Digital Construction 10 Years On

This month, John Lorimer, Chair of BIM Academy retires after five decades in the construction industry where he has acted as client, contractor and engineer, working in both UK and South East Asia. Here he offers his insight into the growth of digital adoption in the industry, beginning with his role as client on the Manchester Central Library project which was a significant pathfinder demonstrating the value of BIM for the government estate, from design to operation.

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BuildStream 4D Research Project – Part 2 Update

An innovative feasibility study into optimising construction site plant and equipment use by applying BIM, IoT and data analytics.

BIM Academy is making good progress on this research project in collaboration with BuildStream, Costain, Northumbria University and Lynch (Plant Hire), exploring how we can improve efficiency in utilisation of plant and equipment on site.  This is achieved through the collation and aggregation of onsite data, combined with a construction programme and a 3D model,

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BuildStream 4D Research Project

An innovative feasibility study into optimising equipment use in construction with BIM, IoT and data analytics.

 

BIM Academy is undertaking an exciting new research project in collaboration with BuildStream (formerly GearBuddy), Costain, Northumbria University and Lynch (Plant Hire), exploring how we can improve the utilisation of plant and equipment on site.  This is through the collation and aggregation of onsite data, combined with a construction programme and a 3D model,

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CBI – Ready, Set, Connect

Following his contribution to the recently published CBI report Ready, Set, Connect, Peter Barker, partner at Ryder Architecture and managing director of BIM Academy, was invited to the Parliamentary launch to discuss the next steps and ambition.

 

The report focuses on future proofing the UK’s digital connectivity to drive productivity of UK plc and is based on extensive consultation with a range of business sectors – it sets out the case for digital infrastructure as a vital lever for UK international competitiveness in the years to come.  

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Implementing Organisational BIM through Change Management

BIM Academy has worked with several organisations over the last eight years who are looking to drive value through implementing BIM.  These organisations have consisted of design teams, contractors, large estate owners, councils and large multinationals.  All with very different management structures, processes, technology and contributions to the built environment, but all with the aspiration that better use of digital technology and smart processes will enhance their business operations.

 

 

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BIM Academy design platform transforming BIM and IOT data into actionable advice for building owners and occupiers

The consultancy has successfully concluded the Smart Connected Buildings project which aims to integrate building design information, sensor data and user feedback to produce meaningful alerts and advice to builders and owners.

The project was undertaken over 12 months in partnership with Northumbria University and National Energy Foundation to assess the feasibility of a building performance measurement and advice platform, something currently lacking in the industry.

Your Homes Newcastle supported the scheme,

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Smart Connected Buildings – part four

After 12 months, BIM Academy has successfully concluded the Smart Connected Buildings project where we have been hard at work researching the feasibility of a building performance measurement and advice platform currently lacking in the building industry. Smart Connected Buildings set out to be an intelligent data platform integrating building design information, sensor data and user feedback, producing meaningful alerts and actionable advice for occupiers, building owners and those who build and maintain properties.

Since our last blog where we interviewed Your Homes Newcastle,

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Smart Connected Buildings: part three

For the past ten months, BIM Academy has been researching the feasibility of a building performance measurement and advice tool which is currently lacking in the building industry. Smart Connected Buildings will be an intelligent data platform containing building design information, sensor data and user feedback, producing meaningful, actionable advice for occupiers, building owners and those who build and maintain properties.

The platform has been designed around the fact many more buildings are now being designed,

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PlanBEE BIM Academy Diary

PlanBEE, an award winning higher apprenticeship scheme now in its second year, is an initiative for built environment education which has been developed by a consortia of north east businesses including BIM Academy, Cundall, Ryder Architecture, Sir Robert McAlpine, Turner & Townsend and Xsite Architecture, delivered by Gateshead College and Teesside University.  The scheme, supported by the Chartered Institute of Building, the Institute of Civil Engineers and the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors,

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