BIM Today September 2021

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Welcome to the September edition of BIM Today, which looks at a range of issues, innovations and challenges in the world of BIM and digital construction technology

In our cover story, Dr Anne Kemp OBE, chair of the UK BIM Alliance, discusses a new report commissioned by the Centre for Digital Built Britain looking at the value of information management in construction and its role in realising the national digital twin.

We also look at the latest policy paper from the Building Regulations Advisory Committee working group setting out the definition and principles that will guide the development and implementation of the golden thread of information.

George Stevenson, chair of BIM4Housing, looks at the shifting landscape in housebuilding from “lonely BIM” to the emergence of the golden thread and “Better Information Management”.

Elsewhere, with the global BIM market forecast to grow significantly over the coming years, BIM Today talks to Women in BIM’s Regional Leads in different parts of the globe to hear how the technology is advancing – or otherwise – around the world.

In addition, Jamie Mills and Clare Kovacs of BIM4Water discuss the group’s new Roadmap for the next five years, which sets a strategic pathways for BIM within the UK water sector and its adoption into a national digital twin.

Here’s a selection of what’s in this issue:

  1. Information management: The missing piece of the puzzle

A new report commissioned by the Centre for Digital Built Britain as a partner of the Construction Innovation Hub has highlighted the value of information management in construction and infrastructure. Dr Anne Kemp OBE, chair of the UK BIM Alliance and technical director at Atkins, takes a closer look.

  1. Building safety: Weaving the golden thread of information

A new policy paper from the Building Regulations Advisory Committee has set out the definition and principles that will guide the development and implementation of the golden thread of information, a key recommendation of Dame Judith Hackitt’s Building a Safer Future report.

  1. Lonely BIM: Adoption, engagement and Better Information Management

Despite years of effort to support adoption, BIM has struggled to gain a foothold in the housing sector but BIM4Housing chair George Stevenson believes the last 18 months, the emergence of the “Golden Thread” and a shift from “technology” to “process” through Better Information Management is beginning to change long-held misconceptions about BIM’s potential.

  1. Specifying graphical EIR in BIM projects

Murillo Piazzi, technologist at BIM Academy, examines how to specify graphical Exchange Information Requirements in BIM-enabled projects.

  1. Exploring the global BIM marketplace

With global BIM market forecast to grow significantly over the next few years, Women in BIM’s Regional Leads in Chile, the USA, Greece and Australia discuss how the technology is being adopted in their corner of the world.

  1. BIM4Water publishes 2026 Roadmap

BIM4Water has published its Roadmap for the next five years, defining a strategic pathway forward for BIM within the UK water sector and adoption into a national digital twin

  1. Scaling the AI mountain with multilingual avatars and ultra-pure data lakes

A joint venture between Guildhawk and Hong Kong-based Gammon Construction, supported by the Department for International Trade, aims to harness AI technology to facilitate multilingual information for built assets and link data to newly created digital twins to help create the smart cities of tomorrow.

  1. The rising ransomware threat for construction

Architecture, engineering and construction firms are twice as likely to face ransomware attacks as other industries, according to new research.

  1. BIM-SPEED launches BIM for Building Renovation competition

BIM-SPEED has launched the EU BIM for Building Renovation competition for design and construction professionals and students

  1. The Hickman: Digital twin delivers the ‘world’s smartest building’

The Hickman in London has become the first building in the world to achieve a Platinum rating from SmartScore, the certification scheme for smart buildings.

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