BIM Today August 2015

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Welcome to the Summer 2015 edition of BIM Today.

The UK’s Digital Built Britain Strategy sets out what will essentially be Level 3 BIM – to “enable the interconnected digital design of different elements in a built environment and will extend BIM into the operation of assets over their lifetimes”. The Strategy recognises that the Smart City and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies have a key role to play in releasing the billions of pounds in efficiency savings, along with driving innovation, creating growth and local employment opportunities.

We open this edition looking at how the Smart City will develop. Henry Lawson, Market Research Consultant for BSRIA examines the possibilities of achieving common standards which are appropriate for the myriad of different “things” that will potentially be part of the Internet of Things. He looks at what is being done at the moment, including the approach taken by the HyperCat standard.  Appropriately, Justin Anderson, CEO of Flexeye, talks about the vital role of the IoT, including the HyperCat standard and how it will deliver on the vision and benefits set out in the UK’s Digital Built Britain strategy. In addition, Tom Saunders, Senior Researcher at Nesta details how the IoT has the potential to transform our cities, and John Eynon, Chair of the CIC South East Regional BIM Hub, considers how BIM and the smart city concept work together.

I’m really pleased to include an exclusive interview with our BIM Champion, Dave Philp. Philp has recently added another title to his job role – becoming the Chair of the BIM Delivery Group for the Scottish Futures Trust. In the interview, we chat about how far we have come in embedding BIM in the construction industry, the PAS 1192-5 standard, skills, accreditation, and why Scotland needs a BIM strategy – detailing how this will be delivered.

Alan Muse, Director of Built Environment Professional Groups at the RICS provides a detailed overview of the findings from a think tank report into BIM and ‘big data’. In the article he outlines the major touch points of change that the report finds, and what will have a significant impact on the surveying and related built and natural environment professions.

In addition to the above, we have some really interesting articles from experts such as Duncan Reed who discusses the benefits of adopting BIM for planning and building control decision making. Chris Witte, Vice Chair BIM4M2 provides a step-by-step guide on how BIM4M2 are helping manufacturers to be fit for purpose on their BIM journey, and Harriet Eldred, BIM Panel member at The Institution of Structural Engineers outlines what BIM means for the Structural Engineering profession, claiming that BIM is really about efficiency.

I hope you all enjoy reading this edition, and as ever, welcome any feedback you have.

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