Open innovations for smart city futures

Jesus Villasante, Head of Unit for Net Innovation for the European Commission, DG Connect hails the development of new smart city applications… The largest event dedicated to smart cities, the Smart City Expo World Congress was held from the 17th to 19th November last year in Barcelona. Jesus Villasante was...

The EU Urban Agenda for our cities of tomorrow

European Parliament MEP, Lambert van Nistelrooij outlines why cities are the engine for economic growth and are integral for the EU Urban Agenda...   Cities have the future. While the regions in Europe always had the ‘first’ attention from Brussels, the spotlights nowadays have to be on the cities as well....

BIM 4 FM – May the force be with you

Mike Packham, Partner of Bernard Williams Associates and BIFM member provides the highlights from May Winfield’s recent presentation examining the dark side of the legal issues surrounding BIM and the FM sector… As I sit writing this article the latest film in the Star Wars series (The Force Awakens) is...

UK BIM Level 2 – Help? – Help!

You might be wondering where to start with BIM and where you can get help and information, so I’m going to share with you a few resources that are free that you can access right now. 1 – The BIM Regions – www.bimregions.co.uk The Regions (previously known as the Regional BIM...

BIMobject: The Data Conundrum in BIM

BIM objects of manufactured building products typically consist of three things: intelligent geometric representation of the product; data about the product (specification, sustainability, etc., details) presented in a structured format; and reference information (service manual, spares list, etc.) held in electronic form, usually as PDFs. Today many manufacturers are having...

The new BIM Bom(b)

Jan Phelps, Principal and IWMS Advocate for Terminal Velocity FM hails the popularity and benefits of BIM for the FM community and asks whether it should be called BOM (Building Operations Modeling)… As a seasoned FMer, I recall the first space use standards such as COBie, and noticed how similar...

Elmtech: SketchUp 2016 has arrived!

SketchUp 2016 has recently launched and with this release we’re integrating Trimble Connect directly into SketchUp. As a refresher, Connect is Trimble’s platform for storing, syncing, referencing, sharing, and collaborating on design/build projects. Sign up for a free account, then start uploading .skp, .pdf, .dxf, .ifc. files. With this integration,...

Linking BIM, GSL and the future NHS Estates frameworks

Karl Redmond, BIM4HEALTH & BIM4SME representative and Director at Bowman Riley Innovate & Healthcare details how the future NHS Estates frameworks will fully support the BIM and GSL agenda… The future of the NHS and all its many agendas, groups and countless chiefs have been given what some see as...

StruMIS LTD: Putting BIM to work

Building Information Modelling (BIM) has fast become an essential in today’s construction industry. The challenge faced by management teams now is to integrate the vast amount of data available in the most useful, accessible way, so that it can support effective decision making. Back in the 1980s, StruMIS LTD, formerly...

BIM: Integrating Environmental Intelligence at Landmark

Next month sees the arrival of the deadline for the mandated adoption of BIM Level 2 for all centrally procured projects. I read a great statement from RICS, which I felt really summed up just what BIM Level 2 represents: “Level 2 BIM is effectively an enabler towards a more...

BGScivils data products: Putting the subsurface into BIM

Kate Royse Director for Environmental Modelling and Russell Lawley Team Leader for Product development – GeoProperties at the British Geological Survey details how the new BGScivils data product will help put the subsurface into BIM… BGS has recently developed, and released BGScivils, which is a suite of engineering property datasets...

Archaeology, BIM and large-infrastructure (part 2)

In our last article we began to consider the incorporation of data from archaeological contractors into the BIM process for large infrastructure projects and looked at the first of the three broad phases of archaeological work undertaken during CAPEX; assessment of known archaeological assets. In this article, we discuss the...

There’s No “I” in BIM

Jason Whittall, Director of Architecture & BIM for One Creative Environments Ltd argues that the ‘I’ in BIM needs to be taken seriously if the true benefits of BIM will ever be realised… Okay, there is technically an “I” in BIM, but the way we commonly say “there’s no “I”...

Multi-disciplinary BIM at Terence O’Rourke

Terence O’Rourke is a multi-disciplinary consultancy, based in London and Bournemouth, providing planning, environment consultancy and architectural services. Within our design disciplines we have urban designers, masterplanners, landscape architects and architects who work together on projects that range widely in type, scale and complexity. We use our team’s unique skill¬set...