BIM Today May 2018


Welcome to the May 2018 edition of BIM Today. In this issue, May Winfield and Sarah Rock, the authors of the landmark Winfield Rock Report on legal and contractual issues in BIM, discuss their findings; John Eynon looks back at the evolution of the UK BIM Alliance; and David Philp of i3 by Aecom examines the value of dashboarding in gaining insight from construction data

We also have Iain Miskimmin of Bentley Systems on how BIM can be used to define criticality, vulnerability and risk to inform better decision making; a look at the work of the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre; and a fascinating piece from Arup’s Guglielmo Carra on the construction of the Europe’s first concrete 3D printed house. There’s all this and much more, so here’s a selection of articles to get your teeth into.

  1. The Winfield Rock Report on BIM: Help your legal advisers help you

The Winfield Rock Report, published in cooperation with the UK BIM Alliance, examines understanding of the legal and contractual issues surrounding BIM and aims to provide clarity so all parties know where they stand. Authors May Winfield and Sarah Rock discuss its key points.

  1. UK BIM Alliance: The end of the beginning!

The UK BIM Alliance was launched in October 2016 to unite the industry around the BIM Level 2 agenda, fuelled by hope, faith, the need for leadership and a voice – and a passion for a digitally transformed industry. Founding board member and engagement lead John Eynon looks back at its progress.

  1. BIM and building services: You’re doing it wrong

How many buildings are suffering from inefficient performance and unnecessary costs because they rely on design preconceptions rather than actually analysing how key systems and building services work? Carl Collins of CIBSE and MagiCAD’s Rob Harmer examine what’s going wrong.

  1. Better storytelling with construction data and analytics

“Hey data! Is my project on schedule?” Data science is becoming a key characteristic of competitive advantage for construction organisations. However, turning data into information, and then into meaningful insight, can be a real challenge. David Philp of i3 by AECOM takes a look.

  1. How to engage in a BIM project

There is much rhetoric surrounding BIM and this only seeks to add curiosity and confusion in equal measures. This prompts many people to ask: “How do I engage in a BIM project?” Mike Shilton, chair of the Landscape Institute Digital Practice Group, addresses this rather loaded question.

  1. BIM: The elephant in the room

A lot of people say they ‘do’ BIM. But what does that really mean? Niraj Mistry, senior BIM assessor at Stroma Certification, says BIM is actually about joining the dots through engagement and collaboration.

  1. How the Construction Scotland Innovation Centre is helping companies adopt BIM

The Construction Scotland Innovation Centre provides a wide range of support to help businesses through their BIM journey. Skills and training manager Lisa Deane discusses what’s on offer.

  1. EU’s first 3D printed house points the way to a more sustainable construction industry

The first concrete 3D printed house in the EU has been revealed in Milan as part of the Salone del Mobile 2018. Guglielmo Carra, Europe materials consulting lead at Arup, takes a look at this groundbreaking project.

  1. Why technology is the key to inspiring the industry’s next generation

More than anything else, we have come to associate the younger generations with technology – be it smartphones, social media or video games. When we look ahead to the next generation of construction industry leaders, we therefore need more than anything to capitalise on young people’s interest in tech, says Nick Conway of ITC Concepts.

  1. Why BIM is here to stay

April marked the two-year anniversary of BIM Level 2 mandate, yet industry reports suggest that the adoption of BIM remains slow. However, Lucy Abbott, BIM director of Wates Group, believes the benefits of BIM for design teams, clients and end users mean it is here to stay.


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