Geographical Information System – Understanding the Concept and Value in the Built Environment

Nahim Iqbal, director at BIM Academy, discusses the importance of Geographical Information Systems (GIS) and their value in the built environment industry.

Our world as we see it comes with abundant resources – or at least it did at some point.  As mankind we continue to consume these resources whether fresh water, fossil fuels or heavy metals at phenomenal rates.  Eventually raising questions, for example, where is the next best location of fresh water? 

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BIM, GIS, IoT, Smart Cities – Industry’s Zeal Leading the Way to Something Incredible…

Rapid developments across the digital landscape, whilst occasionally overwhelming in terms of staying abreast with advancements, continue to fascinate and stimulate countless minds. Ultimately augmenting ways of working and achieving greater efficiency. At the forefront this is driven by pioneering and intelligent industry professionals who are the very backbone in delivering projects successfully and advancing society into the next digital age.

In creating structured, accurate and information rich 3D model representations of buildings and infrastructure,

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Third African BIM Conference

Peter Barker, BIM Academy managing director, was invited to present at the third African BIM Conference in Johannesburg on 14-15 March.

 

The conference attracted a wide range of industry and academic practitioners from South Africa and neighbouring regions.  Peter showcased the work of BIM Academy, particularly the value to building owners and asset managers, featuring the team’s work on Sydney Opera House, Forest City, Durham Cathedral, Hong Kong MTR and the Royal Household.

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BIM Academy and BKAsiaPacific partner to deliver an interactive conference

Delegates will hear real life case studies and plan out their own BIM roadmaps at this annual conference and workshop

In the 2017 Policy Address the Hong Kong government explicitly requested that consultants and contractors use Building Information Modelling (BIM) when undertaking the design and delivery of major capital works projects from 2018 onward.  This combined with the growing international impetus towards a global digital built environment are clear signs that now is the time to consider how to embark on a BIM implementation strategy for your organisation.

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BIM helps realise your vision, not drive your design

Technological design platforms are meant to help architects realise their visions, rather than drive their designs.  There is a growing argument that the increasingly standardised use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) software might alter the way we conceive our buildings, as well as execute them.  What might this BIM School look like and should such a thought scare or excite us?  Jakob Andreassen, BIM Manager at BIG, Atkins technical director Anne Kemp, and Peter Barker,

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BIM Academy in Vancouver

In June, BIM Academy’s Graham Kelly visited Vancouver to meet Adam James and Warren Schmidt who form part of Ryder Architecture’s Canadian team to develop opportunities to apply BIM Academy’s experience to support clients and government organisations in British Columbia.

As well as presenting to the estates team at The University of British Columbia, Graham met local built environment consultants and contractors to confirm the growing market demand for BIM and the application of digital tools –

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New Guide for facilities management professionals

BIM Academy have supported British Institute of Facilities Management (BIFM) to produce a new guide for facilities management professionals working with clients on BIM construction projects.

 

Employer’s Information Requirements (EIR) is a practical 47 page document to support clients using BIM. The user friendly brochure demonstrates how to specify exact requirements for the design and construction phase of a built asset through to its full life time operation.

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The launch of the Australasian Procurement and Construction Council (APCC) and Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) BIM Knowledge and Skills framework

Last night saw the successful launch of the Australasian Procurement and Construction Council (APCC) and Australian Construction Industry Forum (ACIF) BIM Knowledge and Skills framework at Standards Australia in Sydney.

 

BIM Academy is proud to have been a contributing partner to this initiative over the last two years and Will Joske received an award of appreciation at the launch ceremony.

 

This Framework is an important and timely resource that articulates the BIM knowledge and skills required for disciplines in the building and construction industry,

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BIM Academy ANZ launch Virtual Project in Australia

Last week saw the successful launch of BIM Academy’s Virtual Project in Australia. Hosted by The University of Canberra BIM Academy ran a workshop for 18 delegates comprising a cross section of the industry and academia in Canberra. The workshop was a taster day for Virtual Project – BIM Academy’s unique three day course uses BIM and collaborative working principles to allow project teams to work collectively in a controlled environment.

 

In 2017,

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