BIM Today December 2019


Welcome to the December edition of BIM Today. In this issue, we look back at some of the key issues in the sector today and ahead to what 2020 may bring

BIM Today’s cover story sees Alexandra Bolton, executive director of the Centre for Digital Built Britain, review the first-ever CDBB Week and National Digital Twin Day, which took place in September.

Meanwhile, Dr Timea Nochta of the Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction makes the case for city-scale digital twins, looking at the real-world application of the Gemini Principles in the Cambridge city-region.

Keith Waller discusses the Construction Innovation Hub and its mission to radically overhaul the way government buildings are delivered through the Platform Design programme.

And there’s much more besides, from the legal ins and outs of the UK Guidance Framework for ISO 19650 and the outlook for digitalisation in construction in 2020 right through to how scan-to-BIM technology has played a crucial role in a major redevelopment of the National Portrait Gallery in London.

Here’s a selection of what’s in store:

  1. The journey towards the National Digital Twin and a digital built Britain

Alexandra Bolton, executive director at the Centre for Digital Built Britain, reflects on the first-ever CDBB Week and calls for collaboration on the road towards the National Digital Twin.

  1. Co-developing city-scale digital twins

Dr Timea Nochta, a research associate at the Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction at the University of Cambridge, makes the case for city-scale digital twin applications to engage with the urban societies and socio-political processes they aim to serve.

3. Building a better future for construction

The Construction Innovation Hub, which launched last November, is a government-backed programme to bring wholesale, long-lasting change to the sector. Programme director Keith Waller sets out the challenge – and how it is being met.

  1. The legal section: UK Guidance Framework for ISO 19650

May Winfield, Simon Lewis and Andrew Croft explore aspects of the legal section of the UK Guidance Framework for ISO 19650.

5. New BIM model helps National Portrait Gallery step into the future

Lee McDougall, director at architecture and building consultancy practice AHR, outlines why scan-to-BIM technology has been crucial in planning a major redevelopment at the National Portrait Gallery.

6. Construction’s Digital Frontline: 2020 set to be pivotal year

Phil Brown, chief executive of Causeway Technologies, looks at how technology is being embraced across the supply chain to accelerate the digital transformation of the construction industry.

7. Construction game-changer: A front end approach to digital twins

Midlands-based design and detailing company TDS discusses the value of collaboration and digital modelling at the front end of the design process in a major project at Hong Kong International Airport.

8. Four legs good, two legs better! (Or, BIM Level 2 good, UK BIM Framework better!)

Our ageing and argumentative architect and BIMster, John Eynon, traces the ups and downs of the UK’s journey towards BIM Level 2 and digital transformation, reflecting on the stresses, the strains and the green shoots of hope for the future.

9. Thames Tideway Tunnel: Construction planning in 4D

4D construction planning has delivered £1m in savings on the eastern section of the Thames Tideway Tunnel, part of the UK’s largest-ever water infrastructure project.

10. Building Innovation Awards: Celebrating the cutting-edge in construction

The Building Innovation Awards recognised the people and projects pushing construction forward through the adoption of technology and digital transformation.


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