BIM Today June 2020

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In the June edition of BIM Today, with the UK still in lockdown due to Covid-19, this issue takes a look forward to a future hopefully not too far away as we return to some kind of normal

Ray Lang of the Construction Innovation Hub discusses the idea of value in construction and argues that the current crisis also represents a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for the industry to change for the better and embrace truly value-based decision-making.

We also hear from Samuel Chorlton, chair of the Centre for Digital Built Britain’s Digital Twin Hub, about the hub’s work to build a digital twin community, as well as the skills and knowledge required to successfully deliver digital twins in practice.

Elsewhere, we take a look at the Innovate UK-funded AEC Delta Mobility project, which is nearing completion of a new industry standard on data sharing that will allow project teams to livestream design changes to 3D models rather than sharing large files over and over.

There is much more. Peter Barker of BIM Academy argues that digital buy-in will be crucial to tackling climate change and closing the performance gap, while Karthik Venkatasubramanian of Oracle Construction & Engineering explains how construction firms can capitalise on their data and Rebecca De Cicco highlights Women in BIM’s new Mentoring Scheme.

There’s also a selection of case studies showing BIM and digital twins in action, from a light rail extension in Bergen, Norway, to a state-of-the-art hospital in Finland, a new school in Swindon, Wiltshire and the £46m Arts & Humanities building at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Here’s a selection of what’s inside June’s BIM Today:

  1. Construction, Covid-19 and forging a new understanding of value

Ron Lang of the Construction Innovation Hub says the sector’s recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic must herald a permanent shift in construction’s approach to value.

  1. DT Hub: Bringing together the digital twin community

Following the official launch of the Centre for Digital Built Britain’s Digital Twin Hub, Samuel Chorlton, chair of the DT Hub, considers the competencies, skills and cultural changes integral to the successful adoption of digital twins.

  1. Improving construction’s resilience and productivity for the post-pandemic world

For many, the focus right now is on staying operational but even when the pandemic passes, it’s unlikely that we will return to the old ways of working. Mike Pettinella, EMEA director of Autodesk Construction Solutions, says embracing digital transformation can boost productivity right now, and benefit firms in the long term.

  1. Setting a new industry standard for data sharing

The Innovate UK-funded AEC Delta Mobility project is nearing completion of a new industry standard that will allow designers, integrators and fabricators to livestream design changes to 3D models instead of sharing large files over and over again.

  1. Digital buy-in needed to address climate emergency

How can construction mitigate carbon emissions, address climate change and close the building performance gap? The answer could be to go digital, says Peter Barker, managing director of BIM Academy.

  1. How construction firms can capitalise on their data

You have data – here’s what to do with it, says Karthik Venkatasubramanian, vice-president of data and analytics at Oracle Construction & Engineering.

  1. Women in BIM launches Mentoring Scheme

Women in BIM’s new Mentoring Scheme aims to improve gender equality in the built environment by nurturing the skills of women in construction and infrastructure roles around the world.

  1. Finland’s Hospital Nova uses VR to involve staff in building design

Innovative processes have been used in the co-design of Finland’s new Hospital Nova using BIM models and involving over 350 staff.

  1. Digital twins prove game-changer for Bergen’s light rail extension

Digital twins and advanced BIM processes helped 18 disciplines across five different countries to coordinate a new light rail extension in Bergen, Norway, while reducing costs and cutting construction errors by 25%.

  1. BIM shapes MMU’s new School of Arts & Humanities

Manchester Metropolitan University appointed Morgan Sindall Construction to deliver its new flagship £46m Arts & Humanities building using advanced digital construction modelling tools.

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