BIM Academy Delivers Virtual Project Course for Aston University Academics

Setting politics and critics aside, the sheer magnitude of investment and development within Birmingham provides a means to elevate the local community, businesses and people from different walks of life, being at the heart of the High Speed Rail Network, the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and developments such as Paradise Circus.  BIM Academy Director, Nahim Iqbal who is based in the region, says “it is critical that organisations work together for the greater good. 

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Forest City digital FM solution shortlisted in two industry awards

We are delighted to announce BIM Academy has been shortlisted in the British Construction Industry Awards (BCIA) and NCE TechFest awards for our pioneering work on Forest City in Johor, Malaysia.

 

The project has been nominated as a finalist in BCIA’s Digital Transformation Project of the Year: Buildings category and sits alongside the likes of Atkins, Sir Robert McAlpine and Zaha Hadid.

 

While in NCE’s TechFest awards,

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Developing a Digital Asset Information Model for a Smart City

Forest City is a pioneering development consisting of four huge man-made islands on the straits of Johor, with a total land area of 1,386ha.  An enterprise of Country Garden Pacificview, this smart Eco City will accommodate an estimated 700,000 residents and offer international buyers luxury homes in a multi-layered urban planning concept in lush green surroundings.  The Landmark Building is the focal point of the first phase of construction for Forest City.

 

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Using BIM in the Delivery of Major Sports Projects

Perhaps not much of a widely discussed subject but certainly one of great interest to clients, stakeholders and delivery teams across the globe, both past and present, major sports projects are extraordinary feats of economic planning, risk management, social interactions and engineering ingenuity.  In a broader sense involvement stems from a political level through to local organising committees, programme/project managers and a talented supply chain of designers/contractors/engineers.

 

Where does BIM fit into all of this?

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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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Learning from a BIM Panel

In three years I will wake suddenly in the night and, with a rush of adrenaline mixed with some shame and self loathing, the little video recorder in my head will play the highlight real once again.

 

Why?  Well, recently I was fortunate enough to be invited to an industry event for BIM sponsored by Victoria University and Engineers Australia.  Mark Bew was giving a presentation on data and optimising built assets,

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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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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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