I’m sure that at some point you have looked at what you are doing and thought, ‘there must be an easier way to do this’. For me, this point came as I was detailing a complex brick façade to determine the number of special and cut bricks for a builder to get manufactured off site. That’s when I started ‘bricking it’. There’s a high degree of human error in analytically dissecting the model to produce the required information – there had to be a better way of doing this.
We all get told that information you take out of a digital model is only as good as the data that is put into it and how it’s structured. But, what if there was another way? A way that looked at a digital model and retrospectively analysed them to determine how many special bricks are required and scheduled these items out as a manufacturer’s ‘cut list’.
Well there might be a way. We have the technology available to us to 3d scan an object and populate that shape with ‘lego bricks’ at a prescribed modular shape and colour. If the toy industry is able to do this on a micro scale then why can’t we, as construction professionals, take the information that we produce and programme a similar formula?
This presentation will explore how unstructured data has the potential to be mined for modular construction methods. Warning: Lego will feature highly in this talk.
Why wont you BIM!?!.. The autobiography of a BIM Manager.
With a BIM revolution sweeping the UK everyone is adopting this great new technology and associated processes to save time and money. BIM will answer all of your life’s problems and save you 5 hours a day.
This is the story we hear in the “BIM Press” time and time again but the reality of BIM adoption in the UK is actually very different. This session will look back at over 6 years of lessons learnt as a company BIM Manager working for both large and small design consultants to reflect on how we as an industry can make the above story a reality.
Digital transformation is coming for the construction industry (slowly) and we need to ensure that we can adopt it as readily as we have adopted hundreds of other digital transformations in every other aspect of our life’s. Using these other successful transformations as a case studie we will look at why they have been so widely adopted and if there are any lessons learnt that we can apply to the adoption of BIM.
Finally we will be debating the question “Is BIM just too difficult?” and looking at ways we can simplify it for end users.
We Have Done This Before: An objective look at BIM
5 years ago, back in the early days of BIM Show Live, Adam and James spoke together on the main stage, in what history reveals as the only time they shared a podium together in public. In that presentation, they covered an overview of challenges facing construction, and how existing technologies might be applied to solve them. That talk positioned the application of technologies such as drones, laser scanning, augmented & virtual reality, machine learning and much more as the future of construction. Afterwards some attendees laughed and said it would never happen…
Join us for the return of the original Ant & Dec of the UKBIM Crew, and listen to a light hearted but hard hitting analysis of those predictions, and a bunch of new ones to lay the challenge down to the construction industry once more.
If you are responsible for ensuring your company stays ahead or even if you are just a huge geek, this is the class for you.
Digital Construction’s Wonder Women present The Justice Legals of BIM
Is the BIM Protocol as robust as the Lasso of Truth? Are the Employer’s Information Requirements and the BIM Execution Plan as sturdy as indestructible bracelets?
Sarah and Ashleigh will dispel the legal myths around digital construction and discuss the legal structure behind BIM. This presentation will look at what is required legally to implement Level 2 BIM, whether current contracts and procurement routes cater for this and how this is all being approached in practice.
Speaker: Ashleigh Cole, Herbert Smith FreehillsView Biog
Speaker: Sarah Rock, Herbert Smith FreehillsView Biog
Manufacturer’s product data, why do we need consistent quality data?
Drew is Head of Product Information at NBS. His role encompasses managing the delivery of manufacturer’s product data across the NBS product portfolio.
His class will demonstrate the importance of manufacturer’s product information to the designer and how this is delivered within a BIM and specification environment.
A mixture of Powerpoint slides and live examples will be used.
The following points will be explored:
Product selection from digital information.
Integration of BIM objects within a project model and specification using NBS tools.
The benefits of consistent quality data, specifically looking at the NBS BIM Object standard and the tools available to implement this standard.
Listed Buildings, Traditional Contracts, Point Cloud Surveys and two main contractors.
The trials and tribulation of trying to champion a 3d collaborative work-flow on the refurbishment and redevelopment of a grade 2 listed building when the design team are procured traditionally via production of 2d Deliverables, and a split construction team who’s deliverables are both 2d and 3d.
The challenges for a team when converting from 2d to a 3d Workflow whilst achieving moving deadlines and knowing your LOD responsibilities before a MPDT has been developed
1. Knowing your LOD’s when delivering traditional packages and managing the teams LOD’s.
2. ‘’We’re only contractually obliged to give you 2D Information’’
3. Using BIM workflows because they actually are an enabler for better collaboration.
4. “Validation, Validation, Validation” – Validating survey information via point cloud surveys throughout the project lifecycle.
5. How much of the ‘I’ in BIM was really delivered.
6. Can a BIM project really be delivered when using a traditional procurement route?
Speaker: Michael Hudson, Flanagan LawrenceView Biog
Machine learning : a practical application in BIM
Learn the basics of data sciend & machine learning and also how this can be practically applied to BIM.
We will be using Dynamo and pre-assembled machine learning & data science libraries to perform statistical analysis and run machine learning algorithms on typical BIM data sets and learn how to extract & infer knowledge from the results.
Integrated Project Insurance: turning construction on its head…because BIM alone cannot do it!
WARNING: not recommended for people who are set in their ways and who don’t like change!
There is always strong focus around the technology side of BIM but for this to work efficiently and to get true value from BIM as an industry we need to take a long hard look at ourselves.
We are notorious for being ‘behind the times’, for blaming each other, being reactive and for being unproductive – BIM on its own is not going to solve all these problems.
We need to go back to basics, look at how construction projects are structured and how we behave within them – to do this we need to change procurement, which in turn means changing what we know and how we go about delivering projects.
The 2011 construction strategy introduced three new methods of procurement one of which was Integrated Project Insurance (IPI).
The session will explore why current procurement methods make us unproductive and wasteful as an industry.
It will introduce IPI as a new form of procurement and run through the basics of the new method.
It will explore the connections between IPI and BIM methodologies.
Finally, it will focus on the world’s first IPI project at Dudley College and lessons learned.
Adopting the carpentry mantra of “measure twice, cut once”, I want to show how we are using BIM to generate a multitude of data that informs 5 parts of the business;
Reducing drafting time by driving element creation from data using dynamo, and reducing re-work through smart data rich families.
-Commercial / Estimating
Using the developing model as a cost analysis tool, using data to generate weekly reports for the commercial department.
Using Data to generate purchase orders for components from the model.
Using Data to generate tracking codes that associate those components outlined above with their digital location on site
All those data sets we signed up to generate, how can we use the model to do this?
Being a Dynamo user, I’ll share the graphs configured to extract data and expedite tasks as a means of showing that this is also a tool that can be used at a subcontracting level – not just for organic façade design or structural engineering.
I’d like to kick-start meaningful sub-contractor BIM conversations, which is an area that I think is under represented in BIM circles. For me real leverage of BIM is when the speciality site trades are intrinsically using it as a way of working, building in their own functionality that supports pro-active workflows.
The real democratisation of BIM depends on this.
Sainsbury’s Digital Estate – Harvesting Asset Data from Existing 2D DWGs
Mike and Mark will tell the story of Sainsbury’s BIM Journey and how it is now part of a much bigger Digital Estate Programme. The implementation team has dealt with a series of curve balls over the last 18 months implementing a new common data environment together with a project to harvest object and room area data from over 1400 existing 2D store drawings. They will talk about the cultural challenges, the tech and the standards and introduce you to SID and SAM, the characters who now help them explain to colleagues what digital estate will mean to them.
BIM SHOW LIVE – O’BIM
Offsite construction is seen by both industry and government as crucial to improving the sector in terms of efficiency, cost, quality and sustainability. BIM’s natural strengths run towards upfront planning and coordination, and that fits in perfectly with what off-site construction is all about.
Working in collaboration with Queen’s University of Belfast, the McAvoy group’s goal is to master off-site construction management’s involvement with Building Information Modelling (BIM) projects. This research aims to develop a Strategy for using BIM in offsite Construction.
The Lecture can define some initial tasks which include:
• Defining what BIM means to off-site.
• Identifying the benefits of BIM for off-site and modular construction and for clients
• Transfer of knowledge about the latest technologies in the world of prefabrication
• Leading informative educational sessions and producing guidance for off-site construction as outputs where appropriate.
BIM for Offsite will lead to 3D printing
Offsite building is a sort of 3D prototyping, most factory based procedures are already digitalized and information is already taken from BIM models into manufacturing. The transition into full rapid prototyping is in the near future.
The advantages of 3D printing in construction include the ability to make customised structures. From literature and other media, it seems 3D printing could complement these philosophies.
Speaker: Hadeel Safaa Saadoon, Queen's University BelfastView Biog
Things Spock Taught Us About BIM
This interactive and humorous talk will draw parallels between Star Trek character Spock and they way we think about BIM. Using quotes from Spock, we will try to understand the more nuanced side of successful BIM management, including the importance of information and how to set up your BIM for success. While BIM is a popular concept, some details are poorly understood.
This talk will offer a fun setting to look at the more complex challenges and pitfalls that surround BIM implementation.
Learning Objectives: After completing this class, attendees will be able to:
1) Understand the components of a solid BIM foundation.
2) Understand the requirements for information in BIM.
3) Understand the limitations of the cloud and how to work around them.
4) Utilise collaboration strategies (technological and otherwise).
Speaker: Susan Brattberg, Global eTrainingView Biog
Sexy Data – The data that the AECO sector should be using
The construction industry talks about data, but what data do they mean? It has become a catch all phrase like the word ‘sustainability’. The question is, what data should people be utilising for geometrical and product attributes purposes, such as cost and product performance properties?
This session will look (in a humorous way) to define what is sexy data. It will utilise and show the most recent findings of the Data requirements stream of the UKBIM Alliance (as led by Nick Tune) and most importantly it will address the questions; what data do/should clients want, why do they want it and what will they do with it. Finally we will address the future of data exploitation in construction and look at the art of the possible if we get our requirements right.
Do you REALLY want Manufacturers content? Success stories in re-purposing MFG Content for BIM
When adopting BIM, the longest slog is creating the family files that you’ll need to generate your designs productively – but there is so much great content out their already on building product suppliers websites, couldn’t you just use that?
We all know that it’s not that simple. Manufacturing models are not only far more complicated than we require for BIM, they rarely contain the data we require. So how can building product manufactures, suppliers and specifiers work closer together to share data in a way that benefits all parties?
In this presentation, we will tell the stories of customers who have taken on the challenge. We will look at the problems they’ve faced, the solution’s they’ve implemented and discuss the merits of each.
The challenges of sharing data with the right amount of detail at the right time are by no means solved. We are interested in your views on this subject and we look forward to some lively debate!
Technology is the Future of Architecture, But It Won’t Replace You
BIM is 10% technology, 90% sociology”. Let’s talk about people. It’s a very exciting time to be an Architect, but many question the future of the profession. This class argues that the role technology will play in the industry from digital design tools, through manufacturing and into adaptive architecture, the internet of things and the smart cities initiative will lead to the convergence of many industries and gives the Architect an enormous opportunity in a new era of Construction.
The power is in our communities to provide the key to unlock the full potential of technology, and by empowering people to build relationship networks, working with technology rather than for it, the industry can make a necessary paradigm shift towards full digitization. This class will outline the barriers that currently exist in achieving a fully collaborative, participatory culture for design and suggests ways to revolutionise the process in order to deliver a truly sustainable future.
Getting The ‘Fluffy’ Sh**e Right… Organisational Information Requirements – What Data Do You Need
Learn how to define, procure and capture the data your organisation needs through the design, construction & operational phases of an asset-lifecycle.
Assets come in many shapes and forms. An asset could be a site, a building, a room or even a specific piece of MEP equipment – but, whether at a micro or macro level, Clients need to know data about their assets, be it site level financial information or AHU manufacturer specific properties – the challenge is, what data, when, where, from who and how. This class, through a selection of key BIM Implementation and Information Management Framework appointments will explore the concept of an Information Management Process and explore how Clients can define what data their organisation needs throughout the design, construction and operational phases of an asset-lifecycle. The class will set out the key questions clients need to ask when looking at defining their asset data requirements, the documentation they should produce and in turn how to procure and capture data from their supply chain, with a focus on the importance of putting value on information.
“Let’s Get Judgmental” – Analyzing & processing Revit Projects for automated output & validation of COBie data
This session will present how real-life architectural projects have used Dynamo Studio to accelerate time consuming challenges like model maintenance/auditing Revit models, verify the data and preparing it for COBie export.
We will explore how Dynamo Studio can automatically create valuable project reports and export them to Excel and Power BI. For example creating reports of elements which have not been modelled to best practice, flagging them in the model to streamline corrective actions.
We will also touch on some limitations of Revit dealing with warnings and automated workarounds to help correcting them.
Finally, I will demonstrate ways to check your data before exporting for information exchanges and creation of COBie data.
The story of the development of BIM is told for the first time. The presentation will show:
The origin of BIM and how it has developed.
Case studies illustrating the first use of BIM in Engineering, Architecture, Building Services, CM and others in the 1980s and 1990s.
Show and prove direct links between Graphisoft, Revit, Reflex, Sonata and others.
Speaker: Jonathan Ingram, City SimulationsView Biog
From DevOps to BimOps
We’ll look at what the AEC industry can learn from their counterparts in IT & software development, focusing on BIM workflows that can span multiple teams and projects. The increasing use of BIM software and processes saw the advent of new positions within the industry: BIM managers, BIM coordinators , information managers etc. We will look at how to coalesce these roles in one movement and build a framework that encourages new roles to develop and also more clearly defined roles and more collaboration across roles, practices and countries. We will explore how that might look in a real-world practice, with its implications for IT, BIM and staff and also what first steps we ought to take.
Why re-invent the wheel when our good friends in IT have already gone through this ? Let’s learn from their mistakes and successes.
Photogrammetry – Making pointcloud magic from drones and photos
Forget tape measures, theodolites & laser scanners. Get ready to see the future of surveying, Photogrammetry!
This class will present a real life case study of how we used standard digital photos collected by a UAV drone to generate a pointcloud comparable to any laser scanner. We will also explain how the resulting point cloud can be used to enhance your Revit modelling.
By using photogrammetry on this project we have managed to do things quicker, safer, more accurately and with less cost than we have ever been able to do before.
Our presentation will run you through the practical uses of photogrammetry on a real life project including live demonstrations of some of the processes involved:
• What is Photogrammetry
• Scoping a photogrammetry project
• No-Fly zones and health & safety using drones
• Capturing the photos on site
• Processing photos into pointclouds (software comparison)
• Tips n Tricks for processing in different software’s
• Bringing the results into Revit for modelling
• Comparison to traditional survey methods and accuracy
• Our lessons learnt
Don’t have access to a drone?….
Don’t own an expensive professional camera?….
Think pointcloud surveys are expensive?….
Not sure how this can help with your day to day projects?….
….We will show you how to generate a pointcloud of any object in less than 20minutes using just your mobile phone and the power of the cloud!
We’ve all heard it; most of us have said it at some point. But what does that phrase actually mean?
BIM Level 2 is a “collaborative way of working … that requires all project and asset information, documentation and data to be electronic”. Most of us have got our head around the concept of a data-enriched 3D model, we’re familiar with the container naming and exchange requirements defined in the umpteen pillars of BIM, but do we give enough consideration to the structure and use of our data?
Nigel Davies, Director of Evolve Consultancy, and BIM expert, explains the concept of Information Requirements and how the end goal needs to inform the process of design and construction. From the theory of Organisational, Asset and Employers Information Requirements and their direct influence on the scope of a project BIM Execution Plan to the reality of staged information exchanges, this session will describe the pitfalls and successes of data usage. Drawing on case studies and technical examples, Nigel will lead attendees through the process of defining a project’s Level Of Information (LOI) and how best to deliver that data through OpenBIM methodologies such as IFC. Nigel will demonstrate how information can be validated and progressed through design, into construction and eventually handover.
Whatever software you use for BIM authoring, do yourself a favour and get along to this session. You’ll not look at a model in the same way again.
How to Flourish in a Collaborative Environment: Design Technology at BDP
Learn how to collaborate more effectively and efficiently, with tips on how to better organise and manage a design team through each project stage.
Since the UK Government Level 2 BIM mandate, BDP has actively pursued greater BIM adoption. In autumn 2014 BDP became the first UK business to achieve BIM ‘Level 2’ certification. This class aims to reveal workflows adopted by BDP in a multi-disciplinary approach to address this mandate, enabled using BIM technologies.
A multi-disciplinary environment is the place to push the boundaries of current technology and this class aims to discuss how all projects can achieve more effective and efficient collaboration through a number of takeaway tips.
‘Auf Wiedersehen, BIM – an International Perspective
Across the globe data is becoming a critical raw material of the modern construction organisation turning that into meaningful insight will drive a new wave of sector innovation.
As we enter a new cognitive era of construction there are many questions that need answered:
How will AI and machine learning impact on construction?
Is there a growing need for under understanding and reasoning and insight based on an industry awash with data?
What will machines learning to scan huge amounts of data to predict costs and get clients best deals – mean to the professions?
From BIM mandates to supplier innovation we are witnessing digital disruption on a worldwide scale. This presentation will examine the key issues of improved functionality to the existing BIM value proposition and show how this is manifesting across the globe.
Case studies will be referenced especially from Australia and New Zealand including who Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW) are and why are they spending AU$11Bn/yr. on infrastructure
– the TfNSW Digital Engineering Scoping Study:
– Capability and Capacity
– Information Requirements
– Processes and Procedures
– Impact on supply chain across Australia and government approach to DE/BIM
BeIMCraft – The construction skills shortage solved.
Minecraft has long been of interest to those in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry. After all, the indie game, which burst onto the scene in 2011, is all about designing and constructing buildings (and even wiring an electrical system, if you’re savvy).
The trouble is that the game isn’t very realistic. With its ridiculous physics, endless build height and limitless materials, it doesn’t exactly give a clear picture of current construction practices.
Augmented Reality already has a place in our everyday lives but how can it be applied to the construction industry? Rather than accept what our eyes see of reality, why not augment our vision to change how we might see different situations? During this session, we will explore augmented reality and how it could be combined with BIM data. Will this relationship help or hinder progress in construction?
With the mandated Level 2 now in effect and the use of Cobie there is a good base in place to focus on the Information aspect of BIM. This is however only a starting point, it forces us to ask the right questions and it gives us a platform to exchange Information in a structured way. It does not change our processes or force us to think in new ways. So how do we break down the barriers between all involved parties and put the final result our Buildings or Civil works and the information in the centre.
During this seminar we will explore how the recent technological development and global trends combine to drive BIM based collaboration to new levels. With the ability to collaborate in near real time we need to challenge our current methods, we will outline areas and give examples of steps that can be taken. We will also go through and answer the question is there a business case?
In a world where acronym is king and a data is a measure of currency, are we missing the point? With EIR’s, BEP’s, PLQ’s, LOD’s, LOI’s, IFC’s, LOD’s, PIM’s, AIM’s, CDE’s, PAS’s and COBie are we missing the point of what BIM is all about? Industry report’s from around the world cite many of the industry’s problems, is the current approach of three letter acronyms and a library of standards to understand really going to help change an industry that’s got enough pressures of capacity, increased demands of sustainability and global competition
This no nonsense session will question if the principles behind the UK mandate are right, what it and other standards and mandates get right and wrong, and if you should pack it all in, get down to the pub and think about doing something completely different. If you’ve not decided to switch careers by the end of the session then at least you’ll be better prepared to challenge the BS in the industry and LOL at the next person who asks for the 21st century equivalent of tartan paint.
Influenced by a ‘Black Box Thinking’ approach – used to success by companies such as Google, Dyson and the Team Sky cycling team – we strive at DMA to continually learn from our experiences, and improve our design skills and services through marginal gains. Using a unique set of project case studies, presented by the team members directly involved, we want to share our experiences of this ‘Black Box Thinking’ approach to digital design – identifying the difficulties we have encountered, the mistakes we have made, and how these have been scrutinised to make incremental changes to our methods and offer increasingly innovative solutions to our clients. We will present a ‘medley’ of four projects – an award winning school with a collaborative design team embracing off-site construction techniques to meet a challenging programme; a sensitive conservation project transforming listed barns into new houses; the refit of the unique and complex geometry of the Media Centre at Lord’s; and a modular housing design with a structured workflow to maximise the design and production efficiencies.
Speaker: Tom Murphy, David Miller ArchitectsView Biog
Speaker: Launren Westpfel, David Miller ArchitectsView Biog
Speaker: Andrew Wood, David Miller ArchitectsView Biog
Afternoon Refreshments, Networking & Exhibition
BIM, GIS, Town Planning and the Local Plan Model on the Cloud.
As we move towards Digitally Built Britain the building design process is evolving to be data rich. The planning application process would greatly benefit from an interface with building information
Referencing, the Government’s outline for BIM level 3 and the National Planning Policy Framework, I will make proposals for introduction of a model based planning system which interfaces with BIM.
Look at how appraisals of data within the model can be used by planning professionals to evolve best fit sustainable strategies. Likewise, the model data will inform the design team to help the evolution of best-fit solutions.
The cumulative information from communities within the model will aid strategy for planners and developers, as well as helping Communities see the evenness of the system and the potential of their neighbourhood. Moreover, interaction with the communities will facilitate collaboration and enable bottom up definition to evolve within their local plan. Leading to local distinctiveness which can encompass the desires of a wider spectrum of people within that community, desires for innovation, sustainability and efficiency as well as conservation, this potential future could include innovation areas in the way we now have conservation areas.
Speaker: Rosemarie Andrews, Hot Algorithmic ArchitectureView Biog
BIM + Blockchain
There is evidence all around that we are witnessing a digital transformation in the design and construction industry. The technologies of this transformation are disruptive to the existing procurement process. This is a good thing because, it is from this disruption that new innovation can spring forth such as a collaborative procurement process that has the potential to be a leaner, more efficient and cost effective however there is one essential piece missing from the puzzle this is TRUST and the provision of evidence of trust.
Blockchain is here, it cannot be uninvented, and it will play a major role in the disruption of current centralised systems and it can further disrupt our design and construction process for the better. Blockchain provides a solution to the problem of TRUST.
My presentation will discuss a linking of BIM by making use of its database (and the ability to create parameters to program the BIM database) to the Blockchain with its security and trace-ability to initiate smart contracts validating a virtual value confirmation into the physical value. It will discuss the vexed problem of IP and causation and propose solutions.
The synergy that exists between the Reality of BIM models and the Reality of Blockchain leads me to believe we have a new BIM dimension. 8d BIM + Blockchai
Speaker: Malachy Mathews, Dublin Institute of TechnologyView Biog
Growing BIM Organically, without all the BS!!$£
I would like to tell a story of a time long ago, before all the BS!!$£…
I’d like to deliver an adaptation of a presentation I gave twice in 2016 for NBS, however with more emphasis given to how we have organically grown over the last 8 years alongside our clients requirement to “use Revit”. As a Small Practice (6 colleagues) we had to develop our skills over time, adapting our focus as the years went by to meet the shifting client requirements and needs.
The main drive had filtered down from Walmart due to Global Licensing Agreements whilst we had been custodians of Asda Construction Model & Specification and we were tasked with converting the Asda Standard Details from AutoCAD into Revit. I have the original communication from Asda requesting that “consultants must use Revit 2009” and this in theory is a caveman EIR!! It’s brilliant.
We are currently working alongside our Client, developing their use of BIM internally and working on integrating their data from inception through to Facilities Management using web based database’s and API systems. If I can gain the appropriate sign off, I’ll give an insight into what this means to Asda generally and a glimpse at where they are heading with information, validation, LCC and facilities Management.