Waking up at 4am to catch the first train from Euston to Manchester. I was making a sort of pilgrimage to be part of a growing industry of people all with a common interest… BIM. This would be my second trip to The BIM show Live and I was excited.
For those who are unfamiliar, BIM is the acronym for Building Information Modeling and is the methodology behind a shift from the analogue way of thinking (i.e. drawings being sent back and forth between contractor, engineers and architects) to a digital one. BIM is using a digital model of a building making it easier for everyone to understand. The digital way of thinking saves time and money for the client as you can design buildings much more quickly than before. The way this is done is through a collaborative process using a central virtual model which can be altered and updated in real time, reducing mistakes and improving the quality of the building. The benefits don’t end there, but let’s not get carried away.
As I arrived at The BIM Show Live in Manchester, I instantly recognised the vast majority of professionals there. From the late nights chasing referrals and messaging through LinkedIn, this had finally made its mark. Walking around I was able to interact freely with people who perhaps were not so receptive in the past. It was great to put a real face to a name!
I listened to a number of interesting talks after the dramatic entrance of David Philp at the opening address on a Sinclair C5! Some of which were incredibly engaging, some were beyond my understanding. The BIM for SMEs talk was one of my favourites of the two-day event. It involved the audience and really asked important questions about things like COBie and it’s relevance for small and medium practices.
Several sessions later it was the end of the day and time for #BIMbeers and networking. By this point I had accrued a number of friends. Some of whom I had placed in the past and some brand new. Despite not being a BIM Manager or Technician I ended up engaging in a number of conversations about BIM and the genuine frustrations within the industry. The general consensus was that BIM has come a long way but there is still a long way to go especially when it comes to standardisation.
After quite a few #BIMbeers, the night before the next day was much more subdued. The feeling had shifted to less emphasis on networking and more on how to fix issues within BIM. As I walked around I observed that recruiters like myself are part of the solution. Despite not being the best received throughout the industry, we have a responsibility to supply our clients with the right staff and to educate those clients who may be unsure of how to approach adopting BIM.
At Adrem we think it is essential that we do this as we are the barometer for change. With the 2016 Soft Landings approach deadline drawing ever nearer, it was clear this is at the forefront of a number of practices’ minds and it is our job to ensure we are a help rather than a hindrance. I came away feeling that many practices are not 100% ready, but I did feel as though the BIM Show Live is an invaluable resource for practices of all sizes looking to get to BIM Level 2.
Recollecting from the opening talk, Constructive Thinking quoted “BIM is like an Elephant on the horizon, you know it’s there, you can see it, it’s big and it’s coming towards you”. I think this is a great way to describe BIM almost like a force of nature. The question is: will you be ready for it when it is fully integrated into the industry in January 2016?
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Adrem will be hosting a breakfast seminar during May on “Why Is BIM Good For Small Practices?”
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