Could Google technology transform BIM and the built environment?

Have Google developed the next era of Building Information Modelling (BIM Level 3?) or even an alternative? Reports via GLOBES News from Google X , the company’s secret development unit, (the unit responsible for driverless cars and Google Glass) provides exciting but tantalising news of a new construction technology, known as Genie. Google X’s construction technology project had a … Continue reading Could Google technology transform BIM and the built environment?

Amory Lovins, Restorative Sustainability, System Thinking … and BIM

I recently came across this great quote from Amory Lovins at the Rocky Mountain Institute (and used in a recent BIM Beyond Barriers report) “As we shape our buildings and then our buildings shape our lives, we can choose to create abundance by design, not scarcity through inattention. We can design radically efficient buildings that take nothing, … Continue reading Amory Lovins, Restorative Sustainability, System Thinking … and BIM

BIM: More than just an information model

Last month I was delighted to present and explore ‘BIM, Building Information Modelling’ with Yorkshire CIBSE members. I wanted to reinforce a few BIM issues, in particular that BIM is just not about buildings – but facilities BIM is about collaborating and continues the collaborative working journey started way back in Building Down Barriers, Rethinking Construction and … Continue reading BIM: More than just an information model

BIM Survey – More Contractors than Architects using #BIM

  A recent, still to be published survey shows some very interesting BIM usage stats:   The percentage of companies using BIM  is now 71%, which is a jump when comparing previous statistics, with 17% in 2007 and 49% in 2009. More contractors (74%) are using BIM than architects (70%) for the first time. 49% … Continue reading BIM Survey – More Contractors than Architects using #BIM

PQQ Specification PAS 91 now to include BIM

I have blogged a number of times on PAS 91, the Publicly Available Specification for PQQ’s, (eg here) and on BIM, Building Information Management, (eg here – What is BIM) But … until now separately … It is encouraging to note then that Construction Manager published news that the new version of PAS 91 will include BIM, … Continue reading PQQ Specification PAS 91 now to include BIM

BIM and FM who needs to educate whom?

Another resounding success for the CKE ThinkBIM series today that explored Building Information Management and Facilities Management and raised acutely pertinent issues and questions for future debate. There certainly was much learning and sharing, from Deborah Rowland’s keynote, (Cabinet Office and Soft Landings) on the round table discussions, from Marty Chobot (FM Systems) on a … Continue reading BIM and FM who needs to educate whom?

When our Green Deal and BIM worlds collide

Rushing from a Green Deal event in Lancashire to the ThinkBIM BIM event in Yorkshire has me thinking of when and how these two seemingly separate worlds and agenda will collide. Green Deal, if successful will drive mass refurbishment of domestic, non domestic and commercial existing properties with an objective of reducing energy costs / … Continue reading When our Green Deal and BIM worlds collide

What is BIM

The following article was written to introduce PauleyCreative’s excellent BIM Infographic  illustrating the recent NBS BIM survey, providing an important snapshot of our collaborative working BIM journey and future directions. It was also hosted on the 2degreesnetwork site as part of their BIM series. It feels the article has been ‘on tour’ and received good responses … Continue reading What is BIM

Lancashire: Green Deal, BIM, Green Building and Social Media events

Hi, here is a quick update of Lancashire Construction Best Practice Club related events in the NW region over the coming months which may be of interest: Green Deal: If you have been following the news you will have seen that £3.5m has been released for Green Deal training and news is expected soon from Ed … Continue reading Lancashire: Green Deal, BIM, Green Building and Social Media events