BIM Conference 2013

The role of standards in improving collaborative working and sharing structured data

Thursday 19 September 2013, CBI Conference Centre, London

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BSI's BIM Conference

The event will provide you with the opportunity to hear from industry experts about increasingly important role of BIM in all areas of the construction and civil engineering industry. It will review the role of information standards in facility design, construction and operation, including how BSI can support the adoption of BIM. The Conference will discuss current best practice and how this is evolving to support collaborative working and sharing structured data within contractual relationships and in the open market.

You will find out more about BSI’s initiatives and B/555 Roadmap which documents and describes the activities of the BSI/B/555 committee in support of delivering clear guidance to the UK industry dedicated to providing and operating built assets

In addition, our experts panel of speakers will review the implementation guidance for
BS 1192:2007 and discus the newly published PAS 1192:2:2013 - Specification for information management for the capital/delivery phase of construction projects using building information modelling. The event will also provide an update about the latest development of PAS1192:3 and how the industry would benefit from this new guidance document.

The BS8541 Series“Construction Library Objects” and the example templates published for the UK Government BIM implementation strategy are of interest to designers, constructors and product manufacturers. Find out how do these standards help the industry share structured data, and how can trade and professional bodies get involved?

By attending the conference you will:

  • Hear the latest Government update on BIM strategy
  • Find out how standards and guidance notes could help you reduce cost by applying BIM in your organization
  • Get better understanding about required data documents for UK Government BIM projects
  • Gather information about challenges that companies face while moving towards BIM Implementation and lessons learnt on the way
  • Hear practical case studies and learn about legal requirements for your BIM projects
  • Network, discuss and have your questions answered by leading industry experts. 

Eligible for CPD points

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9:15 – 9:35 Chairman’s opening remarks

David Philp, Head of BIM, Mace (Head of BIM Implementation, Cabinet Office)

An early adopter of practical change and purposeful collaboration, David is currently seconded to the Cabinet Office’s Efficiency and Reform Group where he is Head of BIM Implementation. David graduated in the early nineties and joined Balfour Beatty as a Graduate Engineer; he advanced through the company becoming Director of Technical Services and latterly BIM Programme Director. David recently joined Mace as Head of BIM.

9:35 – 10:00 Why current BIM initiatives are so important?

Keith Snook, Information Systems Development Manager, BRE

Working at the RIBA since 1995 as Assistant Director of Practice Standards, Director of Practice and in 2003 became the first Director of Research and Development. In 2011 Keith joined BRE (BRE Global) helping with their approach to BIM as a significant issue for their business. Having been recognized with an Honorary CIAT membership in 2008, Keith now represents CIAT on CPIc.

10:00 – 10:30 BIM - The innovation required for the level-3 vision

Dr Stephen Hamil, Director of Design and Innovation, NBS

Stephen and NBS have supported the BIM Task Group in terms of the development of the “labs” area of their website. NBS are also amongst those leading international research into interoperability through their membership of buildingSMART. Stephen will look at both of these areas and show some of the innovative work that is helping to shape the level-3 BIM vision.

10:30 -10:40 Q&A

10:40 – 10:55 Morning tea and coffee

Getting to know BIM standardization

10:55 -11:25 B555 ROAD MAP – Where are we now?

Marek Suchocki, Sales Development Executive, Autodesk

Marek is a Chartered Engineer, Chartered IT Professional, a Fellow of the British Computer Society, and a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineers and Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors. He sits on the management board of Construct IT, is a member of the Institution of Civil Engineers Information Systems Panel, is a member of the British Standards B555 committee for construction processes, design, modelling and data exchange, and is involved with the UK Government BIM task force

11:25 - 11:55 Implementing BS8541 - Construction Library Objects

Nicholas Nisbet, Director, AEC3 UK Ltd

Nick leads work on XML development within building SMART and was joint author of the BS1192:2007 standard for managing CAD/BIM information. He also developed the RASE method for automatic checking of building regulations used in current US and UK developments. He is part of the UK Government BIM Implementation task group, helping specify the use of COBie and BIM to meet the aims of improved cost, carbon and value through sharing structured asset information. He is active in BSI’s B/555 committee on construction information.

11:55 -12:40 What do you need to know about BS 1192:2007, PAS 1192:2, PAS 1192:3?

Mervyn Richards, Director, MR1 Consulting

Mervyn has an established position as an expert within the construction industry and instrumental in the successful delivery and ICT development on many major projects. His role is typically that of BIM/3D modeling consultant assisting the implementation of innovative solutions in both new business processes and technical application. He is the author of the CPIC/BSI publication ‘Building Information Management – a framework and Guide to BS1192:2007’ Mervyn was working on authoring of PAS 1192-2 as further guidance to BS1192:2007 for the BIS BIM Construction Strategy Task Team.

12:40 - 13:00  Discussion: We have enough standards, what we need is to use them: Yes or No?”

13:00 -14:00  Lunch

15:30 Chairman’s closing remarks

BIM in practice

14:00 - 14:30 Case Study - Implementing BS 1192:2007

14:30 – 15:00 Case study – How Atkins does it?

Dr Anne Kemp, Director BIM Strategy and Development, Atkins

Anne is serving as one of the BIM Liaison Officers for the UK Government BIM Strategy, supporting Environment Agency and Highways Agency. She has served a 3 year term as Atkins’ Network Chair for Geospatial and Integrated Digital Solutions, and has 25 years work experience, covering GIS, environmental assessment and information management projects. Anne chairs iCE's BIM Action Group, and is the incoming chair for AGI - where she was the founding chair for the Infrastructure-BIM group

15:00 – 15:30 What legal implications have to be considered?

Jeremy Glover, Partner, Fenwick Elliott

Jeremy has been listed as a recommended construction lawyer (particularly within the realm of international arbitration) in The Legal 500 United Kingdom 2012's guide. He advises on all aspects of projects both at home and abroad, from initial procurement to dispute avoidance and resolution. He is very familiar with the need to keep well up to speed with the contractual issues regarding the implementation of BIM, for example contributing to the Count Down to BIM supplement produced by Building Magazine at the beginning of this year.

15:30 – 15:45  Afternoon tea and coffee

15:45 – 16:45 Interactive session: BIM Viz Thinker Speedboat – What slows the adoption of BIM?

What should be standardized and what should be de-standardized? What are the obstacles? What are the biggest challenges?

16:45 Chairman’s Closing remarks

17:00 Networking drinks reception

Who should attend?

In particular, the conference will be of interest to those with responsibility for BIM implementation within their organization including:

  • Structural Engineers
  • Contractors
  • Manufacturers
  • Architects
  • Building Services Engineers
  • Designers
  • BIM Managers
  • Technical Managers
  • Business Managers
  • Managing Directors
  • Operations Directors


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  • Members £174.50
  • Non-Members £349.00

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