BIM Conference 2017 – Main presentations

Returning for a eighth successive year on Thursday 21 September, the BIM Conference 2017 offered clear, accurate and unbiased guidance on how openBIM is used on projects. Below are the main presentations from knowledgeable speakers in their field with the BIM Conference 2017 focusing on the practical support available, enabling businesses across the Construction Industry to move from theory to reality.

BIM Conference 2017 – Morning Presentations

BIM for Clients – The Why, What and How (Fiona Moore, Cirrus Consultant Services)

What does a client have to do if they want to benefit from BIM, especially if they don’t have internal BIM expertise? This presentation covered:

  • Why. What problems might a client be trying to solve?
  • What. What should the Client be asking for ?
  • How. How to ask for what you want and how to make sure you get it.

LEGO Architecture meets BIM (Rob Jackson, Bond Bryan Architects)

Bond Bryan Digital have published a number of blog pieces over the past year or so, about the Villa Savoye LEGO Architecture set. LEGO has been used as a medium to explain some of the core concepts and outputs of BIM underpinned by open standards and industry formats such as IFC, COBie and BCF.

This session explained the background to this project as well as a LIVE demonstration using a number of software solutions and devices to explain how even a child’s toy can be turned into BIM!

Effective collaboration, quality control and use of asset data (Nick Hutchinson, Glider Technology)

The Information Manager has a key role in setting up and managing the Common Data Environment (CDE).  The CDE is critical for effective collaboration, quality control and use of asset data. Nick will illustrate how an Industry Foundation Class (IFC) model server; allows you to import models, validate, merge, enrich their content and export asset data.

Virtual Reality in Architecture and Design (Scott Berry, Applecore Designs)

The emergence of virtual reality applications for architecture is becoming an integral part not just of presenting a design, but the BIM process too.

For many design-led industries, the biggest challenge is often convincing the client. By demonstrating the sensation of actually being inside a building prior to hand over makes VR a powerful tool for communicating design intent.

BIM Conference 2017 – Afternoon Workshops

BIMcloud: Working as a Team

BIMcloud provides a platform for collaboration on projects within the office and over the Internet. Multiple team members efficiently work on a single model, dramatically reducing the amount of data being transferred. This session explained how a team can simultaneously work on a “Virtual Building”, with instant element reservation and communication tools.

Information Management and Model Checking

Bond Bryan Digital have been working as Information Manager on a new £170million laboratory building for the University of Cambridge. In this session they share how they are tackling this role to manage and deliver high quality digital information. In particular, this session will explain Bond Bryan’s approach to model checking using Solibri at the heart of an openBIM process.

Level of Definition and Objects

A building information model contains both graphical and non-graphical information, accurately linked, clearly defined and well structured. As stages progress and proposals develop, the graphical and non-graphical data builds in a shared digital space. This session will provide an overview of the term “Level of Definition” with reference to objects, and managing and accessing data.

Mobile Communication and Virtual Reality (VR)

VR enables better understanding of design requirements before the foundations are laid, reducing waste, cost, and misunderstanding. This session was based on a CPD approved course outlining the virtual building concept and model-based project workflow, mobile communication, and VR. A VR viewer was provided to those attending, for use with a smartphone with gyroscope to participate.

For detailed instructions, including direct links to the required apps and free example project files to download, please visit

Pre and Post Contract BIM Execution Plans

This workshop looked at Pre and Post Contract BIM Execution Plans (BEP) and explained what they should contain. Delegates left with a better understanding of how to structure a BEP and what it should include.

Additionally, it included real life examples of poor clauses within BIM execution plans, and how to spot and deal with the scope gaps.

BIM protocols: What are they? Do we need them? What should they contain?

This workshop considered the function of BIM protocols in project documentation. It considered the relationship of the BIM protocol with other project documentation such as construction contracts and consultant appointments. It also considered the relationship of the BIM protocol with other BIM specific documentation such as Pre and Post Contract BIM Execution Plans.