BIM Strategy http://bimstrategyltd.com BIM Strategy provide cutting edge BIM knowledge and services to a wide range of companies in a variety of different sectors within the AEC industry Fri, 17 Nov 2017 14:42:26 +0000 en-GB hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.3 In Defence of the Term ‘BIM’ http://bimstrategyltd.com/blog/defence-term-bim/ http://bimstrategyltd.com/blog/defence-term-bim/#respond Thu, 16 Nov 2017 17:28:54 +0000 http://bimstrategyltd.com/?p=4276 In his latest article for BIM+ John Adams and Dan Rossiter of BRE argue in defence of the term ‘BIM’. ‘Is the ‘BIM’ word passe? Certainly not, say longstanding BIM champions and frequent contributors to CM and BIM+ John Adams and Dan Rossiter. While our industry is striving towards collaborative working and better information management processes, […]

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In his latest article for BIM+ John Adams and Dan Rossiter of BRE argue in defence of the term ‘BIM’.

‘Is the ‘BIM’ word passe? Certainly not, say longstanding BIM champions and frequent contributors to CM and BIM+ John Adams and Dan Rossiter.

While our industry is striving towards collaborative working and better information management processes, something strange has happened – Building Information Modelling (BIM) has become something of an unfashionable word.

There is a growing number of professionals within our industry waving the flag of an anti-BIM movement. This is because the once dominant and revolutionary buzzword has grown to mean so much it can mean almost nothing at times in the eyes of some.

However, not everyone is in a rush to leave this acronym behind. We would argue that BIM needs to keep its place in the construction lexicon to support our journey to the digital industry we know we must evolve into.

John Adams – Director of BIM Strategy

Whilst I share the frustration of many that BIM has become the byword for anything digital in our industry within certain circles, I believe the rush away from the term only serves to benefit a tiny fraction of our industry while abandoning a huge majority who are nowhere near using BIM Level 2 as part of their day-to-day work.

Removing the headline act of nearly a decade of constant publications, events and investment is akin to pulling up the ladder on the BIM treehouse – if you’re not in already you’re no longer welcome.

The construction industry has a long and deep supply chain and many businesses I meet are only just becoming aware that BIM is something to do with 3D models. Those already in the treehouse know it’s more about process than it is about models, but there are literally millions of people who work in our industry who don’t know this, and redefining the rules of the game will, without doubt, make the UK BIM Alliance’s work to make BIM business as usual by 2020 even more ambitious than it already is.

Rather than looking for a new tagline for our conferences and leading-edge working groups, we need to reclaim BIM, and turn up the volume on the consistent messages we’ve refined over the last few years.

BIM Level 2 is well defined, deliverable and doesn’t need to involve replacing all of your IT kit and employing a whizz kid who can use a highly specific piece of software. Everyone in the know should be telling their contacts to visit the official website for BIM Level 2 (www.bim-level2.org), and explaining the business value of starting their journey to a digitally collaborative way of working.

We’ve got a lot of people to educate and engage, and BIM has been one of the most successful verbal hooks we’ve invented since CAD or CDM. BIM is our word and it’s brilliant, and at a time where DE, VDC, IPD, AI, IoT and many others are emerging, BIM needs our help to reinforce its meaning and relevance on the digital journey we’re all on together.

Dan Rossiter – Senior BIM communicator, BRE

When we discuss our (special) relationship with America it is often said that we are divided by a common language. However, you don’t need to go across the pond to see this level of division. It might be what you call a bread bap, local youths, or even BIM.

Recently there has been a lot of negative press around the use of this three-letter acronym. Many call it too broad, undefined, or not fit for purpose. To those people, I say you are wrong.

BIM in the UK has always been about one thing: improving how information is managed to inform decisions, reduce risk and deliver better assets. This can be seen clearly by checking the introduction to PAS 1192-2 which gives the “fundamentals of BIM Level 2”.

In brief: Own what you produce and reference the work of others, define requirements, assess the supply chain, provide a platform to share information, agree methods, follow those methods, deliver digital outputs. That’s it. None of this digital engineering, smart cities, drones, photo telemetry, real-time analytics, Internet of Things, or generative design. Just good old-fashioned quality assurance. Even at ISO, the preferred BIM definition is simply using digital information to make better decisions:

“Building Information Modelling (BIM): use of a shared digital representation of a built object (including buildings, bridges, roads, process plants, etc.) to facilitate design, construction and operation processes to form a reliable basis for decisions. ISO 29481-1.”

Don’t get me wrong, there is a world much bigger than BIM out there; it is only a small piece of our larger digital puzzle. The UK’s Digital Built Britain Strategy encompasses BIM as well as the other digital facets to facilitate the UK in making “fully computerised construction the norm”. Each facet has its own role to play.

As convenor of terminology at ISO regarding construction information, I have two roles when it comes to terms and definitions: Help define new terms and prevent synonyms from appearing.

If we are just going to replace BIM with another term then we are not going to learn from our mistakes and all we will achieve is poisoning the next well.

However, if we instead embrace BIM as a term that is limited to its original purpose, then we can draw a clear distinction and focus less on what we call it, and more on how we deliver it.

Conclusion

When “millennials” was first coined there was a battle to name it, which took years to resolve. A myriad of names was suggested – Generation Y, the MTV Generation, Echo Boomers. A similar concept is being reflected in digital construction currently. Be it communities, institutions, or individuals, there is a value attached to being the one who defines our future. However, there is a real risk of throwing the baby out with the bathwater in doing so when it comes to BIM.

BIM is the foundation of our digital change movement. Without it, our shift to a digitally built Britain, and our ability to lead global digital adoption will be lacking a fundamental element to success – a defined structure.

The sooner construction puts BIM back in its rightful place as one of the most clearly defined and adoptable change agents today, we may be able to put the race to name it to bed, and really start taking advantage of BIM.’

Check out John Adams’ previous article in BIM+

 

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Digital Transformation, My Inner-Monkhouse http://bimstrategyltd.com/blog/digital-transformation-inner-monkhouse/ http://bimstrategyltd.com/blog/digital-transformation-inner-monkhouse/#respond Tue, 17 Oct 2017 15:31:23 +0000 http://bimstrategyltd.com/?p=4216 by John Adams I recently had the pleasure of hosting Digital Transformation, an event at Teesside University to promote the regional approach to replacing traditional heavy industry with digital industry.  Digital City has been leading the digital charge in the Tees Valley and made this event possible; thankfully the working title of Digital Smoggies was weeded […]

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by John Adams

I recently had the pleasure of hosting Digital Transformation, an event at Teesside University to promote the regional approach to replacing traditional heavy industry with digital industry.  Digital City has been leading the digital charge in the Tees Valley and made this event possible; thankfully the working title of Digital Smoggies was weeded out along the way.  I’ve gained a reputation as the digitally disruptive equivalent to Bob Monkhouse* for this type of thing through my involvement in the Tees Valley Digital Strategy Board, so when Digital City asked me to get involved I was happy to help.

When I arrived, I had well-rehearsed introduction ready for a room full of SMEs who were early in their digital journey;  but a quick look at the attendee list I realised it was the wrong vibe.  As a 15 strong architectural practice and digital construction consultancy,  I was there as one of the smallest businesses, and those in the room were certainly not looking to me to ease them into a digital era.  Time to panic because all prep was wasted.  No chance.  It was time to miss the sausage sandwiches, make a few notes and channel my inner-Monkhouse…

The room was full of petrochem, engineering and oil and gas giants,  all of which have so many issues which align to the challenges construction have been addressing on the subject of information management.  No client requirements, C-suite buy-in to data, people wanting to play with IIOT, VR and AI before they have established a foundation or formed a shared ontology. The progress we have made in construction since the mandate came into sharp focus as those in industries without a government mandate were clambering for one, and the same discussions we all had  – around 2012 about how national mandates conflict with international business  – filled the conversation in the panel discussion.

We had a great conversation, with an engaged audience who I’m sure got plenty out of hearing the thoughts from some really innovative businesses, as well as the academic angle from Professor Nash Dawood.   After this event, I headed to Digital Construction Week with renewed rigour about how well we have done over the last decade and ready to roll my sleeves up and help the UK BIM Alliance make this great work stick for the whole industry.  It was a truly great event this year and you can read some of my thoughts on BIM+ here, however, my choice of attire drew more comparisons to Phil Collins than Bob Monkhouse. I digress; for it’s back now it’s back to Tees Valley business…

 

Free BIM workshop

I’ve teamed up with Teesside Univesity and Digital City to deliver on a subject where I don’t have to trade on my game show hosting skillset.  BIM.  Back in my comfort zone helping local businesses gain an understanding of what BIM means to them, how they can benefit and where the risks lie.  We’re delivering a half day BIM workshop, and thanks to Digital City, there will be the opportunity for a number of attendees to receive one to one BIM consultancy with BIM Strategy after the event.  So if you are a local construction business who want to know more about BIM, sign up here to come along for FREE.   Or, if you have any supply chain partners who are based in the Tees Valley,  please pass this along as I’m keen to pack the place to the rafters and make sure we upskill as many people as we possibly can and make to sure the other industries in the region continue to look longingly at how well we are progressing along our digital journey.

See you there!

John (AKA- #BIMMonkhouse #CollinsBIM).

[*Bob Monkhouse is a cast iron legend and if people find me even half as engaging as the great man himself I’ll be truly delighted and humbled]

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Teesside – home to leading tech cluster http://bimstrategyltd.com/blog/teesside-home-to-leading-tech-cluster/ http://bimstrategyltd.com/blog/teesside-home-to-leading-tech-cluster/#respond Tue, 17 Oct 2017 09:58:17 +0000 http://bimstrategyltd.com/?p=4224 BIM Strategy Director, John Adams, is hosting a panel session today at the ‘Digital Transformation’ event at Teesside University. Digital transformation is emerging as a driver of sweeping change in the world around us. Traditionally Teesside is seen as the home of heavy industry: but, what most people are unaware of is that it is also home to a leading cluster […]

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BIM Strategy Director, John Adams, is hosting a panel session today at the ‘Digital Transformation’ event at Teesside University.

Digital transformation is emerging as a driver of sweeping change in the world around us. Traditionally Teesside is seen as the home of heavy industry: but, what most people are unaware of is that it is also home to a leading cluster of companies and tech that service these ‘traditional’ heavy industries.

Innovate Tees Valley, together with Digital City, are hosting ‘Digital Transformation’ to make people aware of the knowledge, skills and technology that already exists in the region as well as provide an opportunity to learn how to create new value and revenue from the digital asset.

In addition to the panel session facilitated by John and panellists Datum360, Kraken IM, Aveva, and Digatex there are presentations from companies who are leading the way in information management for the industrial sector areas. The event opens with a presentation on the BIM journey from Teesside University academic Professor Nash Dawood.

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/digital-transformation-registration-37694430055

 

 

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COBie – have it your way. http://bimstrategyltd.com/blog/cobie-have-it-your-way/ http://bimstrategyltd.com/blog/cobie-have-it-your-way/#respond Tue, 10 Oct 2017 12:42:23 +0000 http://bimstrategyltd.com/?p=4217   There’s been a lot of talk about COBie lately, and even though its structure, use and application are well defined and many projects are getting down to business delivering COBie, it is still undeniably divisive. On reflection, maybe the mandate has made people rush into working out how to deliver data in this way, […]

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There’s been a lot of talk about COBie lately, and even though its structure, use and application are well defined and many projects are getting down to business delivering COBie, it is still undeniably divisive. On reflection, maybe the mandate has made people rush into working out how to deliver data in this way, rather than fully considering why it matters.  This reactive approach has led to a significant amount of misinformation, concern, waste and even annoyance at delivering what is mainly the same information as usual, but in a more structured way.

Now, those of you who’ve worked with me before or read my work, know I like a bit of allegory and analogy to add colour to BIM.  As much as I love my chosen specialism, including its mythology of acronyms and new technologies, I know not everyone who needs to adopt BIM will share my passion; nor should they need to on our journey to business as usual.  So, indulge me another ramble, and hopefully, it will help explain why I believe COBie not only matters but is exactly the right approach for construction to start delivering collaborative, structured data.

I’m assuming you’ve been to Burger King, or similar places where a glowing menu hangs above a team ready to add something hot and tasty to you journey up the A1, or wherever you are.  Have you ever noticed how all of these outlets have taken the same approach? Buy a burger it costs X, get it with a standard drink and some chips you’ll get a discount. But start messing about and creating a bespoke order your discount evaporates and your cheap meal starts looking overpriced.  This is all because the restaurant is geared up to deliver one burger, one chips, and one drink to 90+% of the customers, and in return for dancing to their beat you get a predictable meal all over the globe for about a fiver.  These menus are the schema of choice for fast food, the restaurants are designed and the teams are trained to deliver this way making the whole process very lean. It’s not perfect for all occasions, but it is very compelling.

COBie is our menu format, not because the government chose it, but because it is the only one out there that appreciates the complexity of buildings, but has a lean enough structure to enable handover to FM.  Spaces, assets and maintenance information are our burger, fries, and fizzy pop.

Despite the fast food menu fitting a model, there is a lot of choice and flexibility, COBie also offers a lot of scope, but always within defined parameters. We should accept that COBie is our first step on our path to an efficient delivery model and to gear ourselves up to deliver this efficiently as a team, rather than simply trying to bolt it onto our existing model.  We should be able to find the processes to reduce our handover costs by delivering in a reusable and predictable way as well as making the transition into operation for our clients much easier than before.  We’re not there yet, and this is why the successes we are seeing are often reliant on a superstar information manager going beyond the call of duty working with highly driven teams determined to make BIM work.

Those who point to COBie itself as a problem aren’t on the right track in my opinion.  The issues lie in the fact we haven’t yet implemented an industry-wide approach to delivering COBie in a slick way.  However, the BIM level 2 process was delivered to facilitate this and remove barriers, so it’s time to train our teams, appoint great information managers, and really understand what data our clients want and how it fits into the COBie schema.  Then and only then can we start defining what our data kitchens need to look like to deliver competitive advantage.

If I’ve whetted your appetite for changing your perspective on COBie,  I suggest you read this article from the irrepressible Bill East, who together with his team has spent over a decade creating the COBie standard http://www.bimplus.co.uk/people/cobie-getting-down-basics/.

 

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BIM: OUT OF CHAOS WE’RE MAKING DIGITAL EXCELLENCE http://bimstrategyltd.com/blog/bim-chaos-making-digital-excellence/ http://bimstrategyltd.com/blog/bim-chaos-making-digital-excellence/#respond Fri, 21 Jul 2017 08:45:37 +0000 http://bimstrategyltd.com/?p=4203 In his latest article for BIM+, John Adams uses chaos theory to shed light on where the UK is on its ‘BIM journey’. ‘If BIM is so simple then why is it so difficult? asks John Adams, director of BIM at consultant BIM Strategy. I’ve heard more than once that so-called BIM experts are deliberately […]

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In his latest article for BIM+, John Adams uses chaos theory to shed light on where the UK is on its ‘BIM journey’.

‘If BIM is so simple then why is it so difficult? asks John Adams, director of BIM at consultant BIM Strategy.

I’ve heard more than once that so-called BIM experts are deliberately making things complicated to make work for themselves – why else would something so simple be so complex in practice?

Things are getting messy, despite a community of wonderful folk from across our industry working exceptionally hard to simplify and improve our processes and project outcomes.

The breadth of subject matter, from the micro to the macro, is showing that the process of trying to bring order to the construction industry through the application of BIM is becoming chaotic.

Luckily, there is more established theory around chaos than BIM, and comfort and knowledge can be drawn from chaos theory to help us along the journey to BIM becoming business as usual.

Chaos is when “the present determines the future, but the approximate present does not approximately determine the future”, said Edward Lorenz, one of the pioneers of chaos theory.

If PAS 1192-2 describes a process that most of us agree is a better and pretty logical approach to delivering a project information model, then why isn’t it straightforward?

One possible answer is found when you see the current construction industry model as an eco-system that has found a relatively comfortable balance over the last 50 or so years.

With hundreds of BIM enthusiasts and detractors piling energy into the system, the only mathematical outcome is that all of the current standards and processes will be ripped clause from clause until they can be broken down no further and a new and balance found. The chaotic pendulum shows how adding a simple new component to a balanced system creates chaos.

We have entered a very dynamic stage of our digitisation journey. Without delving too deep into the science, the more energy we expend in trying to bring order, the more chaotic things become, up to point where we have caused so much chaos there is no more to be found.

At this point we’ll reach a new and defined norm, but only when all of the analogue processes have been disrupted. It’s a lot of ground to cover and when you’re in the middle of it all it can look hectic and intimidating.

Imagine the construction industry is a pan of water, all three million of us, our projects and our processes all in the pot together. BIM, or the digital construction agenda as a whole, is the heat we are applying by way of the mandate, BIM champions, new technology, case studies, Twitter discussion, column inches and everything else.

As we heat things up we get bubbles and steam. Until we’ve boiled all of the water and collected all of the steam, and allowed it to reconsolidate we are destined to have chaos. It’s more than a little frustrating, but it is inevitable so let’s make use of our chaos.

Remember that water, grains and chaos are required to create Scotch whisky. The distilleries can’t control the order in which water molecules turn to steam when they add heat, but they can control everything else.

The UK BIM Alliance is now taking control of the tangibles and is turning up the heat, at least for Level 2, and everyone with the knowledge to help control these variables will be needed.

As much as the analogy with the car industry and BIM has been doing the rounds for a number of years, and there’s both truth and wisdom in it, we have often taken the wrong slant: “They’ve done it, why haven’t we?”

Simply put, their journey had less scope for chaos. A car is better defined than a built asset, so they had less water to boil. One thing we can definitely learn from their digitisation is that those who tried to shortcut the digitisation process, like Rover, are gone: those who embraced the challenge, like Toyota, have thrived.

We need to acknowledge our chaos. Own our chaos. Not let our chaos distract us from the goal…….from the new norm of digital excellence.’

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Embracing the #euBIMhandbook http://bimstrategyltd.com/blog/embracing-the-eubimhandbook/ http://bimstrategyltd.com/blog/embracing-the-eubimhandbook/#respond Thu, 13 Jul 2017 15:50:12 +0000 http://bimstrategyltd.com/?p=4188 Every now and again you read something and really enjoy it; by all accounts Gone Girl was one of these moments and perhaps that grey book with the red room. I haven’t read either, but I did spend an afternoon this week enjoying the newly published EU BIM Handbook.  Not only was I impressed by […]

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Every now and again you read something and really enjoy it; by all accounts Gone Girl was one of these moments and perhaps that grey book with the red room. I haven’t read either, but I did spend an afternoon this week enjoying the newly published EU BIM Handbook.  Not only was I impressed by the quality and focus,  but I really actively enjoyed it.

The document set out to help public sector procurers from across Europe benefit from the BIM knowledge and experience built up over the last few years.  This was coupled with a desire to avoid a fragmentation of information requirements across the continent which could stifle competition, frustrate companies that cross borders, and most importantly add inefficiency whilst trying to remove it.  Whilst reading I tweeted the best bits, so if you’re looking for a compressed overview, have a look in on the hashtag #euBIMhandbook.

The nagging concern

I always try to take a pragmatic approach to BIM and the much-needed digitisation of our industry, however, I do have nagging concerns about this handbook.  Can we get it to the people who need to read it and will they be willing to take a day off from their public service duties to read it fully?  In a situation with the public purse being tightly constrained, can the influencers justifiably shift their focus to BIM even if they read the handbook and are excited by its approach?  It takes time and resource to move to the model described which departments and authorities are likely to not have.

Unified public sector lead digitisation is a great idea, but the concept of herd immunity must be applied for it to have the impacts mentioned above, in this regard we have to consider the implications of Brexit*.  The UK has decided to take a route that will differ from the EU in many currently unknown ways,  but this may make getting the EU BIM Handbook to get coverage and adoption here at home tricky.  We may risk becoming the BIM equivalent of the the anti-vax movement, even though we have set a great pace at the front of the pack for a number of years, arguably on a global basis.

Imagine a situation where the UK has added a serious amount of work into a collaborative effort to deliver a great handbook, which has built upon the excellent work of the BIM Task Group and the #ukBIMcrew , then because it says EU on the front cover it gets ignored at home?  I hope I’m being overly cynical as there may be people dozens of people across the UK and reading this right now.  However, if my nagging doubt is right then we need to gather round this handbook and actively promote it for the sake of progress.

This is a great piece of work, written in very useful language for it’s intended audience.  Let’s get it out there!

*If you want to hear my personal thoughts on Brexit, it’ll cost you a pint.

 

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A heartbroken disruptor http://bimstrategyltd.com/blog/heartbroken-disruptor/ http://bimstrategyltd.com/blog/heartbroken-disruptor/#respond Thu, 22 Jun 2017 11:00:23 +0000 http://bimstrategyltd.com/?p=4176 I’ve had a busy week at BIM Strategy bringing together a new Building Information Modelling event for Darlington.  I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved for delivering a great #BIMtees17 experience.  However, it was tainted heavily when the tragic events at Grenfell Tower started unfolding the night before the main event. I […]

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I’ve had a busy week at BIM Strategy bringing together a new Building Information Modelling event for Darlington.  I want to take this opportunity to thank everyone involved for delivering a great #BIMtees17 experience.  However, it was tainted heavily when the tragic events at Grenfell Tower started unfolding the night before the main event.

I stepped up to deliver a presentation on the digital future of our construction industry as a wonderful and exciting career option for our youngsters at a time when we have created an environment ready to deliver world-leading innovation here in the UK once again.  This was set against an emerging background where somehow an interaction between our industry and a concrete tower block had vastly reduced its fire safety and lead to a devastating loss of life.  I won’t speculate on how this happened, but I will be bold enough to say this shouldn’t happen in a country which has had fire regulations since 1667.

I’m incredibly passionate about us lifting our game to deliver the architecture and infrastructure our society deserves through digitisation and collaboration, and I’m just one of a growing community of digital disruptors trying to enact change to the whole lifecycle of construction projects.  To see a disaster like this on our watch is frankly devastating.  Despite no personal involvement, I feel genuinely heartbroken that we have let so many people down.

I can do nothing more than pledging my career to improving what we do and how we do it, whilst encouraging and assisting others to up their game too.  By the day I retire I want to be able to say I was part of a construction revolution that removed the possibility of another Grenfell Tower,  as well as creating the diverse, vibrant, socially valuable and innovative construction industry which feels so close to being within reach.

It will take courage and dogged determination to deliver the scale of change required. We need to really believe we can change things.  Let’s rediscover the courageous nature of our British design and construction past, and together we can achieve the incredible.

John.

(This post is my own thoughts may not reflect those of BIM Strategy or Niven Architects)

NB:

Delivering a better industry will take time, buying the charity single to help the victims of the Grenfell Tower fire takes seconds.

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#BIMtees17 – Out with the old http://bimstrategyltd.com/blog/bimtees17-out-with-the-old/ http://bimstrategyltd.com/blog/bimtees17-out-with-the-old/#respond Mon, 19 Jun 2017 15:29:26 +0000 http://bimstrategyltd.com/?p=4135 When the BIM Strategy team decided to set up our own event I have to admit I wasn’t quite sure exactly what I was going to present at the inaugural #BIMtees17.  As one of the serial #ukBIMcrew presenters who’s popped up all over the place, I have years’ worth of knowledge and nonsense rich slides […]

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When the BIM Strategy team decided to set up our own event I have to admit I wasn’t quite sure exactly what I was going to present at the inaugural #BIMtees17.  As one of the serial #ukBIMcrew presenters who’s popped up all over the place, I have years’ worth of knowledge and nonsense rich slides already set up to be dropped into a presentation at short notice.  However, for the birth of a new hashtag, the first BIM ever event in Darlington as far as we know, and with the noticeable change in the wind as BIM adoption powers into its early adopted phase, it was time to click File>New.

New slides. New opportunity. Minor epiphany!

My previous presentations had fallen into a formula that was required to help the concept of BIM cross the chasm to the point where the risk of failure is greatly reduced.

(80% What is BIM? + 15% Why it matters? + 5% How it’s done?) x (Zombie memes + Hobbits)

It’s time to move on from this accidental but successful formula despite one of my career highlights being the deadpan delivery of this slice of gibberish;

“Like all good evil wizards, Saruman loves an Asset Information Models”

A new formula was needed for a much-changed landscape where most people have heard of BIM, but the confusion is now higher than unawareness and the benefits of adopting BIM have become clouded by the hyperbolic marketing of the hundredth dimension of BIM technology.

I decided to go 50% why? and 50% how? and offered up the following advice on how to gain a consistent understanding of the what;

The feedback from the night was great, so now I’m busy downsizing the presentation for this Wednesday’s webinar which is open to all and will give an overview of the #BIMtees17 event and offer the chance to ask me some questions and I’ll do my best to answer them! Sign up here

Catch up with soon

John

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BIM: why and how? http://bimstrategyltd.com/blog/bim-why-and-how/ http://bimstrategyltd.com/blog/bim-why-and-how/#respond Fri, 09 Jun 2017 15:03:25 +0000 http://bimstrategyltd.com/?p=4086 BIM Strategy is now only days away from hosting a BIM focused event for local businesses and we can’t wait! I’ve been quite a prolific presenter in recent years because I’m genuinely passionate about driving industry change. When asked to discuss a particular subject within the BIMosphere I prepare hard, travel to wherever, and give […]

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BIM Strategy is now only days away from hosting a BIM focused event for local businesses and we can’t wait!

I’ve been quite a prolific presenter in recent years because I’m genuinely passionate about driving industry change. When asked to discuss a particular subject within the BIMosphere I prepare hard, travel to wherever, and give it my best shot.  This event is different.  Our event is born from my understanding of what the people on our guest list will get the most benefit from, and with the support of Digital City, ICE and the CIOB  we have an opportunity to share a lot of knowledge and make the evening a great success.

Another great thing about the event is that we are holding it in Darlington, not London, not Birmingham, not even Newcastle.   It’s very easy to forget there is a construction industry outside of the big cities, and there’s nothing about BIM that makes it more successful based on geography.  BIM Strategy and our sister business Niven Architects are passionate about the town we work in, and we work with excellent local project partners from across the Tees Valley delivering high-quality projects that often go under the radar.

The much-mooted Geordie BIM Crew is a real phenomenon.  We have a really great blend of skills, tech and academia spread across the region, despite only the Newcastle locals calling themselves Geordies. However, with such a mix of exciting elements, the BIM light burned bright and burned early up here, drawing a lot of attention – a few years ago there were at least a couple of BIM events each week.  With the exception of the all-out BIM bonanza that is BIM Show Live that vibe has fizzled out a little, and it wouldn’t be truthful to say this was because we’ve upskilled to Level 2 across the board.   We decided to see if we could recreate the knowledge sharing vibe and get things cooking again.

We sent the idea out to our contacts a few weeks ago to see if there was still an appetite to attend and support BIM events and were delighted with the positive response and before we knew it we’d nearly filled the biggest space in our building. We’ve even got a guest speaker for George Clarke’s newly formed Ministry Of Building Innovation joining us to share what they are bringing to the region.   If there are any seats left by Monday I’ll put them out on our social media platforms*.

 

*Update.  We have a limited number of seats left head here to sign up here with the password BIMtees17

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Jog on the Tyne http://bimstrategyltd.com/blog/jog-on-the-tyne/ Tue, 07 Feb 2017 16:27:09 +0000 http://www.bimstrategyltd.com/?p=3974 Time for a bit of a confession. I hosted a run around Newcastle to blow away the cobwebs after day 1 of the BIM Show Live homecoming and to offer some of the hospitality my adopted region is famous for. Not many people made it out of bed to join me, but those who did […]

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Time for a bit of a confession. I hosted a run around Newcastle to blow away the cobwebs after day 1 of the BIM Show Live homecoming and to offer some of the hospitality my adopted region is famous for. Not many people made it out of bed to join me, but those who did received what I think was a pretty good run down of the architectural history of Newcastle. I was asked whether I’d been up all night researching, which I hadn’t, but I have had this book on my desk for the bulk of my career. Two of the three authors, Peter and Paul, were tutors on my route to qualifying as an architect, and buying their book seemed like the right thing to do to pay them back for their efforts. As it turns out its excellent and my copy is thoroughly thumbed. But I confess, not all of my knowledge is from my own exploring.

At the request of Duncan Reed, who did brave the early start, I’ve tried to capture some of the best bits from the route.

We started in the Stephenson Quarter, home of Stephenson’s workshop where he built his famous Rocket. We met in the impressive lobby of the new Crowne Plaza and had a good laugh at someone’s expense for bringing his running shoes all the way to Newcastle to stay in bed (you know who you are). We then passed the police station with its mix of double skinned glass façade and refurbished listed buildings which I had the pleasure of working on a few years ago. Heading away from the river we passed Terry Farrell’s Centre for Life, a museum for all the family and the home of all sorts of futuristic genetic experiments which have generated world leading results, but is also to me just a little bit fascinatingly creepy.

Heading north up St James Boulevard shows the strategy of the city, blending old and new by clearing land for adventurous development. There’s a real sense of regeneration in this area, leading up to the enormous football stadium which dominates the skyline with its external steelwork. Taking a right at the foot of the stadium past a well-preserved length of the original city wall and through the Chinese Gate into Stowell Street instantly changed the flavour, and the smell. The restaurants and oriental bakery were already hard at work even at just gone 7am. With hanging lanterns, and a serious enthusiasm for neon signage, Newcastle’s China Town is a vibrant experience at any time.

An unlikely left at some disappointingly placed housing took the route to the historic Blackfriars, a unique city centre medieval monastery which hosts one of world’s oldest dining rooms which serves a great Sunday roast if you’re in town at the weekend. A quick chicane through some narrow back streets and we popped out at The Gates and the backside of Eldon Square shopping centre. Architecturally, we could now be in any city unfortunately, but consumerism isn’t famed for its firmness commodity and delight … moving on… up the bank towards the eclectic mix of Royal Victoria Infirmary buildings. Keeping the route under 5miles, meant a lap of Leazes Park was out of the question. Cutting through the Newcastle University campus, past the wonderful Victorian Hancock Museum, now known as the Great North Museum and tastefully extended and restored by Sir Terry Farrell, into the grounds of the Civic Centre with its unusual seahorse crown, then into Northumbria University Campus; a mix of the old and new like Newcastle University, but has a markedly different approach to space; less Hogwarts, more South Bank.

Under the experimental 1970s Mea House structure and over the much-improved John Dobson Street, took us onto Northumberland Street, and down to Greys Monument entering the heart of the city, then heading down the wide and glorious Grey Street, a winner of ‘Britain’s Best Street ’ home to the Theatre Royal and a whole host of classical architecture before dropping down Dean Street, a steep hill to the Tyne.

Along the famous Quayside, we past our third Greggs on the route so far (for those in the South, Greggs is a North-East pastry based institution with a whopping 31 stores in Newcastle alone) and the quite excellent and architecturally obscure Crown Courts building which kick-started the regeneration of the waterside. One of the later Quayside interventions was next as we crossed the Millenium Bridge over to Gateshead to get up close to the Baltic Gallery and the Norman Foster designed Sage Gateshead concert hall.

Despite my best efforts to not kill any of the BIM crowd off, what goes down must go up, under the iconic Tyne Bridge and up the short but steep Bottle Bank, passing the ancient St Marys Church site with the current 12C church. I was starting to blow a bit on the hill so I barely mentioned this site and it’s history which has been traced back t before the Romans. The Tyne Bridge is much better to look at than cross, so we headed past the quirky Central pub, and over the High Level Bridge, a legendary piece of railway engineering, to the Castle Keep.

Passing the Black Gate (with Duncan’s commentary best not written down) with the NBS HQ to our left and St Nicholas’ Cathedral to the right we entered the infamous Bigg Market. Historic, boozy and in need of its upcoming refurbishment the party central from my student days is looking a little sorry for itself. However, a left on to Grainger Street at the new mega-Greggs never disappoints with more brilliant classical architecture leading us down to the recently restored and upgraded Central Station. A quick peak at St Mary’s Cathedral, from outside another Greggs, brought the tour to an end before popping into the excellent and well-hidden Pink Lane Coffee.

BIM Show Live is coming back to Newcastle next year, so I’ll be planning another run, hopefully with a whole year’s notice you can bring your running shoes next time and come and see the city with me , and I’ll make sure the route is tuned to perfection, passes even more Greggs and, of course I’ll be picking up the tab for the coffee to get you all set for Day 2 of #BSL18 with your hangover left at the bottom of the Bottle Bank.

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