The Second Annual BIM Conference
The future has arrived, and it’s saving us money. Building Information Modelling (BIM) achieved a cost saving of £840 million on capital projects in 2013/14, through the Government’s BIM Level 2 initiative. Initial estimations in the 2012 Building Information Modelling report, however, suggested that savings of £2 billion per annum could be achieved through widespread use of BIM. With levels of BIM uptake plateauing, according to the 2015 National BIM Survey, the potential benefits of BIM are not being fully exploited. In addition to bolstering the economy, BIM provides the gateway to advancements in building technology, the realisation of the ‘Internet of Things’ and improvements in the environmental sustainability of the construction industry. Barriers such as lack of awareness and insufficient client demands must be overcome if these advantages are to be realised.
Join us for The Second Annual BIM Conference, where high level speakers will build on the discussions of last year and explore what more can be done to achieve the widespread benefits that BIM has to offer. Topics covered will include the successes of BIM Level 2, how BIM Level 3 will benefit the industry and UK as a whole, advancements in technology and the benefits and barriers of widespread BIM.
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|Jason Underwood||Senior Lecturer in BIM and Construction, University of Salford|
|Martin Simpson||Visiting Professor, University of Salford|
|Dr Georgios Kapogiannis||Senior Lecturer, Angela Ruskin University|
|Karen Alford||BIM and GSL Programme Manager, The Environment Agency|
|John Lorimor||Visiting Professor, University of Salford|
|Peter Trebilcock||Director of BIM, Balfour Beatty Construction Services|
|Adrian Malleson||Chair of the RIBA NBS Economics Panel|
Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a collaborative way of working, which uses digital technologies to bring design, creation, maintenance, and key data together into a 3D model that evolves as the project does. BIM Level 2 aimed to encourage the construction industry to make full use of this technology, rolling BIM out to all centrally funded projects by 2016. The publication of Digital Built Britain (BIM Level 3), designed to build on the Level 2, has attracted criticism from the industry, however. Roofing specialists Marley Eternit suggest in their company blog that focus should be placed on helping companies achieve more immediate BIM challenges, rather than on a government vision that could be ten years away. The firm states that those not involved in centrally funded or large private design and build projects have had little opportunity to experience working with BIM.
A 2014 survey conducted by Pinsent Masons found that 64% of BIM experts thought the Government’s 2016 BIM targets were simply unachievable. BIM providers Building.co.uk suggest that Digital Build Britain appears to be a “vision” rather than a definitive prescription of how the industry should work. Richard Saxon, former UK BIM Ambassador for Growth, states that “Collaboration is absolutely central to BIM”, but that this kind of collaboration has not yet been achieved in the industry.
In spite of these concerns, however, advancement is being made in the use of BIM and the technology supporting it. Architect Magazine wrote in an article from April 2015 that BIM is revolutionising architecture. There is a growing expectation that architects will produce datasets that enable clients to verify building performance and manage their buildings after completion. This use of big data can be used alongside Internet of Things technology, creating structures which go beyond retrofitted smart fixtures to being smart buildings themselves.
BIM is also being used to make the construction site smarter, finding solutions to streamline laborious and time consuming tasks. Tech start up Converge, for example, is exploring the potential benefits of web-enabling sensors used on construction sites, such as those used to measure pressure on retaining walls, noise and vibration levels, or dust created by construction machinery. This would radically extend the capabilities of BIM, as adding data feeds from sensors into BIM models would provide real-time visualisation of a construction site as work progresses. The 2014 Built Environment 2050 report warns, however, that this kind of data sharing exposes the industry to cyber attack. David Philip, chair of BIM2050, stated, “As we move from Level 2 collaborative BIM towards Level 3 and fully integrated assets – and not just individual buildings, but whole portfolios and smart cities – then the big thing we have to sort out is the whole issue of cyber security”.
Advancement of BIM is an important issue for the construction industry, offering as it does the possibility of making the industry more sustainable both economically and environmentally. According to the McGraw Hill Construction 2015 worldwide BIM report, 59% of UK contractors report a positive return on investment from BIM. In countries such as Japan, Germany and France this number is over 90%, suggesting that widespread use of BIM can significantly boost profits. The benefits of BIM that lead to these savings also have pervasive non-financial advantages. For example, 41% of respondents reported less errors and omissions, 35% reported greater collaboration between owners and design firms and 31% reported a reduction in rework.
In addition to this, BIM has significant potential to contribute to the design, construction and commissioning of buildings with lower environmental impact. BIM can be enriched with integrated analysis and evaluation tools such as daylighting and solar studies, material and product libraries with Life Cycle Assessment information, and building management information for the entire lifecycle of the building. This leads to more informed decision making at the early stages, reducing the risk of abortive design or the bolting on of cost-ineffective eco-design features. Chief Executive of the Construction Industry Council, Graham Watts, says of BIM, “It will enable…greater energy efficiency leading to carbon reductions and a critical focus on the whole life performance of facilities”.
Delegates attending The Second Annual BIM Conference will learn about the arguments surrounding how widespread use of BIM can be encouraged in the construction industry, the effects of government initiatives on BIM uptake, advancements in BIM technology, and the environmental benefits of BIM adoption.
Registration, Refreshments and Exhibition
Opening Remarks from Chair
Jason Underwood – Senior Lecturer, BIM and Construction, University of Salford (Invited)
Peter J Trebilcock, Design & BIM Programme Director, Balfour Beatty Construction Services
Delivering BIM Level 2 - A Case Study
Karen Alford, FCRM Manager – Digital Asset Data and Information, The Environment Agency
Our BIM Journey and where we are heading next
Refreshments and Networking Break
Adrian Malleson, Chair of the RIBA NBS Economics Panel
BIM & Trends in Construction
Adrian Malleson is Head of Research, Analysis and Forecasting at NBS.
Dr Georgios Kapogiannis, Senior Lecturer, Angela Ruskin University
Currently George is employed as a Senior Lecturer in Construction Technology – Management in the School of Engineering and Built Environment, Anglia Ruskin University since 2015. He completed his PhD in Construction and Project Management from the University of Salford – School of the Built Environment (THINKlab).
Industry Case Study 1
Industry Case Study 2
Lunch and Networking
Industry Case Study 3
Industry Case Study 4
John Lorimer, Director, JLO Innovation
Lately it occurs to me: What a long, strange trip it’s been
Refreshments and Comfort Break
Martin Simpson, Associate Director, Arup & Royal Academy of Engineers Visiting Professor, University of Salford
Martin Simpson is an engineer who has worked on iconic sports venues including Beijing's "Bird's Nest" Olympic stadium. Simpson is an associate director for consultant Arup and is also the Royal Academy of Engineering visiting professor of innovation at Salford University.
Liam Brady, Capital Programme Manager, Manchester City Council
Closing Remarks from Chair
Jason Underwood – Senior Lecturer, BIM and Construction, University of Salford (Invited)
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- Benefits of widespread adoption of BIM
- Achievements of Level 2 BIM
- Industry concerns around Level 3 BIM
- Extent of BIM uptake in industry
- Role of BIM in the Internet of Things
- Advancements in BIM technology
- Potential of BIM technology on the construction site
- Dangers of data sharing and cyber attack
- Financial advantages of BIM usage
- Environmental benefits of BIM
Who should attend?
Delegates who will have an interest in attending this conference will include Architects, Engineers, Surveyors, Contractors, Consultants, Civil Engineer’s, Structural Engineers, Services Engineers, Facilities Managers, Procurement Officers, Project Managers, Construction Managers, BIM Leads, BIM Managers, BIM Coordinators, manufacturers and policy makers.