. The projects on which Ballast Nedam focusses include the major part of our built environment and ensure diversification within the group. These are projects in which Ballast Nedam makes the difference for its client through its specialist expertise and skills. Ballast Nedam industrialises the construction process by using innovative modular concepts and standardising its approach. Ballast Nedam is part of the Renaissance Group. www.ballast-nedam.nl
About GEO|Design+BIM GEO|Design+BIM is an exclusive event in Europe, highlighting and initiating discussions related to the use of geospatial data analytics and BIM in asset spatial design, construction, operation and maintenance. The event is a combination of two innovative platforms: GeoDesign Summit Europe and GeoBIM Europe, which were organized separately since 2013. Understanding the relevance and importance of bringing the geospatial analytics, spatial planning, architecture, engineering, construction and operation/maintenance professionals together on one platform, a combined effort was initiated in 2017, giving birth to this exciting integrated event. Visit www.geo-bim.org/europe to learn more.
Amsterdam: GEO| Design+BIM, a platform that highlights the use of geospatial data analytics and Building Information Modelling (BIM) in asset spatial design, construction, and operation and maintenance, is pleased to announce Autodesk as a Gold Sponsor. The event is scheduled to take place from 1-2 November 2018, in Amsterdam.
With the theme “Enabling Tomorrow’s Connected Infrastructure”, GEO| Design+BIM 2018 will delve further into the integration of geospatial technology and BIM, and other associated industry trends including big data analytics, IoT sensors, drones, virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), robotics, cloud worksharing, modular/offsite construction, city information modeling, digital twin, etc.
“With a global population expected to reach 10 billion people by 2050 with more than 70 percent residing in urban areas, extraordinary pressure will be placed on already strained infrastructure resources,” said Theo Agelopoulos, Director of Infrastructure Strategy at Autodesk. “To meet these challenges, we need to embrace new ways of planning, designing, building, operating and maintaining infrastructure assets. GEO|Design+BIM 2018 is the place to engage in that conversation and we are pleased to be a sponsor of such a significant event.”
“Our ambition is to make GEO|Design+BIM a true business user conference. With the support of Autodesk, the industry leader with strong user base worldwide, we’re positive we can make this happen,” adds Anamika Das, Vice President, Outreach and Business Development at Geospatial Media and Communications, the conference organizer.
GEO|Design+BIM is an exclusive event in Europe, highlighting and initiating discussions related to the use of geospatial data analytics and BIM in asset spatial design, construction, operation and maintenance. The event is a combination of two innovative platforms: GeoDesign Summit Europe and GeoBIM Europe, which were organized separately since 2013. Understanding the relevance and importance of bringing the geospatial analytics, spatial planning, architecture, engineering, construction and operation/maintenance professionals together on one platform, a combined effort was initiated in 2017, giving birth to this exciting integrated event.
Amsterdam: GEO| Design+BIM, a platform that highlights the use of geospatial data analytics and BIM in asset spatial design, construction, and operation and maintenance, is now accepting speaker proposals.
The event is scheduled to take place from 1-2 November 2018, in Amsterdam.
This year, GEO| Design+BIM will delve further into the integration of geospatial technology and BIM, and other associated industry trends including big data analytics, IoT sensors, drones, virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR), robotics, cloud work sharing, modular/offsite construction, city information modelling, digital twin, etc.
Speakers with expertise in any of the following areas are encouraged to submit proposals:
GEO|Design+BIM gathers 200+ focused audience from building and infrastructure community in Europe, especially from construction/engineering firms, architectural firms, ministry and municipalities, and technology providers.
The conference has introduced Autodesk as its first Gold Sponsor this year.
GEO|Design+BIM is a one of its kind event in Europe, highlighting and initiating discussions related to the use of geospatial data analytics and BIM in asset spatial design, construction, operation and maintenance. The event is a combination of two innovative platforms: GeoDesign Summit Europe and GeoBIM Europe, which were organized separately since 2013. Understanding the relevance and importance of bringing the geospatial analytics, spatial planning, architecture, engineering, construction and operation/maintenance professionals together in one platform, a combined effort was initiated in 2017, giving birth to this exciting integrated event.
The UK’s original BIM content library, bimstore are pleased to announce the appointment of Paul Quinn as their new Sales Director.
Paul brings with him an in-depth knowledge of the design and specification market, BIM and the digital construction industry.
As Sales Director, Paul will be responsible for the management of the sales team and developing and implementing sales strategies to deliver growth in the UK and international markets whilst maintaining superior levels of customer service.
“bimstore are dedicated to helping the industry become smarter through digital construction and innovation. The team here at bimstore are fantastic, there really is so much talent and an extraordinary sense of teamwork. I really like how they place the customer at the heart of everything they do. As a company, they can offer customers the solutions they need and are never afraid to try something different.
“They offer truly unique tools for specifiers, and the manufacturers bimstore work with also receive a demonstrable return on investment. bimstore is responsive to the needs of the industry and is passionate about staying ahead of the curve.”
Rob Charlton, CEO of bimstore is pleased to welcome Paul to the team, he comments:
“Paul has a wealth of knowledge and experience of working within the BIM Industry and this will help him when communicating the benefits of BIM in practice and changes in the industry to new and existing customers. His appointment will help bimstore continue with their plans to grow and develop new relationships and develop a community within the digital construction industry.”
To download the latest BIM components or request a content creation quote visit www.bimstore.co.uk
My first experience of Warboard was in the summer of 2016 while working on a high-end office scheme in Central London. The design team were working through finalising the concept, so there was still a lot moving around. Once the design had settled, and the team were gearing up towards planning and detailed design, it seemed an appropriate time in the programme to start looking at clash coordination and issue management.
The project was typical of many traditionally coordinated schemes in that a lot of the coordination was happening via snapshots and mark-ups in emails, and issues were not being tracked and resolved efficiently. The team needed a solution to the problem of issue tracking through the clash coordination process.
It certainly raised a few eyebrows amongst members of the team that were used to coordinating in the usual way, however, as the project progressed and it became apparent that issues were being tracked and closed out much more efficiently than by traditional methods, the team came to see the true value of the workflow. The project was handed over at stage 5 to the construction team with all major design issues cleared from the federated model. This was invaluable in terms of reducing RFI’s, risk, and time which might have been wasted resolving the same clashes on-site.
Now don’t get me wrong, Navisworks is very good at finding issues in BIM models, but not so good at representing the information in a format that is accessible to the entire design team. Some design team members may not have access to Navisworks or only have the capacity to review and comment on 2D CAD and PDFs. What I liked about Warboard was that it empowered the team to take control of the design issues that come out of the clash report through an inclusive and collaborative on-line format.
Due to its cloud-based platform, Warboard is able to collate all of the latest issues in a centralised location within its online project repository, and all members of the team, including the client, can be invited to the project to comment, and crucially, close out issues raised in the report.
Images of the clashes are clearly represented along with their locations. Users can add their own user profiles and descriptions of their roles within the team, and the progress of coordination is graphically tracked and attractively presented on the project dashboard in the form of timeline graphs and charts, which is great for reporting on progress to the client team. The interface is intuitive too and easy to navigate, and the software works with BCF files and issues can also be exported and viewed in Revit and Solibri.
Clash Reports can be easily exported to a smart looking PDF report and issued alongside the .nwd file. Report templates are also customisable to suit office standards. There is even a handy calendar function that can notify the team of the next coordination meeting or model issue.
Because it is web-based, issues can be taken to site and viewed on mobile or tablet devices, or anywhere that there is a viable wi-fi connection making it easy to review and report on model issues on the go.
All in all, the simplicity of use means that design teams are able to start using the software immediately with little or no training and reap the benefits of a faster, more efficient method of issue resolution leading to a more coordinated design with quantifiably better outcomes for site teams, and ultimately, the client.
Now that I’m part of the BIM Technologies team, I use Warbaord on a daily basis, and my clients find it effective and seamless, which means reporting is standardised and the whole project team are kept in the loop and know exactly where we are and what is needed at each stage.
Warboard`s name is suggestive, but users unfamiliar with the tool and a BIM coordination process, in general, may get the wrong idea at first glance. It does not host a battlefield between project stakeholders to point arms at each other, but rather rallies up everyone to fight the common enemy: Uncoordinated Models. There are a number of features that make Warboard effective at this, and I’d like to take you through these key areas which I think make Warboard an essential part of the project delivery process.
Connectivity: Firstly, it is browser-based, meaning anyone can access it anywhere at any time. No software installation required, and no heavy device specs needed, just get yourself an internet connection, and you are good to go. Being an online tool also enables it to follow the BIM philosophy by providing a single source of truth for Coordination Issues. Project team members can view clashes and comment at any time, and project admins can assign issues with resolution dates. Because it is online, everyone gets notified at the same time, so communicating is seamless.
Issue Management: There is no need to manage multiple files and worrying if the team is working on the latest report, just log on to Warboard and all the latest issues will be there. Another key feature is the audit trail that is available from the collation of each clash upload. You can select any point in time when issues were uploaded and check what exactly happened at that time. While doing that you might as well verify what comments were logged to the issues and by who. It is all there and can be accessed at any time. Clashes exported from Navisworks via XML maintain their grouping and viewpoint configuration while also bringing through data such as grid location, level, and clashing object IDs. Solibri users can also upload their results in BCF format.
Overview Dashboard: The project overview dashboard provides valuable information on coordination progression throughout the project timeline. You can see how many clashes have been resolved, how many remain active and how many new issues appeared at each given date. The issue status graph allows you to identify trends as well. With each upload, it is possible to see how new, active, resolved and approved clashes are progressing. You can also track upcoming events such as deadlines or coordination workshops through the project diary and view a summary of outstanding actions in the Member statistic section. All this information is automatically made available and can save valuable time.
Communication and Issue Resolution: Comments on individual clashes are always available online but can also be incorporated into a PDF report for distribution on the project CDE if necessary. The BCF export feature also assists the team to locate clashing objects within their authoring software, saving time when updating the model.
Custom Clashes: The custom clash tools give some extra tools for the team to work with. It can be a one-off viewpoint of something spotted in the federated model, a screenshot from within the authoring tool or even a picture from site. Upload an image, name it, locate it and you are ready to assign it to be resolved. Custom clashes have the same audit trail as conventional uploads and are incorporated into the PDF Report export as well.
Easy transition between different projects: If you are a full-time BIM coordinator and have multiple projects under your watch it is handy to be able to view all of them in one place, in the same format and with quick access to team members and information. Warboard provides that with its master Dashboard showing all projects you are managing or have been assigned to as a member.
These key features make it an easy to use yet powerful tool when it comes to managing coordination issues. It is also a tool that has a dedicated team so there are future features brewing in the background that will take advantage of the latest BIM software capabilities. At BIM.Technologies we also gather feedback from our live projects to make the tool better for the project team and ourselves. We have had a lot of positive feedback from design teams in projects of different sizes and complexity proving that it can be used in very diverse project setting.
The £215m Great Portland Estates (GPE) redevelopment of Rathbone Square in London’s lively West End required an innovative solution for predictability of delivery, all while maintaining the highest quality standards to deliver a building which would last for many decades.
This mixed-use development, comprising office space, retail outlets, and 142, prestige residential apartments all located around a new garden square, was delivered as a result of foresight, collaboration, communication, and a desire to embrace digital technology across the supply chain.
The project required experience, skill, and knowledge of 3D modelling and its collaborative digital process to improve the design, construction and operation of the asset. GPE, under the direction of James Pellatt, was an early advocate of digital construction methods, having seen it used on other projects as a way to mitigate risk.
From the very beginning of the project in 2011, GPE were keen to make sure the asset was delivered on time and in budget to the highest quality standards, so they sought the expertise of BIM. Technologies as BIM Coordinator.
GPE had worked with BIM. Technologies previously on the 240 Blackfriars project which was one of only a handful of BIM projects in London at the time. Using digital construction as the core project framework was very new, and was especially rare on such a large, high-profile project in one of the major capital cities in the world. The BIM process has been the consistent supporting thread within the teams, and it is this collaboration that made the project a success.
As this was such a complex project, the use of 3D models for coordination and issue management was of huge importance, and eventually resulted in over 650 models without any issues.
During the project BIM. Technologies developed its Warboard issue management platform to monitor the coordination, which provided a dashboard for GPE and the design and construction teams – allowing clear visibility of progression and encouraging openness.
As the project progressed, BIM. Technologies created a digital model of the apartments providing a virtual reality experience for the design and construction team. They used Oculus Rift headsets to walk through the plant room virtually which allowed any issues to be reviewed at close hand and to check all plant was accessible before the actual construction phase, removing the risk and any opportunity for re-work.
The connected workforce was undoubtedly the driving force behind this project, and it was this connectivity, achieved through commitment, collaboration and understanding of the project down to finite detail that has delivered buildings which will be appreciated for decades to come.
James Pellatt, Head of Projects at Great Portland Estates said:
“I am immensely proud of what GPE and our supply chain have achieved at Rathbone Square, it demonstrates the sophistication of the whole project team, resulting in a highly desirable space to live and work.
“We have delivered not only a sustainable building by significantly reducing waste and whole life cycle cost, but the digital built model delivered prior to the physical built asset has led to enhanced soft landings and will simplify future use.”
Rob Charlton, CEO of Space Group, explained that:
“This was one of the earliest BIM. Technologies projects in London. It was a complex project with many challenges. We used technology to support collaboration and manage risk, however, we learned quickly that technology can only add value with the commitment of the team and a consistent vision from the client.”
Watch this video to see how innovative technology was essential to complete this unique project.
The £165 million Victoria Gate Shopping Centre opened in October 2016, hosting three distinct areas; a flagship John Lewis store, shopping arcade and multi-storey car park.
BIM. Technologies were appointed by Sir Robert McAlpine as BIM Coordinator for the delivery of the Acme-designed scheme’s façade; made from diagonal struts of etched concrete.
They were tasked to ensure this complex, geometrically curved build was brought to life through the 3D digital model and to de-risk the challenges of ensuring the offsite fabricated steelworks and concrete panels of the entire façade would fit together perfectly. Not only did the project require all three facades to be compatible, but the addition of the glass roof which topped this intricate scheme also needed to be factored in.
They coordinated all the steel-work, MEP and civils, the management of standards such as the BEP and model requirements (audits), and 3D modelling and computational scripting using our Warboard collaboration software.
At that time, Warboard was very much an in-house tool, developed by BIM. Technologies to help manage coordination between the client and subcontractors. For this project, which had over 54 separate models from 14 different companies, Warboard was able to create one federated model for issue management in an easy to access, and use, platform.
Warboard was used daily for coordinating and communicating the progress of the project, for issue detection, and to make reports.
All issue detection and management work uses Navisworks, but Warboard allows anyone with a web browser to access the dashboard, and for this project, it enabled Sir Robert McAlpine to view and assess how the project was progressing in real time, across any device. They could make comments on the dashboard and even upload images.
Warboard uses a native Navisworks plug-in, but we’ve also developed it to support the BCF (BIM Collaboration Format) and can be exported from Revit or other design software, offering real benefits in the delivery of BIM Level 2 projects.
Adam Ward, Technology Director at Space Group explained:
“Where once it might take three days to run a report, Warboard allowed us to do this with a click of a button. For us, it was one of the main reasons we first developed the software back in 2013 – it allowed us to save a great deal of time and created customised reporting for our teams. There wasn’t anything like this in the marketplace so who else better suited to develop it? Us, the end-user!”
Warboard has proven its worth on all BIM. Technologies’ projects, being re-built and updated by the Space Applied Technologies team as the main project tool for collaboration, and for the management and monitoring of design information. It has led to far greater efficient workflows, fewer errors, and aided collaboration and communication across teams.
“Victoria Gate was an incredibly complex scheme that benefitted hugely from Warboard, and it’s been invaluable on all our projects. It’s far more than a simple issue management system – it highlights any issues in a construction project allowing the entire team, including the client and subcontractors to collaborate to deliver projects efficiently.”
It was a natural evolution to make Warboard available as a commercial platform for use by BIM Consultants, BIM Managers, MEP Engineers, Architects, Structural Engineers, Project Managers and Subcontractors. And with a free sign up to get started, video tutorials on how to use it, and support from the BIM. Technologies team, it’s time to discover for yourself what Warboard can deliver for your projects.
Watch the video on how BIM enabled the vision of the Victoria Gate Shopping Centre come to life here: Victoria Gate Video