Virtual Project in Vancouver

The BIM Academy team are collaborating with the Vancouver Regional Construction Association to deliver their innovative Virtual Project workshop to industry professionals in British Columbia. Originally created in 2013 on the back of BIM Academy’s success in several global multidisciplinary BIM competitions, the course allows those with little familiarity with BIM technologies and processes to understand the benefits of BIM when applied to a sample project.  Suitable for professionals from all disciplines, the Vancouver course will run over two days and will give delegates a valuable insight into the power of digital tools during design,

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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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#BIMTip 3 – “It’s Non Negotiable”

Since April 2016, the use of BIM has been mandated on centrally funded government projects throughout the UK, and the latest NBS survey showed that a majority (54%) of those surveyed are now integrating BIM into their own work.  Elsewhere, the trajectory is similar, with government mandates in place across the likes of Singapore, Dubai, Spain and Norway.

As Peter Barker explains, “The appetite has changed.  It has become non negotiable that in order to realise increasingly complex buildings against very demanding budgets and schedules,

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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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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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Three new sponsors back construction skills scheme

Three high profile national organisations have pledged their support for an innovative scheme designed to attract new talent into the built environment industry.

Digital engineering hub BIM Academy, Sunderland based engineering consultancy Desco and NBS, which provides technical information, specification and Building Information Modelling (BIM) tools to construction industry professionals, have all signed up to become sponsors of PlanBEE.

The scheme was launched last year when Gateshead College and Ryder Architecture formed a powerful alliance with a network of architects,

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#BIMTip 2 Start With Why

For owners and operators, to best exploit the value of BIM,  it is always best to start with the “why”.  The first step is to understand why the client or project will benefit from BIM and what drives the organisation’s needs – a large healthcare client has different objectives to a university, who conversely has very different goals to a residential developer.  These are known as the Organisational Information Requirements (OIR).


The second step is understanding which operational assets are to be maintained and what information is needed to successfully manage this.  

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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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BIM Academy seeks graduate computer scientist for exciting Innovate UK project

BIM Academy are seeking to appoint a talented Computer Scientist to work on the development of a software platform for integrating Building Information Models (BIM) with data from building sensor deployments, for building performance monitoring and feedback loops.  This is a research and development position as part of an Innovate UK project called ‘Smart Connected Buildings: Model based performance and feedback loops’.


The candidate will play a highly active role in BIM Academy,

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