From common data environments to satellites, the next ThinkBIM conference in Leeds is a great opportunity to learn about BIM and other data initiatives.
I have been a long-time supporter of the ThinkBIM initiative run by Leeds Beckett University and other partners.* Almost since the start of the UK BIM programme in 2011, Leeds has hosted a series of regular evening and half-day events offering construction industry people an opportunity to learn about building information modelling and related processes and technologies outside “the London bubble”. And to make things even better, the events are very reasonably priced, and are currently hosted in excellent facilities (at lawyers Squire Patton Boggs) in Leeds City Centre – about five minutes walk from Leeds railway station.
The next half-day conference is on the afternoon of 13 June 2018 and will cover BIM and Open Data from Land, Sea and Space, connecting BIM to wider data initiatives from open data to satellite surveys. As well as the usual workshops to explore subjects in more detail, there will be three speakers:
- Karen Alford , BIM/GSL Programme Executive at the Environment Agency. As an asset owner, the agency has spent time documenting and structuring standards, data and document requirements. Karen will be returning to give delegates an insight into the their digital journey and next steps.
- Trevor Mossop, Technical Services Manager, JT Mackley & Co. Ltd. Trevor will be presenting on their businesses experience in Connecting Data and looking at how BIM on coastal and flood defence projects can be linked to Geographical Information Systems via their GroupBC ‘common data environment’ to provide easily accessible asset information (almost exactly a year ago, GroupBC hosted a seminar at the GeoBusiness event describing Thames Water’s of its GeoConnect+ platform – I’ve added a video link at the bottom of this post).
- Sakthy Selvakumaran , PhD Researcher at University of Cambridge and Engineer at CBS Eng Consultants . Sakthy is a Chartered Engineer who was listed in Forbes 2016 Top 30 under 30 in Europe list and has worked across different roles, continents and cultures as an engineer. Sakthy will be presenting her research on “Can satellites really detect millimetre-scale movements from space?”
For more details and to register for the event (£80 per delegate or FREE for Yorkshire & Humber Constructing Excellence Club members), click here.
(*Disclosure: I provided some paid communications support to the university in the early years; I am on the ThinkBIM steering group)