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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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LAunch of APCCACIF BIM knowledge Framework

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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BIM Academy supports PlanBEE apprenticeship scheme

PlanBEE is an innovative higher level apprenticeship programme in Architectural Engineering and Management designed by industry sponsors led by Ryder Architecture in conjunction with Gateshead College and university partners.  With the advent of more collaborative and multidisciplinary working, largely facilitated through BIM, the aim is to develop a new generation of professionals with a broader spectrum of education, able to forge careers in a variety of roles, irrespective of specialist disciplines.

Steve Logan,

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2017: Armageddon or Arcadia?

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2016 was a year that saw a massive upheaval in the political and social landscape. The people spoke – voted – and as a consequence the UK is destined to leave the EU and the US has a President the likes of which they have never seen before. The term post-truth has moved into common parlance and it is accepted to tell porkies in public. Meanwhile the construction industry generally continues as before,

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