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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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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#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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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 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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#BIMTip 1 Keep it simple

It is a well-worn cliche that the construction industry is slow to embrace and sustain innovation and change, particularly in the application of digital technology. A recent study by McKinsey rated the industry as the second lowest ranking in embracing digital – just above hunting.

Government and client-led mandates aimed at reducing whole life cost and enhancing environmental performance have driven more widespread adoption, but have been accompanied by well-intentioned but often complex and arcane protocols which have often led to confusion and unrealisable expectations.

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BIM Academy partners with BuildingLive 2017

Building Live on 29 November promises to deliver a range of engaging seminars designed across four sessions, each addressing major themes for the sector including BIM Level 3 – a vision of a Digital Built Britain, optimising BIM Level 2, operational benefits – delivering value and a vision of the future.

As content partners, BIM Academy and Ryder Architecture have been working with the Building Live team to ensure the content is relevant,

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