Last week I had the opportunity to join Keynetix, our geotechnical Industry Partners, at the Geotechnica 2012 event in Banbury. It is not often that I get to attend shows held in a marquee in the middle of a field and with all the rain we have had over the last few weeks it had a certain festival mud feeling to it.
From left to right (Roger Chandler, Jack Strongitharm (Me), Gary Morin)
Dr Roger Chandler, managing director at Keynetix, made a presentation on the first day which covered a number of geotechnical data management mistakes that you must avoid at all cost and I was pleased to see that one of this top 5 mistakes was “Ignoring BIM”
The geotechnical community is rapidly coming to terms with the advantages that BIM can offer it and it was interesting to see a geotechnical perspective on BIM models like the one below where there is no reference to the ground surface let alone what is below it.
Things are never that easy underground as the next example illustrates. This model was created in Civil 3D with the help of the Keynetix KeyHOLE product.
On Wednesday 16th November, we hosted the second Autodesk BIM Conference in London at Kings Place London.
Last year we focused on ‘educating’ the industry on BIM, this year the objectives was for leaders from construction and civil engineering firms to hear a review of the business benefits of BIM and BIM implementation strategies adopted by large firms and SMEs.
Speakers included senior level Directors from Kier, Mott MacDonald, BAM, HOK, Bryden Wood, WSP, David Miller Architects, Asda, Gatwick Airport and Balfour Beatty. Most importantly, we again managed to have the Governments Chief Construction Adviser, Paul Morrell present straight after our very own Phil Bernstein.
We had interactive polling sessions during the day, below is an example of those questions and responses.
Has using BIM helped you to win work in the past 12 months?
63% of the audience said YES
23% of the audience said NO
14% were unsure
Will BIM help supply chains to collaborate better in future?
92% said YES
2% said NO
Phase 2 of the BIM Conference is all about Implementation and we now have 25 events taking place across the UK and Ireland over the next few weeks with our partners – check out www.autodesk.co.uk/bimroadshow for the details.
When working on public sector contracts, we’ve heard that it can be a real hassle for contractors to get hold of the mapping data they need. And, let’s face it, even when they have the data, working with it in standard CAD packages can be a challenge too!
So what’s this about? Well, Autodesk have been working with the clever people at Emapsite and have what we believe to be the complete solution to the above.
And the date? On Monday 14th November at 11am we’re running a webinar, with Emapsite, to show just how easy it can be to access and work with mapping data. It’s free of charge, you just need to register and tune in on the day.
So – if you can spare half an hour (and potentially save days) of your time, do join us.
As a follow up to our two webcasts, Savoy has created a mini site based around the topic and also posted the webcast (UK.Europe one as I screwed up the other week a bit !) Also I have added two flavours of the dataset so you can drive on either side of the road so you can have a go by requesting trial copies of the software that you don’t have.