Which application is talking to the internet?

With the advent of “always on” connections we lost that control over knowing the software we using is doing in the background without our knowledge. Whilst it can be benign it can also cause mysterious “hangs” and sluggish response in applications. Also did that “no I do not want to share my data” really work? This tool might ease your mind. It lists every connection both local and internet and tells you which app is doing what and when. You can even stop that process if you want to. Very useful.


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All Your Assets are Belong to us – Moving to a Data Centric view of the world #bsl2015

Stage 3: All Your Assets are Belong to us – Moving to a Data Centric view of the world

 3:45 PM – 4:45 PM

In the context of BS1192 the UK is steadily moving toward a future that results in high quality asset information delivered to owners. This is a great step forward for the UK and the industry.

The industry must begin to put data at the centre…. We believe this is the only way to reach Level 3 BIM.

In most 3D model centric workflows the benefit seen by the owner is not as easily seen by the design and construction teams. To get benefits from management and collecting information the industry must begin to put data at the centre. In this approach the 3D model is just one of many possible connected kinds of information that can describe an asset. We believe this is the only way to reach Level 3 BIM.

In this class I will describe this approach and provide case studies on how HOK is beginning to move to a data centric view in our project processes. The class will also provide illustrations of how we are beginning to use like FME and dRofus to enable this transition on top of open standards like IFC and BCF.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn the benefits of putting a data centric view of a project at the centre of your process
  • Explore how different technologies can begin describe and collect this data for your firm
  • Understand how open standards like IFC and BCF can server as the backbone of a data centric design and construction process


Greg SchleusnerFirmwide Director of buildingSMART Innovation – HOK
We would prefer a fusion process over fission. At the moment there are a lot of people in between activities. Similar to the days of operators connecting calls. New technology in an old implementation.We are trying to use technology in a forward thinking way but hitching it to a process that does not support it. Rocket booster size/train/track width/chariot wheel base. Things were around drawings so the trend was to have things around a model. Is this right?
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You need to be able to stitch this all together. A thing exists and it has an identifier. After linking ensure that you can continue to mine data about a thing. How do you link laserscans to space data?With flexibility come great opportunities. Computers are not doing enough for us. A lot of the tools we like are those we watch work. Bcf is made for people and not for computers. Software vendors don’t recognise this paradigm. Bcf transmits object ID and a carbon unit based description. Not computable format. I thought the cloud was computers and not just disc drives. Why are we asking so little?CMC – carbon monitored computerWhat are we working on:Separate data from modelFocused workflowsIdentify out needs. 
Sharing data, keeping it live. You have to wait until someone is complete until you can work with it. Once you articulate the challenge you can start to see the solution. Light location, housing, wiring. Three models of the same decision. Allowing a shared but separate representation, needs to be solved. Sometimes lots of effort but you also need action. 
Needs : database, translator that can talk to databases and a model store. 
Recipe for the test kitchen. Drofus, FME and 3D repo as tools. Drofus works on an open source database which FME can see. Www.safe.comFME acts as a router. Manipulate information as its passed through. Links to google docs and spreadsheets. It can carry out data validation of solids etc. 3d repo model store can be queried, data and geometry. Version control and differencing. Example – what were the last 10 operating theatres you did and what do they look like. Version control and differencing. One step synching and communication. You can put web based input the system. So maps. Query the context from open street map. 
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Drofus tracks changes well using differencing. Data needs to be portable, assessable, transformable and flow automatically. 
“They are two things I don’t like change and the way things are. “
Drofus makes unique spaces rather than types which challenges use at scheme design. Robust but not complete 3d dats handling. 

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Business value of photogrammetry in infrastructure projects #bsl2015

Stage 2: Business value of photogrammetry in infrastructure projects

 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM

Photogrammetry is one of the most promising areas in bridging the physical world and the synthetic. Especially in civil and infrastructure construction where surveying traditionally is a manual and labor consuming task. The convergence of several trends such as miniaturization, cloud computing and augmented reality has enabled NCC to combine technologies to create an autonomous surveying platform based on a photogrammetry and traditional surveying techniques.

At NCC this has not only given us the opportunity to accurately survey larger areas with the same resources but it has also contributed to giving the surveyor role a new and innovative face.

We will outline some of the key drivers behind the program together with some figures on the potential savings photogrammetry can give.

Showing a number of use cases for a small Arial platform only using a camera; from initial area assessments increasing the accuracy in bids to calculating total volumes extracted from quarries, determining progress on road construction to producing as built accurate models of sewage and freshwater pipes in residential areas. Quickly capturing reality data and moving it into the virtual world creating a correct representation of the current environment to be used in the design, both for new production and for renovation.

Learning Objectives

  • Business value of using photogrammetry
  • Current limitations and pitfalls
  • Key uses cases for UAV platforms for photogrammetry


Patrik Lindvall
Manager ICT Applications – NCC Construction Sweden

Core value as a company of looking forward.
Lots of speculation about the future by futurists
4p bottom line
Demands are coming from society. Expectations of those growing up in our society are very different.
The next generation workforce. A consumer based product brought back into the company to meet the expectations of the youth.
The earth is over 4 billion years old but did not come with a built in FM system.
Risks are drivers in infrastructure.
Poor quality initial data, gathering has risks so how to be more efficient and attractive.
We are becoming lightweight nomads. Not fixed to a place or company.
They wanted to change their industry. Make it more attractive.
More high tech than heavy tech.
Needed a platform to get a camera high into the air.
Two things drive this. Adoption, awareness, understanding, support and champion. Change to UAV raised awareness as its was pretty cool in an engineering company. Understand by doing. It means you can support it better and a better informed customer when procuring 3rd parties. Gave 6 champions as an outcome.
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Technical was solved in 2 months after talking to photographers.
Then came legal and insurance in order to operate the machines.
The IT was only 5/10%
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Visual inspection by the building inspector reducing cost of access and safety risk.
Use of picture models. You get the site hooked on this info, they will not want to go back. This will create a demand on design. This will put the demand on the customer to specify it.
Being able to do vertical is inspections save costs on kit and reduce health and safety risk
Some images can be use directly and some need processing.
Is the weather a limiting factor, depends on what you want to capture. Contrast, shadow elinaition, colour.
Asphalt roads are harder to number crunch than open pit quarries.
Higher accuracy, lower flight speed. Lower accuracy, higher flight speed.
Looking for a balance between bandwidth versus local processing.
It’s a not a toy, it’s a platform for efficiency and safety.
A UAV is classed as a commercial aircraft.
Regulations vary around the world. U.S. Have to be trained pilots, Sweden they retrained a QS.
Potential restriction on aerial photography.
Issues with capturing images of people.
Problems with unprofessional “actors”
With all these problems why not get a third party. Immature market, varying quality and levels of professionalism.
Looking to set the standard for 1cm photogrammetry.
Due to the size and complexity of quarries UAV outperformed laser scanning.
60% lower costs and 10% better utilisation. Most of all improved work safety.
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To renew our industry we need the right people.
Be responsible and fly safe.
Lidar is under investigation but payload issues. Limited to 7kg.
Auto runs but you must have an operator as backup and keen in line of site. Manual take of and landing.
Permits to fly in cities. Have to be well away from airports. Fly in fenced off areas.
Takes 5 days to train a pilot.
Operator launches, observes and lands. The rest is controlled by a mission planner.
Visual inspections has a pilot and the inspector controls the camera.
Establish visible markers on the ground for controls and georeferenced.
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Chair’s Remarks #bsl2015


1:45 PM – 2:15 PM

Chair’s Remarks

Date: , Location: 


Clients starting to think about ROI
Clients need to take a share of the benefits.
Starting to get really concrete examples of delivery.
It’s been done and can be demonstrated. Manchester grapheene Center.
Promises made in 2010 have come to fruition.
Bringing things together and not just innovation for innovation sake.
Coordinated BIM approach across Europe.
Clients are interested in paying for research for long term gains.
Information management as a knowledge and business process.
Driving real improvement in the industry and society.
Level 3 is more than the next stage on the wedge, but it’s moving into performance.
Be able to procure more capacity from less resource.
Maximise the availability of assets.
Reduce whole life carbon.
Closer to the mainstream and how digitally enabled countries should operate.
Potential to move to digital trading.
Setting forth on level 3 you have to first look back at level 2.
We have critical mass.
A body of knowledge.
Willingness to deliver the product.
  1. The market availability
  2. The market behaviours. It’s time for the industry to rebalance.
  3. Client outcomes. Is competitive advantage visible
  4. Client expectations. Specify, manage and meet them.
  5. Do the clients have their own readiness.
  6. Do clients have a route to value. If you can link value to owner/occupier/tenant you have something really powerful.
  7. Are you ready for the tipping point? Consolidate level 2.
  8. Do oraganisations have strength and depth.
  9. Can you demonstrate performance.
There are two audiences. Those that need to be brought along and those that are driving it forward.
Have to concentrate more on delivery of benefits.
Think about performance, performance and performance.
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BIM Specification & Supply Chain #bsl2015

Panel: BIM Specification & Supply Chain

 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM

This is a session not just for manufacturers but for everyone involved in specification.  We will look at the key considerations associated with specification and BIM and how BIM is set to shape and change the entire process.

Panel Host


Craig Sewell
Brand and Marketing Director – Cubicle Centre
Bim is not unique or limited to the design phase. The NBS toolkit for all. 3 or 4 years ago people would not have “got” the need for the toolkit. 
Who needs what, when and why?
“The house that BIMstore built.”

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As a manufacturer using BIM to improve their internal processes. Aim to get their components in early. 
“You can never have too much information” dependant on procurement and  project type. Recurring type of project versus the one off. 
“Less is more” focuses people on why a piece of information is important. 
Two levels of components. One for manufacture and one for specification. 
Having the data fields and actually filled in with the correct data. 
Need for a simple tool for manufacturers to contribute their data without the complexity. 
Structures are well on board, MEP are having to in order to meet the FM. Architects are not full engaged in a model centric process. 
Procurement is a focus to achieve a soft landing for information delivery to construct.
In a circular economy a buildings value varies over its lifecycle. 
Cobie has actually got us all talking about data. It’s a stepping stone. 
Cobie the data schema versus cobie the spreadsheet. 

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landscape BIM #bsl2015

Stage 1: Landscape BIM

 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM

This lecture will examine proposed and established processes of Landscape BIM.

Including examples, visualisations, diagrams, videos and a Q&A session at the end. This lecture will allow professionals from across the construction sector to get a better understanding of what is happening in Landscape BIM. From geodesign to GIS and back again via a host of IT tools and datasets.

The lecture is split into two main themes. Landscape BIM at the site scale, or site BIM, and landscape BIM at the super-site scale, or Landscape scale BIM. Each section will examine the construction work that is being done in the Landscape at that scale with new and emerging technologies. Then the section will give an overview of the professionals who are involved, examining areas where improvements have been made. Also included will be the data and information that is being used, where it is coming from, how it is being used, and how it is creating greater quality outcomes throughout the construction lifecycle.

We’re covering two topics: Landscape BIM at the site scale, and landscape BIM at the super-site scale.

At the site scale, site BIM works with buildability, design interfaces and the terrain. With the professional input of arborists, ecologists, civil engineers and architects. This process deals with the implications of applying man made construction to real world situations. Implications can include building regulations, planning policy, ecology and social impacts and spatial coordination.

At the super site scale, or landscape scale BIM it brings together mapping, infrastructure, planning and urban design. With the professional inputs including professionals such as Ecologists, Landscape Architects, Town Planners, Urban Designers.
Super-site BIM deals with: geospatial location; landscape context; integrated green and grey infrastructure; urban design; planning designations; and, human and physical geography. The tools available to the landscape scale.

With examples throughout, the lecture will provide a stimulating, varied and informative overview of the developments in this field.

Learning Objectives

  • An understanding of the data sets and tools that are available to leverage the benefits of Landscape BIM. How these are being used and how innovations in technology are creating more robust, user friendly and responsive environments.
  • An insight into the technological BIM trends in this area, how they apply at different scales and times within the construction lifecycle to analyse, design, communicate and realise development in the landscape.
  • An understanding of what professional relationships are impacted upon by Landscape BIM and how new and enhanced information sharing capabilities between professionals will improve the effectiveness of the construction lifecycle.


Professor Nashwan Dawood
Director – Centre for Construction Research & Innovation (CCIR)
Partnership between practice and university. Research and then it’s application. Presentation in two parts. The first by an associate. The second part the future. 
BIM is over used as a way to flavour things. Improve efficiency and effectiveness. Site optimisation through the use of cut and fill. Typically a civils activity. A design, geologically, landfill tax and logistic exercise. Different types of software that have to be interoperable which is a challenge. Link to project planning and workflow optimisation requirements. 
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Analysis is a big part. Not just a modelling activity. Specification is a challenge with joint coming up 249 times in the digital plan of work, but things are improving. 2015-04-09 09.45.59
Ecology and arboriculture are two areas not often seen in the usual interfaces. 
Does not understand the fixation with Revit by architects. Interface. Footprint and slab level. 
Modelling/simulation of plantation as a landscape asset is almost impossible. Difficult to achieve. Visual screening for town planning. Phasing and buildability. A desire to plan and organise by the designer rather than leave to the sub contractors.Landscaping is often as complex as a building. Platforms civil 3d, pads and Revit. Civil 3d takes time to set up but modification and iterations are straightforward. Pads is easy to set up but lots of rework to alter. Whilst research is good, but companies have budgets.
They chose Revit but it’s not ideal so API was used to add functionality for their own use. 
Creating objects that are intelligent and working with gradients that work!!!
Having to make the most of what is available. 
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Created functions in Revit using c++
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Very early work in cobie and should have results this time next year.
Landscape scale BIM the future :Last 3 years of work. Semantic modeling and leveraging it in an unconfined way. Lots of information but it needs to be integrated and not looked at in isolation. Semanco – semantic tools for carbon reduction in urban planning. 
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Enabling scenarios for stakeholders At the heart is the semantic modeling of data
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Outcome : a more liveable and sustainable urban environment. 
Analysis of energy consumption and then informed decision making to address the issues.  Www.eecities.com

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BIM for Health and Safety: Virtually Sorted #bsl2015

Stage 4: BIM for Health and Safety: Virtually Sorted

 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Too many people are killed and injured in our industry each year, despite the best efforts of all parties concerned. While many are utilizing BIM for efficiency gains and improved profit margins, perhaps fewer are considering health and safety.

This class highlights the wealth of opportunities that BIM provides to improve health and safety standards and effective coordination: the means to exploit the potential of BIM. Contemporary examples of innovative practice on a variety of projects will aid understanding and provide inspiration for the audience.

Even in times of economic downturn, construction is still one of the largest industry sectors in the UK. It is also one of the most dangerous and hazardous. Publications such as the Eagan report have pushed for a 20 per cent reduction in reportable accidents, but despite the rate of injuries over the last 20 years being significantly reduced, construction remains a high-risk industry in which to work.

The incorporation of health and safety into BIM, is, as modern parlance would have it, a ‘no brainer’

Although it is not new, BIM has seen a huge uptake in interest in recent years. This is partly as a result of Government support, but mainly due to great leaps in technology. Tiny differences in input can result in overwhelming differences in outcome; this is especially true of health and safety. As we stand at the verge of a new digital era we must aspire to make better and safer decisions through innovative and collaborative working enabled by Building Information Modelling. However, the basic principle is simple. BIM is about gathering, using, interpreting and transmitting information.

Is it such a departure, therefore, to consider how health and safety information might be included in a BIM? Is this not a massive opportunity for those of us working in construction to embrace this technology and its development, together with the increased efficiency and discipline that it brings? The model environment essentially becomes a backdrop for a zero harm culture.
The commercial advantages are fairly obvious, but the potential benefits in improved health by reducing accidents and deaths are so great as to be almost unquantifiable.

As the industry begins to see how these two topics can and should intersect, this class provides context and practical advice by exploring how it will shape the health and safety professional’s role, and what tools and processes will need to be embedded in future. The health and safety role is evolving towards collaboration, structured data and sharing of information as BIM – the incarnation of these sensibilities – increasingly underpins construction practice.

The incorporation of health and safety into BIM, is neither something which is the exclusive preserve of the ‘technology’ generation, nor something which is beyond us as health and safety professionals. It is, as modern parlance would have it, a ‘no brainer’.

Learning Objectives

  1. A new approach to safety innovation is needed. As the potential to influence and prevent construction injuries decreases exponentially as a project progresses, an effective form of safety-programme elements occurs at planning and preconstruction phases. How can BIM help this?
  2. What practical applications can be developed at each stage of the construction process to improve it health and safety, and how do the users of this information become part of the process and interact with the rest of the design team?
  3. In order to get the best from BIM for health and safety coordination, some important general questions need to be answered. What information can be gathered? How can it be translated into something useful, which adds value to the health and safety arena?


  • Stefan Mordue
    Architect & NBS Business Solutions Consultant – NBS

Member of the bim2050 group
Building information for dummies is out in summer.
Publishes approached UK authors.
Story telling is important for health and safety
Health and safety can be traced back to Babylonian law.
In 1930 1 death per $1m dollars spent.
Ons/UK contractors group statistics.
Government construction strategy , health and safety does not get a mention.
To get new talent it has to be a safe industry.
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Hazard vs risk. Not the same thing.
Opportunities :
Mobile tech has to be thought through. Rugged and available to physical workers.
Tracking and sensing – My zone worker alert system.
Training and communication. Getting essential information to site. Programme on a large tv. As basic as that.
Death arising from the language barrier. Could visual have been better.
Balfour Beatty smart box. Computer station in a steel box left on site.
Coventry simulation centre for cave virtual reality. Blended learning and simulation.
Rehearse and plan before getting to site.
On site verification but also update in the field.
Be aware that current policies band devices on site.
Integrating BIM and safety : an automated rule based checking system for safety planning and simulation.
Detect apertures of a certain size.
There will always be human intervention.
MGF out visual understanding videos on you tube.
On site clash detection by factoring in time to analyse periods of high risk.
Turner construction – BIM safety submission in New York department of buildings
Zones of no go areas, in a crane sweep for instance.
BUT…this is all too late in the process.
The mcleamy curve also applies to health and safety.
Most effective safety programme starts at planning and pre con
Think about hazards
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CDM 2015 and BIM go hand in hand. Association of project safety
CDM coordinator replaced by the principle designer.
Proposal for pas1192:6 risk and hazard information for H&S. Aec3 bim4h&s group
How to embed H&S information and data management.
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H&S information has an incremental growth through the process.
Cobie data drop input from mordue and finch
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Think of an object as a placeholder for data and geometry.
How to record and present hazards. Simple exclamation on the model to schedule and display for hazardous materials.
4d model with she markers.
Ifc has a property set called risk.
Cobie has an issues tab
Option to put data on a website is about the same cost as the lever arch files.
Let’s start thinkng about a digital health and safety file.
Human behaviour is the biggest impediment.
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