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Building Information Modelling (BIM)

Set in the peaceful Murray Edwards College in Cambridge, this well-attended meeting offered good networking on the sunny deck, outside the vendor hall and the stepped auditorium.

Geo:Big 5 - BIM: The Next Level, 23rd April 2015

Meeting review by member Andrew Zolnai

BIM interests me for its petroleum mega infrastructure applications. The opening master classes by Anne Kemp, Mervyn Richards and Peter Parslow were spot on for the audience too: they brought us all to a common operating picture in so-called Level 2 reporting mandate to UK government stakeholders, which the audience view as a challenge. AGI is to be commended in facing this straight on to help communicate and educate.

The Case Studies were a packed session. Dick Murray further introduced the somewhat arcane Linked Data. And ‘at the coal face’ Richard Bates showed what BIM entails for day-to-day effective knowledge management. Then there is the ‘small matter’ of Cross Rail, currently the largest infrastructure project in Europe: Daniel Irwin presented a full-on 3D, real-time and public-facing undertaking, which clearly illustrated what Level 2 reporting would mean.

The afternoon opened with a plenary overview of BIM and GIS by Esri(UK). There followed  a panel discussion on Standards with the Building Research Establishment , Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and Ordnance Survey with Anne Kemp added as ‘Queen of BIM’. It was rounded off with OGC’s Open Standards practice review. These made it clear that GIS and standards are key to interoperability at the ground and operational levels, and to communication at the executive and stakeholder levels.

In the last session, Anne Kemp’s vision beyond Level 2 for a Digital Built Britain, added the human and social elements from her experience abroad. The Panel Discussion offered an industry perspective with Simon Williams, Davin Crowley-Sweet and Anne Kemp. Most notable was Davin’s impassioned yet well-grounded call to view data as assets… perhaps even added to fiscal balance sheets he quipped! Meeting chair Steve Eglinton’s mercifully short closing made way to the sponsored Social,  fired up with BIM and Level 2 still buzzing in the air.

A big thank-you to Andrew for writing his thoughts up about our event. Remember you can access the presentations from the day by logging into your account and clicking on Events, then Past Events.

Also, a photo album of the BIM event is available on Flickr here.


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