BIM Conference 2017 – Morning highlights

conference morning

This is the eighth year of the annual BIM Conference held at Coombe Abbey in Warwickshire. Over sixty delegates attended to learn more about BIM with the Conference agenda offering unbiased guidance on how openBIM in particular is used on projects.

The Cloisters Room offered stunning baroque interiors, tall feature windows, original plaster mouldings and enormous fireplace formed the backdrop for the morning Conference.

The first speaker Fiona Moore who is well-known in the BIM space as a BIM Consultant, Lecturer, Director of Cirrus CS and also the Level 2 Programme Co-ordinator at Digital Built Britain. Fiona commented that BIM was all about the data but at the same time there was a fine balance with managing clients. As several delegates connected afterwards, the issue was where BIM was requested on the project but the client had no knowledge of understanding of BIM and failed to see its value. Fiona explained that there was a project to collect case studies and quantity the benefits of the BIM. Everyone was keen to see these case studies and share with clients – watch this space as we’ll share as soon as they’re available.

“Thoroughly enjoyed the conference and workshops – they provided the opportunity to discuss topics with like minded individuals”

Rob Jackson, Associate Director at Bond Bryan Digital provided examples of several projects, but what really interested delegates was his Lego project. He’s spent over two and a half years creating a two-storey building in Lego and recording all aspects of the project related to the BIM process. Bond Bryan Digital have used the logo case study to explain the benefits of recording the data and illustrating how data works. One fascinating fact was that the Lego kit was over £120 to buy but the individual pieces could have been purchased for around £70, although the box and instructions weren’t included in this!

As we’re surrounded by data and different systems, one issue is managing and storing the data. Nick Hutchinson who original trained as a computer scientist and worked in the construction industry for 13 years worked with Steve Rukuts, a software engineering professional and they observed issues in building projects where data was stored in different places, documents and data were in different formats and not everyone in the project had access to all systems. To resolve this, they co- founded GliderBIM and developed an online data environment to manage all data and ensure it was available in all formats. Just 18 months after launching the business they have an impressive client list as more companies realise the benefit of easier data access.

“Extremely informative and a lot of food for thought and discussion”

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

reality and how this can be applied in projects. By demonstrating the sensation of actually being inside a building prior to hand over makes VR a powerful tool for communicating design intent. A VR viewer was handed out to each delegate in readiness for the afternoon workshop on VR. Those with a smartphone with gyroscope where able to fully participate and experience the sensation of actually being inside a building prior to hand over.