BIM - Opportunities for Surveyors

After attending the BIM seminar at Geo Business 2018, Richard Groom takes a personal look at the current state of BIM and how it has progressed. It is ten years or more since we were introduced to BIM. We were wooed by the slick, confident and vibrant presentations and saw a future of collaboration, digital twins and whole life costing. Then there was the mandate for all government construction projects with a value of over £50m to be undertaken using BIM Level 2 from April 2016. But if BIM was going to solve all our problems and cut costs by... (read more)
2018-07-04 12:52:29

3D Repo Drives Adoption of BIM by Joining the UK BIM Alliance

3D Repo is helping to promote the adoption of next-generation Building Information Modelling (BIM) best practice by joining the UK BIM Alliance. Through patronage of the Alliance, 3D Repo will help transform the construction industry as it transitions to a digital era. 3D Repo will also be a key player in the Alliance’s Technology Group; which promotes discussion, agreement and adoption of interoperability and Open BIM standards in the UK and Ireland in conjunction with the Alliance’s Standards Group; which in turn helps to raise and support the Alliance’s drive to digitally transform the Built Environment. “As a well-known technology innovator,... (read more)
2018-07-19 10:51:21

Plowman Craven’s Spec for BIM Ready Modelling

One of the UK’s leading survey firms has produced a client ready specification for BIM surveys and deliverables. Richard Groom runs his eye over the content. Who better to write a BIM specification than a company that was there at the start. Plowman Craven’s (PCL) BIM specification first appeared several years ago and has just been updated and revamped. Like all good specifications it is an interface document that bridges the gap between the client and the surveyor. This bridge is simple and functional. At first glance 64 pages seems a little daunting but the contents are straightforward and easily... (read more)
2017-08-24 03:42:34

Enhancing Virtual Singapore with BIM Data

Drawing on leading science and design principles, Singapore combines characteristics from both the natural and man-made environments in a way that creates a sense of harmony and balance, also giving the city its unique feel and identity. This is best observed from any number of skyline terrace bars in downtown Singapore, but especially during the sunset hours – the transition between day and night as light reflects across the Marina Bay, and all the shiny edges and surfaces, showcase a real ‘smart city’ in motion. It is clear to see that Singapore’s status, as an often-cited global exemplar ‘garden city’,... (read more)
2018-07-10 10:23:55

Scan2BIM or Scan2Model?

In November, Mark Coombes and Mark King gave the first in the winter series of RICS evening lectures to a packed lecture hall at Great George Street. This fascinating talk covered the recent project to survey the RICS headquarters building using laser scanning. The topic was introduced by Mark Coombes of the Severn Partnership and largely presented by Mark King, the partnership’s scanning guru. The first Mark (Coombes) asked for a show of hands to see where the audience came from. It was split roughly in thirds between geomatics, construction and property. BIM is now of interest to everyone. The... (read more)
2017-08-25 05:31:58

Parlez vous BIM? - GEO Business 2018 Seminar

Half a day of Geo Business was devoted to a BIM seminar session, with a series of well-attended presentations in the Auditorium. Anne Kemp delivered the opening keynote address. Her presentation was largely about language. Indeed she defined BIM as ‘Better Information Management’ – how to manage data to inform better decision making. Thinking about the concept of federated BIM, Kemp thought it could be encouraging the silo mentality rather than encouraging collaboration. The owners of the contributing BIMs represent different disciplines who are protective of their data. She urged the federation to pull together. She wanted the project managers... (read more)
2018-07-06 10:51:56

Digital Asset Management with BIM App

3D Repo, a multi-award-winning provider of cloud software solutions for collaborative building information modelling (BIM), has started development on a mobile platform for Crossrail designed to manage maintainable assets. The cloud-based innovation by 3D Repo brings together previously disparate databases and information sources to provide on-site, instant access to both historical and real-time information. The project is funded under the Crossrail innovation programme, Innovate 18, which is designed to lead innovation in the construction industry.  Working with Crossrail, 3D Repo has demonstrated integration between information already held within asset lifecycle information management software. Through a Crossrail Asset Information and Configuration... (read more)
2017-01-24 01:16:37

Still Work to do - RICS BIM 2015

It seems that our QS colleagues are waking up to the potential that BIM has to offer, as Professor Ian Dowman discovered at the RICS’s 2015 BIM Conference. But data validation and standardization are key areas for development. The theme of this year’s RICS BIM Conference was ‘Delivering efficiencies and cost savings throughout the project’s lifecycle’. There was a very strong emphasis on quantity surveying (QS). At the 2014 RICS BIM Conference there was an interest in data collection with a forward look to the use of BIM models for QS, facilities management (FM) and integration of design, build and... (read more)
2017-07-20 10:49:18

Level 2 Challenges, Level 3 Plans - RICS BIM Conference 2017

The 2017 RICS BIM Conference with the theme of 'BIM in the UK: Past, Present & Future' had a different feeling than in previous years with fewer attendees, a broader approach, and more assessment of progress. Anne Kemp, Director of BIM Strategy and Development at Atkins and Chair of the UK BIM Alliance led the proceedings and encouraged discussion between delegates. The theme of the meeting was the challenges of driving further adoption of BIM Level 2 in the private sector and amongst SME’s, whilst also looking to the future as the UK Government’s BIM Taskforce aims to enact the... (read more)
2017-09-05 02:55:27
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