From snow to sunshine.  Our most recent event fell on a glorious Spring day at the Bradfield Centre in Cambridge.  The title of of the event was Digitising Construction and following a short presentation from our sponsors MLM about the work they carried out on the Bradfield Centre (our venue), Mark Farmer was up sharing this thoughts on the state of the industry today.  Following Mark, was Paul Oakley who talked us through the value of BIM.  Our final speaker was Dr Jennifer Schooling who talked us through the Centre for Digital Built Britain and the objectives of this group.

You can find all the presentations to download below.

Our BIM Champs are:

Grayham Roper – Co-Chair BIM Regions East

grahamGrayham Roper is a BIM Manager at Hoare Lea in Cambridge responsible for technical and strategic BIM implementation. Grayham is also a key contributor to the Hoare Lea central BIM team developing best practice for the company.  Grayham has over 12 years experience working in the Building Services side of the construction industry, for sub-contractors, main contractors and design consultants, this experience allows him to understand the requirements for different parties at each stage of design and construction. Previous to this he spent 5 years working in manufacturing.

Grayham has been involved with the implementation of BIM at project, office and organisational level since 2009, and believes that above all else, the key to successful BIM implementation at any level is good communication and commitment for the people involved.

Grayham it’s currently studying an MSc in Building Information Modelling Management at Middlesex University.

Alex Palmer

Alex is the BIM Manager at Smith and Wallwork with over fourteen years of experience in the industry. His knowledge of various CAD software platforms ensures smooth interoperability between disciplines.

Alex is an expert at using the latest 3D CAD and BIM techniques to exchange information with the design team and contractors. He has a broad ranging experience from specialist timber structures through to complex geometry and highly serviced buildings.

Karl Thurston

Karl joined Graphisoft as BIM Consultant in 2017, to help customers improve their workflows and use ARCHICAD more effectively; to provide detailed customer insight to Graphisoft product development teams, ensuring that software solutions meet the market needs; and to build closer links with universities and colleges.

An architectural technologist by training, Karl has a passion for buildings and the built environment; he always looks for ways to innovate, developing systems and procedures to mitigate risks, improve quality and drive efficiency.

An advocate of Open BIM, Karl strives to bring design and construction teams closer together, by facilitating more effective collaboration and communication to deliver improved building assets

Andy Boutle

Andy is responsible for the implementation of BIM within Kier Construction Eastern and leads the BIM team across the wider Building UK business for digital strategy, documentation and governance.

With over 15 years’ industry experience in various engineering and management roles for both consultants and contractors, Andy applies his engineering and construction knowledge to the new digital ways of working at a practical level.  He is also a firm believer in the ‘human’ side of BIM, promoting integrated team relationships and improved communication.

Andy is a BRE BIM Level 2 Certified Practitioner, holds EngTech LCIBSE professional membership and sits on the UK BIM Alliance engagement team.

Craig Hardingham – Co-Chair BIM Regions East


Craig is BIM Manager of MLM Group with over 18 years’ experience in Engineering, covering all aspects of graphical modelling and detailing for a wide variety of projects.  He is responsible for the production and coordination of information as well as the preparation, review and implementation of MLM’s BIM Standards.

Craig’s qualifications include HND in Structural/Civil Engineering, an EngTech MICE professonial membership and is a BRE BIM Level 2 Certified Practitioner.

His passion for technology and collaboration has led Craig to developing a number of digital workflows between BIM Authoring tools.  He has also assisted in the East Dormitory COBie Test Project

Emma Rees

Emma is a BIM Manager at Wates and is responsible for the development and implementation of BIM and digital construction across the Northern Home Counties. She is also a core member of the Wates BIM team, developing group wide strategy, procedures and protocols and sharing lessons learnt and best practice across the wider business.

Emma has 10 years’ industry experience, working with main contractors in both buildings and infrastructure. Emma began her life in the construction industry working in CAD, moving into Architectural design and finally BIM and digital construction, where her passion lies.

Bryn Mainwaring

Bryn is an Architect with over 20 years industry experience, including BIM and CAD management. A freelance BIM consultant and also BIM Manager at Chaplin Farrant Architects. His passion is organisational BIM strategy and change management focusing on implementation.

Also, studying for the final thesis year of a part-time MSc in BIM Management at Middlesex University.