@BIMShowLive 2017 opening address and keynote

Chairs Opening AddressSpeaker: Simon Rawlinson, VIEW BIOG
Have we been doing the right thing? Construction leadership council is focused on digital, manufacturing and performance. (In that order)
We are challenged by the complexity of what we do. We have to be able to explain things in the language of an infant and to be able to enthuse your audience so that they engage and want to get in board. 
What are the consequences of bringing together data and digital for our industry. 
Keynote – Nell Watson

Speaker: Nell Watson, VIEW BIOG
 Building a better world with machine intelligence. 

Child minds increase in complexity by 2% per day. 

Brain parts – reptile – mammal – frontal cortxt. 

Two systems. Dual process theory. 

System 1 makes assumptions about the world. 

Machines lack the capacity to make reasonable assumptions. 

Learning through teaching/structured, play/unstructured and reinforcement. 

Convolutional neural networks

Singularity university

Aipoly app for the blind for shape recognition

Most of the algorithms are 20 years old but the training data has only been available in the last 3 years

Any process that a human can do in a 1 second loop can be done by machines. 

Intuitive intelligence is now a utility. 

Big data – knowledge – experience – creativity. 

Company – automated insights

#neuraldoodle to synthesised image

Magic pony technology

Virtual realms for a full fat world 

Predicted sound

Interactive dynamic video. 

Crot spot

How machines can protect our world. 

For the time bring it makes sense to keep the human and the machine together. 

Machines can learn from other machines. Autonomous cars learn collectively from other autonomous cars. 

Machines learn in both the real world and virtual world. 

Ubiquitous intelligence. 

There is more computational power in the bit coin hash network than the top 500 supercomputers. 

Swarm intelligence within the buildings trying to understand their users. 

Flip side being security of such power. 

Hacking of control systems. 

The new age of the machine payable web. Machines will be paying for things on your behalf as well as earning money on your behalf. 

Your autonomous car could uber on your behalf when you don’t need it. 

Anticipatory design. Netflix. Nest. Pandora. “No thinking”

Pinterest algorithm for finding objects in photos. 

Generative design. 

Computer optimised design than can only have been created/invented by machines. 

Design by financial return. 

Design by style and generative design. We go from creator to curator of machine made content. 

We don’t know who is going to win Web 3.0

Appeal to bots may have more leverage that appeal to humans. 

These agents are beginning to understand us. Personality insights. 

USC institute for creative technologies simsensei

All the hard things are solved. The soft stuff, not so. 

Intelligent machines that truly understand us, help us, do things on our behalf. The best of man and machine working together. 

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@BIMShowLive 2017 my picks for day 2

Chairs Opening AddressSpeaker: Simon Rawlinson, VIEW BIOG
Keynote – Nell Watson

Speaker: Nell Watson, VIEW BIOG
“Let’s Get Judgmental” – Analyzing & processing Revit Projects for automated output & validation of COBie data
This session will present how real-life architectural projects have used Dynamo Studio to accelerate time consuming challenges like model maintenance/auditing Revit models, verify the data and preparing it for COBie export.
We will explore how Dynamo Studio can automatically create valuable project reports and export them to Excel and Power BI. For example creating reports of elements which have not been modelled to best practice, flagging them in the model to streamline corrective actions.
We will also touch on some limitations of Revit dealing with warnings and automated workarounds to help correcting them.
Finally, I will demonstrate ways to check your data before exporting for information exchanges and creation of COBie data.
Speaker: Thorsten Strathaus, Flanagan LawrenceVIEW BIOG<http://www.bimshowlive.co.uk/speakers/?view=programme174&speaker=174&gt;
Followed by
‘Auf Wiedersehen, BIM – an International Perspective
Across the globe data is becoming a critical raw material of the modern construction organisation turning that into meaningful insight will drive a new wave of sector innovation.
As we enter a new cognitive era of construction there are many questions that need answered:
• How will AI and machine learning impact on construction?
• Is there a growing need for under understanding and reasoning and insight based on an industry awash with data?
• What will machines learning to scan huge amounts of data to predict costs and get clients best deals – mean to the professions?
From BIM mandates to supplier innovation we are witnessing digital disruption on a worldwide scale. This presentation will examine the key issues of improved functionality to the existing BIM value proposition and show how this is manifesting across the globe.
Case studies will be referenced especially from Australia and New Zealand including who Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW) are and why are they spending AU$11Bn/yr. on infrastructure
– the TfNSW Digital Engineering Scoping Study:
– Capability and Capacity
– Information Requirements
– Processes and Procedures
– Standards
– Technology
– Impact on supply chain across Australia and government approach to DE/BIM
– I3<http://www.aecom.com/solutions/security-resilience/i3-aecom/&gt;. AECOM’s new Information Management service:
– overview, genesis, market plays, project examples (Denver Airport, Sydney Opera House)
– Summary thoughts on future of industry – Construction 4.0
Speaker: Steve Appleby, AECOMVIEW BIOG<http://www.bimshowlive.co.uk/speakers/?view=programme189&speaker=189&gt;
Next to:
Keynote – Peter Runacres, Argent
On to:

My presentation on augmented reality with a quick run to the station to get the train back to the smoke which means I miss the closing sessions. 


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@BIMShowLive Do you REALLY want Manufacturers content

Do you REALLY want Manufacturers content? Success stories in re-purposing MFG Content for BIMWhen adopting BIM, the longest slog is creating the family files that you’ll need to generate your designs productively – but there is so much great content out their already on building product suppliers websites, couldn’t you just use that?
We all know that it’s not that simple. Manufacturing models are not only far more complicated than we require for BIM, they rarely contain the data we require. So how can building product manufactures, suppliers and specifiers work closer together to share data in a way that benefits all parties?
In this presentation, we will tell the stories of customers who have taken on the challenge. We will look at the problems they’ve faced, the solution’s they’ve implemented and discuss the merits of each.
The challenges of sharing data with the right amount of detail at the right time are by no means solved. We are interested in your views on this subject and we look forward to some lively debate!
Speaker: Paul Munford, Graitec UKVIEW BIOG
Most of this came about thanks to the power of copy and paste. 

Digital protypes – do clients care?

In buildings we have context. 

Not present in digital prototypes. Relationships to other objects only. 

As accurate as possible for manufacture. 

In BIM we go the other way. We start large and work down. 

Manufacturer data runs to about 500 components, BIM is many more. 

Usually distributed cad systems. “Part files”

Model one to make millions. Model millions to make one. 

Digital manufacturing have no concept of detail levels. It’s all 1 to 1 and exactly as built. 

Modelling kernels are different. 

Parametric are lost in transfer because of the kernels. 

Data transfers pretty well. 


Does transfer geometry, data, MEP connectors and appearances. 

Does not transfer parametrics, groups, voids and lines. 

Off the shelf or bespoke or custom. 


Cad files available?

Parametrics required?

MEP connectors?

Detail levels/2D?

BIM platform?

File format?


Data to include?

Aimed at MEP designer 

White sales – solution to use inventor to design as design in a revit family is a mare. 

Inventor 2017 only exports to revit 2017 so this needs to be born in mind. 

From inventor and wrapped up in a revit family. 

Dumped a DWG into a client empty family file. 

You can open a revit project file in inventor. Crop box around an area rather than the whole model. 

As ACIS sat file for reference. Interesting point of collaboration. 

Scolmore – minigrid

360 configurator uses the forge API

Ipart in inventor. 

iLogic tools. 

Provide revit families rather than the native. 


Geometry and data depends on target audience use. Difference between detail and accuracy. 

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@BIMShowLive Sainsbury’s Digital Estate – Harvesting Asset Data from Existing 2D DWGs

Sainsbury’s Digital Estate – Harvesting Asset Data from Existing 2D DWGs
Mike and Mark will tell the story of Sainsbury’s BIM Journey and how it is now part of a much bigger Digital Estate Programme. The implementation team has dealt with a series of curve balls over the last 18 months implementing a new common data environment together with a project to harvest object and room area data from over 1400 existing 2D store drawings. They will talk about the cultural challenges, the tech and the standards and introduce you to SID and SAM, the characters who now help them explain to colleagues what digital estate will mean to them.
Speaker: Michael Barber, Sainsbury’sVIEW BIOG
Speaker: Mark Stoggell, PCSGVIEW BIOG
Buzzsaw. BIW. Network drives. Store space for store fit out plans. One place for tracking data. ICON – component type – 17 years of standards. Petrol filling station database. How to make 2D plans as intelligent. Project hive for snagging and KPI. And more ….
Info in lots of different places. No single source but how do you integrate. 

Work done around 3D models and objects. 
Used for stakeholder communisation as most of it is a big shed. 

The rise of the discounters. 


High speed creates challenges with version control. 

Carried out model audit. Do drawings match and do as builts match. 

Sometimes quicker to do retrospective collection then to hunt down archive data. 


To digitise and effectively manage all data related to building and asset information. Delivering a love view of the existing and future estate. 

The right systems – defined data – culture and training – the right proces. 
Deliver three things. 

The filing cabinet. 

A database. 

Process manager. For right place and right time. 
Went for business collaborator. 

Subject matter experts : PCSG

Evaluated the client as having models but not even level 1 BIM from an information point of view. 
Asset hierarchy. 


Translate BIM terms into the client langauage. 

Classification jif or jif?

Selling space. Not basmemet. Lower ground floor. 

Cultural challenges. Address through engagement and comms. 
Valdiated information prior to consolidation into BC.

7500 fit out components and spec items. 

Only links are used to connect data, the data is not pulled into the model. 

Able to do this due to a long established use of iCON

Now have a national database of their trading estate. 
All linked through One Property. Used some API work to do system connections. 

Plan is to move this forward into IFC. 

Key is making people accountable for checking. 


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@BIMShowLive Scaled Robotics

Keynote by Stuart MaggsWe have not changed that much since 1930 construction methods at its core. 

Doing new things – vertical progress 

Copying things that work – horizontal progress. 

Spreading inneficieny through globalisation is obviously bad. 

Construction productive has flat lined. 

There have been huge advances in software. 

Reduce in structural materials by new analysis/design/manufacture skills and process. 

We design digitally but still construct manually. 

We are constrained by our tools. 

We now have greater complexity with tighter margins. 

Solution? Robotics? 3D printing? 

Problem – the printer needs to be bigger than the object being printed. Not scaleable. 

Swap out the big machine for smaller/agile machines. 

Manual – passive – active – interactive – proactive – intelligent. Stages of robotics and sensing with perception to be interactive. 

It is easier to fill a volume than to optimise it. Moulds/form work. 

Speed vs quality using additive manufacturing. Team based robots address this. 

Resolution – cost – flexibility – scaleability. 

Cheap hardware with sophisticated software. 

Phase 1 is being worked on. First prototype in the next 6 months on site. 

Onsite connection to the digital model. Finding errors in real time. 

Simulations currently to test algorithms 

Real time registration and understanding of the robot perceived environment. 

Cross reference model with robot data. 

Once data is captured then the robot can act upon the environment. 

“Acting on the world”

Marking out drywall 35-45m per hour. Robot could do 360m per hour. 

Easy to use. 

Collection platform. 

Onsite digital layer of infrastructure. 


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@BIMShowLive Integrated Project Insurance: turning construction on its head…because BIM alone cannot do it!

Integrated Project Insurance: turning construction on its head…because BIM alone cannot do it!
WARNING: not recommended for people who are set in their ways and who don’t like change!
There is always strong focus around the technology side of BIM but for this to work efficiently and to get true value from BIM as an industry we need to take a long hard look at ourselves.
We are notorious for being ‘behind the times’, for blaming each other, being reactive and for being unproductive – BIM on its own is not going to solve all these problems.
We need to go back to basics, look at how construction projects are structured and how we behave within them – to do this we need to change procurement, which in turn means changing what we know and how we go about delivering projects.
The 2011 construction strategy introduced three new methods of procurement one of which was Integrated Project Insurance (IPI).
The session will explore why current procurement methods make us unproductive and wasteful as an industry.
It will introduce IPI as a new form of procurement and run through the basics of the new method.
It will explore the connections between IPI and BIM methodologies.

Finally, it will focus on the world’s first IPI project at Dudley College and lessons learned.

Speaker: Emma Hooper, Metz ArchitectsVIEW BIOG
Fragmented. Inneffective. Adversarial. Is this really our industry?

Wrote a paper – rethinking the practice of construction. 

Adopt partnering and become lean. 

We still need to deliver better value. 

Information is not flat. 

Information chaos theory. Too much information. Causes errors and increase risk. Standards and process bring order to this. 

Information waste. 

Lack of or over production. Duplication by redesign by supply chain

Unproductive information. Liability and silos to assign risks and blame. 

Information barriers. 

If construction/building were products then the client would take it back for a refund. 

BIM can fix it? We need to look at prevention rather than sticky plasters. 

Egan and Latham did not ask industry And clients to improve what we have but to reinvent it. 

Project structure and behaviour need to change. BIM can’t do it alone. 

We need to change procurement. Fear of liability has taken over. 

The Game of Blame. 

Where there is uncertainty we revert to type. 

Time to reset the industry through the mellenials in management positions. 

IPI : Need – select – align – prepare – execute – monitor. 

Client has to set a well defined need. 

Constructor and not contractor. 

3 new roles under IPI

Is gain share proportionate? Equal to all apart from one. 

Always refer back to need at each stage. 

Dudley college advance2 first IPI project. 12m FE college facility. 

One pool of knowledge. 


Object matrix, primary models and secondary models (analysis)

Roles redefined on a work package basis rather than discipline. 

It’s all about selection. Language and education. Work with them and use non BIM speak. Someone who is willing to change and learn and not someone who lies on a form. 

Interface between jargon and BAU. Huge BIM docs are not going to help. 

What’s next. Need to carry on momentum. Generational shirt. 

Distributed ledger. Blockchain. Smart contracts and cryptocurrency. 

Potential transparent payment. 


Summary #image

Www.gov.uk and search integrated project insurance. 

Area to be looked at is how to incentivise sub contractors. 

Need more clients to take on IPI. 

Behavioural workshops were part of the PQQ/ITT process. 

Mindset change was the hardest part. 

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@BIMShowLive Legals of BIM

Digital Construction’s Wonder Women present The Justice Legals of BIMIs the BIM Protocol as robust as the Lasso of Truth? Are the Employer’s Information Requirements and the BIM Execution Plan as sturdy as indestructible bracelets?
Sarah and Ashleigh will dispel the legal myths around digital construction and discuss the legal structure behind BIM. This presentation will look at what is required legally to implement Level 2 BIM, whether current contracts and procurement routes cater for this and how this is all being approached in practice.
Speaker: Ashleigh Cole, Herbert Smith FreehillsVIEW BIOG
Speaker: Sarah Rock, Herbert Smith FreehillsVIEW BIOG
Putting theory into practice. 

Generally act for developer clients. 

What do you want from BIM – procurement – legal considerations – documentation and BIM protocols – roles and responsibilities 
The 8 pillars 1192-2 to 5. DPoW. Classification. GSL and BIM protocol. 
Current market. Closer to level 1+ no level 2 projects yet. 
Contract architecture and risk. Big picture. 


The why is then captured in the docs. 

Test how BIM is applied at each stage of the procurement process. 

BIM used across all contract types. 

You can contract for a collaborative project but you need a collaborative mindset. 

Reliability for pricing. Efficacy investigation possibly. 

Who is responsible for federating information multi main contract models? Not always clear or considered. 

Examples of the supply chain being unable to keep up with information delivery and quality. This needs to be assessed during procurement. 

JCT2016 amendments need to be closely scrutinised. 

Consider feeding into smart cities. 


What is the status of the model. Is it a contract document? Are the scopes of services consistent across the consultant team. E.g. Attendance of coordination meetings. 

Will contractor move into a compliance role. 

Will 2D still have a place. 

Sub-sub contractors. All data or sub sets. 

Is the model a contract deliverable. It’s in the EIR.



BIM protocol 


Standard form is currently undergoing comments. 

Options. CIC. Amend. Or bespoke. The industry is used to a contract with a schedule of amendments. 

CIC is one size fits all. Not ideal and ambitious to try and address all contracts. 

Look at some of the clauses. 

E.g. CIC takes priority over a bespoke appointment this creates an “interesting” situation. 

Review IP if it fits with the rest of the contract. 

“Reasonable” is a tricky word. 

Design responsibility vs MPDT. How are they aligned. 



Split clouds at client gateway. Seeing this being more common. 

Roles and responsibilities. 

Information manager. 

Comes down to scopes as to whether they facilitate or do. 


Good results around independent consultant. 

How can you sign up to reasonable care for non designers looking at design documents. No case law. 
Because every contract is separate you do need a document that is over arching so that’s the protocol. So protocol becomes non negotiable.
In the deal of novation is when you tweak common reference terms. 

When the employer becomes someone different as responsibility cascades. 
Responsibly to site risk and ground conditions are a heavily negotiated area. Risk sits with the person who is best able to manage it. Negotiation and debate. 

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