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RICS BIM Conference 2015


February 19, 2015 Alan Muse FRICS

ast week over 280 delegates gathered in London for the fourth annual RICS BIM Conference. BIM is a collaborative tool, so it was fantastic to see such a range of professions in the audience assessing where the real benefits of BIM lie and how the quantity surveying, facilities management and operational sectors can seize the opportunities it presents.

The event was chaired by David Philp of the UK BIM Task Group and opened with a live demonstration of a digital take-off from a BIM model by Trevor Woods of DPW Group and Cathy Moloy of Austin Reddy.

This set the scene for the rest of the day, where the focus was on moving from discussions around what BIM is to its applying it practically and realising its benefits in your everyday work.

Terry Stocks of the Ministry of Justice estates department gave the keynote address, which focused on the impending 2016 deadline and delivery of level 2 BIM: the key driver behind the implementation of BIM.

More sessions focusing on implementation followed. Vasileios Vernikos of CH2M Hill gave an international perspective, while Gary Ross from Excitech reminded us of the business case and the strategic planning necessary to use BIM effectively in your own business practices. The key message was that implementing BIM is only 20% about the use of new technology but 80% about effecting real culture change.

After tea and coffee delegates heard the clients’ perspective. We brought together a panel chaired by Professor Tim Broyd from University College London, which included Will Hackney of Transport for London and Alex Bywaters from the Highways Agency, to ask where clients see the value in BIM and what they expect in terms of minimum requirements.

Next, our own James Fiske presented the findings from the second part of our BIM vendor showcase. This focused on a particular floor of RICS HQ and, along with a condition survey, the software vendors were asked to produce estimates of maintenance and replacement costs over the next 10, 20 and 30 years. The study showed how the model was used, the variance between results and the importance of employing standards such as NRM3.

After lunch the audience split into two break-out sessions. The first focused on BIM in current practice, looking at practical application from a qantity surveying perspective, how BIM supports the operation of an asset, and overcoming challenges associated with BIM processes in-house. The second looked at the future evolution of BIM, including next-generation software, using BIM for space visualization and asset management, and the management of big data.

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