Tag Archive: ThinkBIM

Jul 15 2016

Collaboration, BIM and FM

Last week’s ThinkBIM conference focused on the transition of data from construction to facilities management. FM is getting more involved with BIM from the earliest stages of a project, and will collaborate more frequently during project delivery. The latest ThinkBIM half-day conference (on 6 July at Squire Patton Boggs’ new offices in Leeds, and sponsored …

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Jun 02 2016

Open data, BIM and the semantic web

‘Semantic web’ technologies potentially expand the richness of data made available to built asset decision-makers. UK SaaS collaboration vendor GroupBC is leading progressive thinking in this field. The latest ThinkBIM ‘twilight’ seminar, held in Leeds yesterday (1 June 2016), looked at the wider application of data relating to the built environment. Too many BIM events …

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Dec 03 2015

Joined-up data needs joined-up CDEs?

Mature BIM use in future will increasingly require owners and their supply chains to share both legacy and real-time data about multiple assets. Being able to extract data held across multiple CDEs will be increasingly important.  Yesterday, I attended the final ThinkBIM conference of 2015 (“BIM outside the Building”, organised by Leeds Beckett University’s CKE); …

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May 19 2015

Digital construction autumn 2015

Construction IT conferences: are we beginning to move beyond BIM and look at other, related fields, and to do so more affordably? The recent heavy focus on BIM has seen some UK construction IT conferences become a bit repetitive (and, sadly – particularly for SMEs – often expensive), featuring the same speakers, the same case studies, …

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Dec 12 2014


Adopting BIM is not just about technology and data, it’s also about culture and behaviours. A new group, Behaviours4Collaboration is focusing on this aspect. The longest chapter in my book on construction collaboration technologies was devoted to human aspects of collaboration, underlining a common industry maxim that successful collaboration is only 20% technology and 80% people and …

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Mar 07 2014

Real-time, mobile and social: FieldLens launches at ConExpo

Mobile-first collaboration provider Fieldlens offers a more mobile, open and real-time approach that reflects contemporary technology use. While many UK construction folk have been visiting east London’s ExCEL and wandering around the Ecobuild exhibition halls this week (more about this later), in the US, it’s ConExpo-Con/Agg time in Las Vegas. Among the technology exhibitors at …

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Oct 08 2013

Thinking about BIM, SaaS and the Common Data Environment

A lengthy Twitter conversation last night and this morning has got me thinking about the Common Data Environment (CDE), BIM and the role of the various Software-as-a-Service collaboration vendors that operate in the architecture, engineering and construction space. Common Data Environment As many readers may know, the UK government has mandated building information modelling for …

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May 22 2013

Thinking BIM and FM

ThinkBIM is helping formulate industry thinking on BIM for FM, but we need more integrated, cross-disciplinary approaches. It is now almost exactly two years since the UK government published its Construction Strategy committing to the adoption of BIM by 2016 (July 2011 launch), and gradually the thinking is becoming more joined up. Over the past …

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Apr 22 2013

4Projects updates amid busy BIM babble

During a busy week of BIM-related meetings and conferences, North-East based businesses such as 4Projects and Kykloud featured several times. Last week, I was pretty much BIM-ed out (see below), so I had to postpone a couple of blog posts until this week. 4Projects’ new release Having visited Sunderland and SaaS construction collaboration vendor 4Projects …

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