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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2018: a turning point or business as usual?

Another tumultuous year in politics and industry has passed in the UK. For those in construction it has been particularly difficult with the industry showing itself in a poor light, attracting much justifiably negative press comment and analysis.


The tragedy at Grenfell Tower and now the collapse of Carillion will leave a profound and lasting influence on the industry and the way others perceive it.


In the midst of all this,

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Back to Basics – The What’s, How’s and Why’s of BIM in FM

Although the application of BIM enabled facilities management has the potential to add significant value to assets and estates, there are of course many challenges that need to be considered to make the transition easier and the benefits clearer to all.  To provide an overview of the current approach to FM and what BIM is, here is Graham Kelly (associate, BIM Academy) to add some much needed perspective in this emerging digital minefield.


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Visiting Professor

In recognition of his contribution to the establishment and direction of BIM Academy, our successful joint venture with Northumbria University, we’re delighted to announce that Peter Barker has been awarded the role of visiting professor at Northumbria University.

BIM Academy was founded by Ryder and the university in 2010 allowing Peter to apply his practice experience, combined with Northumbria’s academic expertise, to form this centre of excellence for digital engineering and construction.  BIM Academy is now well established as an international consultancy with clients such as the Royal Household,

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Winner – Times Higher Education Awards

Ryder Architecture, in collaboration with Northumbria University lifted the most innovative contribution to business – university collaboration trophy at the 2017 Times Higher Education Awards. 


The awards, now in their 13th year and widely recognised as the Oscars of higher education, shine a spotlight on the exceptional achievements of individuals, teams and institutions.


Increasingly mandated by governments worldwide, successful building information modelling – the design,

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Smart Connected Buildings: part two

Smart Connected Buildings is our study researching the feasibility of a building performance measurement tool which is currently lacking in the building industry, a tool which can make better use of the fact that many more buildings are being designed, refurbished and modelled using BIM.  Our team comprises BIM Academy, National Energy Foundation, Northumbria University and Your Homes Newcastle.


A BIM approach generates far more data than ever before,

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We’re hiring

We’re seeking talented and enthusiastic people for our UK and Hong Kong offices to grow our expanding digital consultancy business in UK, Europe and Asia Pacific regions.  Recent clients include Sydney Opera House, Royal Household property department, BAE Systems, M+ Museum West Kowloon, Hong Kong Hospital Authority and Forest City, Malaysia.


For more details and how to apply, see here.



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BIM Academy scoop award for international success

BIM Academy have won the International Success Award in the Dynamites ‘17 Awards sponsored by Dynamo which recognises the international successes of a north east headquartered business with a global reach.

Judges looked for organisations that had expanded their presence by opening offices overseas or delivered successful projects on an international scale.  BIM Academy’s celebrated triumphs include projects at Sydney Opera House, M+ Museum in Hong Kong and the Forest City smart city development in southern Malaysia.

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Smart Connected Buildings

An innovative feasibility study using sensor data to establish feedback loops to help improve building performance and wellbeing

Interest in Building Information Modelling (BIM) has seen a considerable rise in consistent data sharing practices, streamlining the design and construction processes.  However, owners and occupants still do not know if their building is performing as ordered.  Therefore, there remains an opportunity for work to improve the utilisation of information once a building is in use.

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