BIM Today September 2019


In BIM Today September 2019, we reveal the results of the Construction Industry Brexit Survey, a major, month-long poll of our readers to gauge the confidence of the architecture, engineering and construction sector about the prospects for the industry once the UK leaves the European Union

The results paint a fascinating picture of how those working in the field, one of the key pillars of the UK economy, at this crucial – and turbulent – time for the country.

Elsewhere, we talk to Sam Stacey, the man leading UKRI’s Transforming Construction Challenge, about how it will drive innovation, what has been achieved so far and the future of BIM.

We also hear from Ayo Sokale, project manager and BIM lead for the Environment Agency, about her BIM journey, a new framework from the EA to foster greater collaboration and how making BIM “sexy” can break down negative perceptions of the technology.

There is much more besides, from Rebecca De Cicco of Women in BIM on the importance of attracting more females to the industry and Jamie Mills on the work of BIM4Water to digital twins for cities, drones, 5G, smart technology in offices and how AI could help to transform the way we estimate construction costs.

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

  1. The Construction Industry Brexit Survey: The results

How confident are you about the outlook for the British construction industry post-Brexit? That was the question we posed to our readers over the course of August. We received hundreds of responses from people working across the architecture, engineering and construction sectors – and the results are in.

  1. Transforming Construction: Driving innovation

Sam Stacey, challenge director, UKRI Transforming Construction, talks to BIM Today about why he took on the role, the key aims of the Transforming Construction Challenge and the future of precision manufacturing and offsite construction.

  1. Collaboration, challenges and making BIM “sexy”

Institution of Civil Engineers President’s Future Leader alumni and project manager and BIM lead for the Environment Agency, Ayo Sokale, shares how its new Collaborative Delivery Framework is adopting BIM as business as usual.

  1. Building smarter cities with digital twins

BIM Today talks to Robert Mankowski, vice-president of digital cities at Bentley Systems, about how digital twins can help to plan, design, build and operate smarter infrastructure.

  1. Women in BIM: Attracting and retaining a more diverse workforce

BIM Today recently spoke with Rebecca De Cicco, the founder of Women in BIM (WiB), about the growing need to encourage more women to join the construction industry.

  1. Building for the future: How 5G will transform construction worksites

Excitement is growing around 5G and the far-reaching impact it will have on the business world and on the construction world in particular. Burcin Kaplanoglu, executive director and innovation officer at Oracle Construction & Engineering, takes a look.

  1. Planning and building the secure smart city

Steven Kenny, industry liaison, architecture and engineering at Axis Communications, discusses the challenges of the smart revolution and the innovation that is needed to create a smarter, safer world.

  1. Shaping the future of construction with digital technology

Melanie Dawson, director of digital construction at GRAHAM, discusses digital construction, BIM and smart ways of working in the construction industry.

  1. The advantages of using smart technologies in commercial buildings

Frankie Bryon, senior sustainability surveyor at Lambert Smith Hampton, discusses why smart technology can help buildings improve on sustainability as well as introduce other benefits such as promoting health and wellbeing and enabling agile working.

  1. Smarter infrastructure: Multi-sensing structural health monitoring to improve decision-making for masonry arch bridges

Sam Cocking, a PhD student at the Centre for Smart Infrastructure & Construction working under the supervision of Prof Matthew DeJong, reports on a structural health monitoring project in collaboration with AECOM and Network Rail, which is bringing smart innovation to a heritage asset.


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