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The six stages of the smart city challenge for local government

Recent research suggests that local government needs to pass through six stages in their journey to smart city status, as John Fox, Managing Director of Lucy Zodion describes.

Smart cities are not a priority for councils

New research has revealed smart cities are not deemed a strategic priority for the majority of local authorities across the UK Leading designer and manufacturer of streetlighting equipment Lucy Zodion has released new research highlighting how many councils are not pushing a smart city agenda. The research showed there are barriers...

Open innovations for smart city futures

Jesus Villasante, Head of Unit for Net Innovation for the European Commission, DG Connect hails the development of new smart city applications… The largest event dedicated to smart cities, the Smart City Expo World Congress was held from the 17th to 19th November last year in Barcelona. Jesus Villasante was...

The EU Urban Agenda for our cities of tomorrow

European Parliament MEP, Lambert van Nistelrooij outlines why cities are the engine for economic growth and are integral for the EU Urban Agenda...   Cities have the future. While the regions in Europe always had the ‘first’ attention from Brussels, the spotlights nowadays have to be on the cities as well....

Tekla Launches Structural Designer

A Powerful New Way for Engineers to Analyse and Design Buildings… Tekla, a Trimble company, announced it has added a product to its portfolio, Tekla Structural Designer; a dedicated analysis and design software for structural engineers working on commercial building projects. Tekla Structural Designer complements Tekla Structures – extending the...

First 12 months sees widespread use of NBS BIM Object Standard

It’s just over a year since the NBS launched its BIM Object Standard. The first of its kind in the world, the Standard defines clear requirements against which all BIM objects can be assessed, what constitutes a quality BIM object and provides the foundations for a consistent approach that...

BIM and re-thinking conventional practice

Richard Shennan, Chair of ACE BIM Engagement and Support Group muses on re-thinking the boundaries between consulting engineers and contractors – a key step in realising the benefits of BIM The way in which people with varied and complementary skills come together to enable the creation of built assets has...

SpecifiedBy: Taking the Building Regulations Online

The team at SpecifiedBy recently converted the Building Regulations Approved Documents for England & Wales into web format. Founder Darren Lester talks through some of the benefits of this format… At the beginning of 2015 we set out to convert the Building Regulations Approved Documents into a format that would...

Product data templates for manufacturers

The initiative by CPA, BIM4M2, CIBSE and NBS to align their work on product data templates is a welcome move. Manufacturers already have lots of product information and want to be able to organise it in a form that will satisfy the needs of Level 2 BIM. In this...

Knowledge transformation for BIM implementation

At The Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) 5th BIM conference, Nathan Baker, Director of Engineering Knowledge for ICE set out how we can transform our industry by transforming our knowledge… Following on from the announcement from Terry Stocks, Level 2 BIM Delivery Director at BIS (Department for Business Innovation and...

2025 vision – a construction industry for the future

Nick Nisbet, Technical Coordinator for buildingSMART UKI details how the UK can meet the vision set out in the Construction 2025 strategy… Our industry’s vision of 2025 includes four stark ambitions: 33% lower costs, 50% lower emissions, 50% faster delivery and 50% improvement in the import/export balance. But these are...

Getting a structured BIM Strategy

In 2011 the UK Government Construction Strategy mandated the use of Level 2 BIM on all public sector projects by 2016. Recently the promotors of this initiative declared that this bold decision, which led to government and the construction industry working together, was a success, since it contributed to...

BIM – is infrastructure an exception?

Nick Nisbet examines how we ensure that infrastructure doesn’t get left behind in the BIM journey… The lorries took the ‘B of the Bang’ sculpture away. Perhaps they should have also taken the B of the BIM. Is BIM exceptional? It is simply sharable, structured asset information. It isn’t about a...

BIMReview: Putting BIM to work

Building Information Modelling (BIM) has fast become an essential in today’s construction industry. The challenge faced by management teams now is to integrate the vast amount of data available in the most useful, accessible way, so that it can support effective decision making. Back in the 1980s, StruMIS LTD, formerly...