The Quantifiable Self

This has interested me for a number of years now. Ever since a particular technology magazine editor talked about monitoring his sleep. He pointed out that there is a third of our life that we know nothing about. The thought intrigued me and I was hooked. I now use various smartphone apps and wearable devices that allow me to better understand what I am doing and likewise look for ways to improve or at least be aware of what I am doing with my life. An insight into the apps can be seen here:

As a starter we should be aware that, for the majority of us, our lives are digital and we leave a trail within it. Quite often we do not see that data or even actively realise that it exists. This post from December 2012 on data collected about a single human being:

Then you get the other extreme of people like Chris Dancy who tries to capture everything:

And a guide for the middle ground:

But how might this go beyond the individual to the workforce?

The data scientist:

Of course the big topic:

Personally I would happily share data that I consent to share as long as the data collected can be made available to me for my own use by the people collecting it and in a manner that I can use it as well. Something that I could feed into wolfram alpha analytics to inform myself and help me to make better decisions. At the moment I will keep on with my fitbit, endomondo, myfitnesspal, zeo sleep monitor (now retired), rescue time, manic time, evernote, twitter, facebook, outlook calendar etc etc……………. :)



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Client Guides For Surveying

I have found these two sites invaluable to help with an exercise I am carrying out. The initial data piece of the BIM puzzle. If information is to be enriched from the start to the end to the start again then it makes sense to have a look at how to correctly specify your survey data at the start of the process. To make sure you can communicate correctly with surveyors whilst allowing them to do what they are best qualified to do.

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Enabling Cooperation

We had a very interesting meeting this morning and it only dawned on me afterwards that we had actually done something that people always talk about in the “BIM World”. Around the table we had the Clients Asset Integration Team, Clients GIS Team, Clients Operation and Maintenance Team, Clients Information Manager, Project Designers and the Tier 1 Joint Venture Contractors. All talking up working together, exchanging information, lessons learned both good and bad so that the good can be repeated and the bad avoided. Where information can be leveraged early and really bring value to the entire lifecycle. Being able to bring client end requirements into the early process to ensure the end product is delivered.

It was open, transparent and productive. We have not even started on site yet! So really bringing the effort and understanding to the front end of the project. I am really looking forward to more of the same.

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An interesting use of opendata for protest

Proponents of open data, I count myself as one of them, quite often say, just make the data available and see what happens. People will find something useful to do with it. Lifehackers, entrepreneurs and now even protesters. It would appear that the publicly available airline data is now being used to do an “If This Then That” activity that generates a complaint email to the airline about noise automatically. I applaud the ingenuity of the human mind.

The Evening Standard

The Telegraph

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Belief shapes culture and affects outcomes.

“Belief is a remarkable thing. If we believe that we can do something, we can. If we believe that we can’t do something, then we can’t. Our belief system limits us, shaping our entire lives, as well as the lives of those around us. In order for any progress to be made, a Heretic is required. Heretics do not share the common beliefs of the masses, they think bigger. They are scorned and mocked and laughed at for their strange beliefs, yet still they believe. People challenge them, scoff at them, dismiss them as absurd. Yet still they believe. Time passes and sometimes others join the Heretic, one or two at first, and then even more begin to tag along. When enough time has passed, if the Heretic has been particularly persistent in their beliefs and persuasive in their ability to share the message they believe in, the Heretic disappears. Where once a lonely believer of strange ideas had stood, now stands a visionary thinker, a remarkable person who had the strength and wisdom to look at the world differently; a person who leads us to a better understanding of the universe, and a deeper view of ourselves. Our limits increase; we advance and prosper. Thanks to the Heretic… and thanks to Belief.”

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Are you ready for 2016? #BIM

Just in case you are not a member of this Lindked in Group I have reposted it here, but sign up and enter the discussion on A post on Linkedin from  BArch MRIAI, Managing Partner, ArcDox

There is only 1 year to go, until the 2016 UK government BIM mandate requiring all centrally procured public projects to use BIM level 2 to PAS1192 standard ( You may find this checklist useful, of what you need to know regarding the requirements (relevant even if you don’t work in the UK, as there are projects in Ireland with similar requirements). BIM Level 2 Checklist 1. – You can respond to “BIM capability questions” in Pre-Qualification Questionnaires (PQQ), (as example see Table 8 in PAS91:2013 as 2. – You can understand and respond to the EIR (Employers Information Requirements), a document setting out the clients BIM objectives and deliverables. See here for more details You may be required to assist in writing an EIR (where it doesn’t exist), to clarify BIM requirements as early as possible. In situations where you are the “employer” (eg contractor/sub-contractor relationship), you will have to be able to write an information requirement that will ensure that your supply chain are making information contributions that are compatible with the overall BIM strategy. 3. – As a designer/contractor, your response to the EIR is the preparation of a pre-contract (pre-appointment) BIM Execution Plan (BEP) Document, setting out your strategy to deliver, together with BIM capability assessments (resources, IT etc) ( 4. – You should be willing, and be aware of the implications, of having a BIM Protocol appended to your contact/appointment, setting out the roles, rights, responsibilities and obligations for the BIM process (see template CIC UK BIM protocol here: – check this with your solicitors). 5. – You should be aware of the implications, and make your PI insurers aware that you are participating in BIM projects. (See guidance here: 6. – You should understand and be aware of the scope of service require for each stage according to the new RIBA or CIC Plan of Work. (details here: 7. – Once appointed, you will have to prepare/manage or contribute to a Post-contract BIM Execution Plan (BEP) and Master Information Delivery Plan (MIDP), setting out who will produce what information at each stage, to what level of development, what level of information (LOI), and to what level of detail (LOD). 8. – You may be required to take on the role of “Project Information Manager” for either design or construction stage and manage and/or host the Common Data Environment (CDE) (the scope of the role is defined here: In terms of interacting with the CDE, you will need to understand the filenaming, folder structures and approvals processes set out in BS1192

9. – You will need to have the ability to receive, open, navigate, query, analyse, review and comment on BIM data. (Free BIM viewers: Autodesk Design Review, Bentley Navigator, Graphisoft BIMx, Solibri Model Viewer, Tekla BIMsight, xBIM explorer etc) If you are client-facing or a project leader attending meetings, you will need the ability to navigate and show your model. You may be required to participate in BIM coordination reviews (clash detection). 10. – You will need to have the ability to produce, manage and share, any information you are required to contribute to the project, in a BIM format, including open IFC format (industry foundation classes), also including the ability to provide COBie (construction building operations information exchange) Digital Data drops at the required stages. Your data will have to be organized and structured using BS1192/PAS1192/BS8541 standards, Uniclass2 classification, and you will have to contribute your Data to the project Common Data Environment (CDE). Someone in your team will have to take on the role of Task Information Manager, to liaise/coordinate with the overall Project Information Manager and interact with the CDE. 11. – You may be required to provide extended analysis and use of BIM, such as clash detection, programme analysis (4D), cost analysis and quantity take-off (5D) structural analysis, energy performance analysis, sustainability (6D), lighting analysis, systems analysis, pedestrian movement or evacuation analysis, operational or whole lifecycle cost analysis, enhanced visualization, use of BIM for FM/operations etc, etc You should have a continued program of R&D (research and development) to develop the required skills within your business, and also to explore how BIM can be further leveraged to improve your business performance and offering to clients.

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While you enjoyed Xmas, this was going on at London Bridge Station

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