Despite being ostensibly termed a “design tool”, BIM is never normally associated with what a building looks like. BIM’s capabilities are usually aligned to more procedural quantities such as team co-ordination, facilities management, three-dimensional visualisation and data control, with architectural characteristics rarely considered to be directly determined by BIM. However, as BIM’s impact across architecture and construction grows, might this increasingly be the case? read full article
Government Soft Landings (GSL) looks at the alignment of design, construction and repurposing of Government’s property and infrastructure assets with those that use and operate them. The GSL policy was formulated as an objective from the Government Construction Strategy 2011 and was approved in September 2012 by the Government Construction Board… read article and register
I tend towards pessimism when I reflect on the role of architects twenty years from now… read full article
Ecobuild 2015 will bring you a wide range of features, speakers, conference and seminar sessions and will once again be your main source for inspiration, innovation and education… visit website and register
In this article I wanted to discuss Building Information Modelling (BIM) and the role that Architects play in this new process. I argue that Architects are a key member of a team who can reinvigorate their project leadership role as a client advisor, lead designer of the design team, model manager and post completion Asset Information Model gatekeeper. Also I go on to urge… read full article
BIM usage doubled in the industry between 2012 and 2013, being instrumental in 4% of projects completed in 2012 but 9% last year, according to the compendium of data on the industry in the latest UK Industry Performance Report… read full article
An 11km long “smart motorway” upgrade to the M25 was completed 14 weeks ahead of schedule thanks to extensive use of BIM, said Skanska Balfour Beatty, the joint venture that carried out the works… read full article
Is the industry ready for the government’s BIM mandate in April 2016? That was the main theme of the round table event held recently to launch the BIM+ website, attended by a cross-section of well-placed commentators and kindly hosted by law firm Olswang.
Participants included David Philp FCIOB, head of BIM implementation at the government’s BIM Task Group; Peter Trebilcock, BIM director at Balfour Beatty Construction Services UK; and Simon Rawlinson, head of research and innovation at EC Harris…. read full article
“Arup has already produced the first projects using Civil BIM strategy, saving 30 percent of costs,” said Oscar Julián, BIM manager infrastructure department, Arup… read full article
When it comes to “BIM tools” most people would think of Autodesk and Bentley ahead of Conject and Asite. So BIM+ has sought 3D views on the BIM strategies of the industry’s cloud-based collaboration platforms.
John Adams is 4BIM product manager at 4Projects by Viewpoint
David Glennon is a director at engineering consultancy URS, responsible for BIM strategy and delivery in the Europe, Middle East and India region
Paul Wilkinson is a communications consultant, blogger and collaboration platform expert… read full article