Whilst the snow started to fall we hosted our second BIM Open Mic on November 30 here in Cambridge.  Following drinks and food we got down to the serious part of the event and that was the open forum discussion that took place.

Many differing views from varying disciplines were put out to the room and a healthy open debate ensued, highlighting some of the challenges we face as an industry when trying to deliver to BIM Level 2 maturity.

The BIM Open Mic events are normally free to attend. The £10 charge for attending our BIM Regions East events is to gain committed attendance and help cover venue and catering.

We are thankful to our event sponsors SES and Digital Green, who covered the cost of the venue and catering. This meant the £10 charge reserved a place, if you turned up on the night then we would refund the £10 charge, if you didn’t turn up, then we donate their fee to charity.

We are delighted to say that even with a packed room, not one single person asked for their money back so we have donated £220 to Jimmy’s Night Shelter in Cambridge on your behalf.

Presentations from previous events

September 2017

The Good, the Bad & the Darn Right Impossible_Grayham Roper_Hoare Lea
ARM_Project_Kier Construction
Integrated Project Insurance_Emma Hooper


June 2017

Choosing the right tool for the job REVIEW
Choose the Right Tool for the Job BRIEF

January 2017

BIM Regions_UKBIMAlliance_WomeninBIM – Andy Boutle, Chair BIM Regions East, Kier Construction
BS1192 Information Naming – Sian Morris, Infinite BIM

September 2016

Sept2016 The common data environment– Nigel Davis, Evolve Consultancy
Sept2016_Client side Scoping Document – Chris Hinton, UoC & James Smith, Majenta
Sept 2016 Cost Management & BIM – Holly Davis, AECOM

May 2016

May2016_Crome Court case study – LSI

February 2016

Feb2016 An Introduction to BIM Regions – Andy Boutle, Chair BIM Regions East, Kier Construction
Feb2016 Standards in plain language – Rob Jackson, Bond Bryan

Our BIM Champs are:

Andy Boutle – Chair BIM Regions East

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.

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.

Grayham Roper

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.

Robert Hicks

Robert is a BIM consultant at PCSG, where his strong technical capabilities, combined with a truly collaborative approach, ensure that he effectively delivers benefits to a wide range of current clients across all facets of the construction industry.

Prior to PCSG, Robert has led major change programmes with some of the UK’s largest contractors and consultants and been instrumental in defining the cultural and technical change programmes required to deliver BIM.  Previously Robert worked within the manufacturing sector, consulting within the areas of Digital Prototyping, Virtual Reality and Product Lifecycle Management.

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

Craig Hardingham – Vice Chair


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.

Pam Bhandal

Pam Bhandal currently works as a freelance marketing consultant working with a number of different companies both within and outside the AECO industry.

Pam started her marketing career within the Education Software industry.  Her first foray into marketing was promoting educational software to secondary schools followed by 13 years of working within the automotive, manufacturing, building, engineering, design, infrastructure and the film and games industries.  Pam worked for Autodesk for a number of years helping shape their marketing and PR strategies.

Alongside her consultancy work Pam is now an executive director of the UK BIM Alliance and BIM Regions UK & IR.  She can be seen at many industry events across the country tweeting live or managing stands.