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Building Information Modelling (BIM)

The second in the 2015 series of Geo:The Big 5 events is BIM: The Next Level, was held in Cambridge, 23 April 2015. We had a fantastic range of speakers demonstrating the latest thinking in the BIM journey towards Levels 2 and 3. Please log into your account to access their presentations either via Resources or via Past Events.

Chairing the event is Steven Eglinton, Director of GeoEnable, who is a thought leader in the innovative use of Geospatial Solutions and BIM for Whole-life Asset Management, Environmental Conservation and community empowerment. He understands that true end-to-end solutions require more that technology alone, but require innovative thinking, end-user engagement, clear processes, senior management backing and strong leadership.

Steven is Chairman of the UK's Association for Geographic Information’s Asset Management group and British Computer Society’s Business Information Systems group. He is also International GIS Committee Coordinator for Iracambi, a conservation organisation based in Brazil. Steven is a Fellow of both the British Computer Society and the British Cartographic Society  

Dr Anne Kemp is an Atkins Fellow and Director of BIM Strategy & Development at Atkins. She stepped down as the Chair of the Association for Geographical Information at the end of 2014, and is a member of the ICE BIM Action Group and BIM4 Infrastructure UK.

Anne has been an active member of buildingSMART UK for several years and has the skills required to bring the geospatial and BIM worlds together as well as supporting buildingSMART with its infrastructure activities in her new capacity as its Vice Chair. She is also Chair of BIM4Infrastructure.  UK BIM4Rail and the AGI I-BIM SIG have now merged to create a vibrant and proactive group - remaining a part of AGI, but supported by ICE, the UK Government BIM Task Group and CPIC.  In her spare time, Anne is currently studying for an MSc in Coaching and Behavioural Change at Henley Business School.

Mervyn Richards, OBE is a Director/Partner of the Avanti Partnership and acts as a consultant for education and training in the management processes for BIM defined by the BS1192-2007 and the PAS1102-2.  He also lectures at various universities around London and is associated with the University of Reading. As Avanti has gone international in Malaysia, Australia and New Zealand, the consultancy and education provided to major contracts and organisations implement BIM as a management process.

Mervyn is also a director at Building Smart Uk, involved in developing the tools and standards for the Implementation of the HMG requirements for BIM; MD of MR1 Consulting Ltd on the application and implementation of processes and procedures on major and minor projects.  He is also the co author of the Maturity Diagram (Bew and Richards) and the current requirement to deliver BIM to level 2, and is currently involved in the Construction Strategy and the BIM Task Group.

In the New Years Honours List 2013, Mervyn was made an Officer Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to BIM and the Construction Industry.

Nick Tune is BRE Group Director - Digital & Data

Passionate about sustainable buildings which are delivered and managed using BIM, Nick is an innovator and construction specialist leading BRE’s change into being a digitally led organisation. Since setting up a BIM team at BRE in 2012, they have won over £2M of research grants, developed training courses and established certification schemes for individuals and businesses as well as developing tools for the delivery of open BIM. His leadership of buildingSMART UK & International has helped drive the development and adoption of open BIM standards.

Nick's  work in Wales has led to the delivery of the UK's first zero carbon passivhaus and innovation park in Ebbw Vale, exemplar housing refurbishment schemes and the development of the £100M+ Welsh Government's ARBED sustainable refurbishment programme. He has also developed and delivered over £10M worth of future cities and BIM research programmes via FP7 and the TSB.

In 2013 Nick set up the National Solar Centre at the Eden Project, Cornwall. The NSC delivers guidance, standards, consultancy and testing for the solar industry.

Bart De Lathouwer, Director, Interoperability Programes (Europe), Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC)

Bart is responsible for planning and managing interoperability initiatives such as testbeds, pilots and interoperability experiments with an emphasis on activities in Europe.

Since 2001, Mr. De Lathouwer has worked first as European liaison to the geospatial division of Autodesk and later as Autodesk's Product Manager for Server Technologies. In this role, he also served as member company representative to the OGC. As a company representative, he started the OGC CAD-GIS Interoperability Working Group (which evolved into the OGC 3DIM Domain Working Group) and managed the development of a core data access technology FDO (Feature Data Object) that later went open source in OSGeo. After returning to Europe, he worked as a geospatial expert for both private and government organizations focused on interoperability.

Previously, Mr. De Lathouwer was technical project manager at electric and water utilities as well as telecommunication companies. He holds a BS in Computer Science from the Karel de Grote-Hogeschool.

Richard Bates is a CAD and BIM Specialist, who is both committed and resourceful in his approach to projects.

Having worked previously at Sheppard Robson Architects for five years, Richard comes to alinea consulting from Davis Langdon/Aecom, bringing with him a wealth of experience from his six years as their UK CAD/BIM manager.

Richard has a hands-on approach and brings a unique set of skills and experience to our projects and clients. This includes expertise in model drafting as well as knowledge and experience of surveying, construction and data structure. He has advised and developed all aspects of projects, working with design teams to create BIM that contains usable data to manipulate, arrange and quantify.

Daniel Irwin is the Geospatial Lead for Crossrail, a £15Bn railway construction project in London and one of the largest infrastructure projects in Europe over the last 50 years.

With over 15 years of geospatial experience he has worked in sectors ranging from environmental, utilities, transport modelling and construction through to asset and facilities management. At Crossrail Daniel is leading the development of
geospatial solutions to integrate and support the BIM principles that underpin the
project for the entire lifecycle of a world class railway.

Davin Crowley-Sweet is the Professional Head of Asset Data & Information for Network Rail. In this role he is responsible for setting the corporate governance and assurance framework for asset-related data and maintaining the integrity of the rail infrastructure network model.

Over the past decade Davin has held a number of asset management roles ranging across front line maintenance management and asset reliability on the West Coast Mainline, delivery of multi £million asset renewal programmes, leading award winning data quality improvement initiatives and development of strategic business plans for regulated investment periods. 

Dick Murray, Technology Specialist, GroupBC

Dick has over 20 years' experience with manipulating data in one form or another and has an ability to understand data and how it can be enhanced by other data. Currently he provides Semantic Web and Linked Data expertise to the GroupBC suite of products, specifically the SemanticBIM offering.

Previously with Unit4 Business Software, Dick led the Research & Innovations project to provide Open Linked Data for the Local Government£500 spend initiative for Councils using the Agresso ERP product. Related work included linking supplier data with Ordnance Survey data to provide councils with locality data to make better purchasing decisions. In addition, Dick worked with University of Southampton (UoS) and Fraunhofer Society to link HEFCE and UoS degree courses and current job market data to predict for UoS which degree courses it would need to provide.

As an architect and developer of Iungō a Data as a Service (DaaS) engine, Dick was primarily concerned with transforming data into Resource Description Framework (RDF) for subsequent storage and manipulation using SPARQL 1.1.

Simon Williams, Chief Executive and Co-Founder of QuantumBlack, a technology firm focused on helping clients make the most of data, analytics and visualisation to be the best they can by improving asset, operations and human performance. To achieve this QuantumBlack purposely blends a mix of strategy, analytics, engineering and design skills to help clients gain new intelligence from data and craft their strategic response to that new intelligence. QuantumBlack works internationally with some of the world's most interesting organisations from aerospace to hospitals to urban infrastructure to Formula One racing teams.

Prior to QuantumBlack, Simon led SmithBayes, a data-driven software firm spun out from the Vodafone McLaren Mercedes Formula One racing team. Simon started his career in real-time trading systems at Reuters and then product management at ABN AMRO Bank.

Tony Boobier holds a WW Executive role at IBM, focussing on solutions for Risk and Finance, and was previously IBM Insurance Analytics leader for EMEA, with active interests in China and Latin America.

After 20 years in customer facing roles in Financial Services, he recognised technology as the great enabler of industry change, as currently evidenced by the Big Data revolution, and crossed over to the ‘dark side’. He has now worked in the technology sector for nearly a decade, with a global remit, a global voice, and a global perspective.

Peter Parslow, based on twenty years working in software and data development, leads the Ordnance Survey's geographic data product design, including the information architecture of their production systems. He also coordinates OS’s involvement in standards development, and the selection of which open standards to use. Peter has been involved in developing geographic information standards for over ten years. He currently chairs the UK technical committee which shadows ISO TC211 and has set up over the past year a broader ‘UK open geo-standards forum’. Peter has presented on data modelling and open standards at several international conferences.

Peter’s team designed recent OS open data and commercial products, such as Vector Map District and MasterMap Sites Layer, and serves on the UK government Data Standards Panel.

James Colclough BSc (Hons) MSc CMILT CGeog is leading the implementation of Building Information Modelling (BIM) across the Civil Infrastructure business line within AECOM. This has included helping to set AECOM’s strategic vision for BIM and implement a strategy of change within the business. A key aspect of this role has been the coordination of staff, raising awareness and collaborating with other business lines as part of the Technology and Data Solution team. James has been active in developing relationships with clients, providing workshops to advance their understanding of what BIM means to them. This has included the implementation of BIM within Civil Infrastructure projects, assisting clients in understanding their information requirements and defining the execution plan to address these needs.

James has utilised his technical background in GIS to explore how technology can be applied within the asset lifecycle. Increasing GIS is becoming a key part of the information transfer process, which is something James has reviewed across the global business.

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