BIM Today February 2018


Welcome to the February 2018 edition of BIM Today. This issue includes a wide range of articles from across the BIM community, looking at everything from the application of blockchain technology in digital construction to the latest research on the understanding of BIM-related contract issues and the UK projects recognised in the annual Be Inspired Awards for BIM advancement

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

1. Blockchain and BIM: The Construction Blockchain Consortium leads the technology transformation in the built environment

Dr Eleni Papadonikolaki and Dr Abel Maciel on the work of the Construction Blockchain Consortium in bringing together industry and academia to supercharge blockchain technology in UK construction.

2. Do lawyers ‘get’ BIM?

Sarah Rock and May Winfield discuss the initial findings of a UK BIM Alliance research project looking at the understanding of legal and contractual issues surrounding BIM.

3. Drones in construction: Ready for take-off

The growing adoption of BIM and demand for digital data are fuelling the take-up of drones in the construction industry. Ian Tansey of ProDroneWorx looks at their potential to transform the sector.

4. BIM: The original Big Data?


Big Data can help building owners and operators leverage insight from a wide range of sources to optimise their assets – and their businesses. Jon Anunson of i3 by AECOM says BIM can be an excellent starting point to get information flowing.

5. UK firms recognised for BIM advancements in Bentley Systems’ annual Be Inspired Awards

Projects from London to the Cairngorms National Park were among the UK schemes represented at Bentley Systems’ annual Be Inspired Awards for BIM advancements.

6. Health & safety on site: Mitigating risk through BIM

Is BIM/virtual simulation and modelling emerging as a valuable tool for mitigating physical risk and promoting safety on site? Kier’s Andy Radley takes a look.

7. Digital transformation: How will your digital life change in 2018?

As digital transformation gathers pace all around us, John Eynon of Open Water Consulting argues that it’s time to embrace the advance of technology and think about what it means for our industry.

8. Transforming large estates through smart geospatial data

The ‘smart’ use of geospatial data can transform outcomes for large estate owners, writes Adrian Burgess of PCSG.

9. Reaping the benefits of linking BIM and CAFM

Joshua Davies of Stride Treglown discusses what needs to be done to integrate meaningful data from the construction process into a client’s CAFM model for future and existing estates – and how to reap the benefits.

10. Exporting Ireland: Offsite, digital and the future of Irish construction

BIM Today talks to Enterprise Ireland’s John Hunt, about the role of offsite and in improving efficiency, delivering “wow factor” and tackling the housing crisis on both sides of the Irish Sea.


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