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Well, what can we say – that was a fascinating event.  In fact we think it may be the first of its kind where we managed to get four different design authoring tools together AND working on the same challenge set by us!

A mixture of vendors/resellers stepped up to the challenge representing four of the leading design authoring tools:
Autodesk Revit – demonstrated by Matt Baker, Excitech
Vectorworks – demonstrated by Samit Patel, Exertis
AECOsim – demoed by Rob Jones, Cadventure
ARCHICAD – demoed by Pelin Gurkan, Graphisoft

Read our report below.  And keep visiting the website to get details of our next event.

Presentations from previous events

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.

Georgios Kapogiannis

Georgios is a Senior Lecturer for the Anglia Ruskin University, Department of Engineering and Built Environment and a Non-Executive Director for Polita Group. An expert in the area of Digital Construction Engineering – Management, Georgios investigates how to improve collaboration in construction management by using state of the art of digital technologies.

In possession of a PhD in Construction and Project Management from the University of Salford, Georgios has had various academic, consultancy and professional positions for consultancy companies, contractors and clients in the United Kingdom, Middle East, China and Greece.

Craig Hardingham

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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 BIM Manager at Willmott Dixon Construction and is responsible for the development and implementation of BIM and digital construction across London and the East of England. She is also a core member of the WDC strategic and technical BIM teams, 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.