It was with a mixture of anticipation and excitement that I approached the Business Design Centre for the first day of Digital Construction Week. The previous evening we had had a packed reception with the great and the good at the Irish Embassy not only to launch DCW but also to announce the formation of the UK BIM Alliance to lead the industry to Level 2 implementation.
The place was already buzzing. Queues of people waiting to get in and lots of noise and activity. This is the second year the BIM Regions have been at DCW, and this year we’re jointly participating with the UK BIM Alliance.
Throughout the day we had some great talks from people like Elizabeth Kavanagh, Emma Hooper, David Philp, Raj Chawla, and others. We were packed out in our BIM Village Theatre, with standing room only a lot of the time.
We had many people coming along to ask questions and it reinforced my view that we have a long way to go in getting people across industry to understand what BIM can do and how this works.
David Philp introduced the concepts related to Level 3 and gave us a vision of what the industry and the world could be like in a few years time.
Elizabeth Kavanagh updated on the work of Behaviours 4 Collaboration. For me this was great as Elizabeth talked us through how the collaboration framework and tools had been developed over the last 12 months. We need to place more emphasis on the people element and how we can collaborate together successfully.
Emma Hooper talked us through single project insurance on an education project, with an explanation of the process and lessons learned. This opened up a very real conversation about how we can enable successful collaboration through use of the legal framework on a project – for me this was a real eye opener, and showed what can be achieved if teams are willing to learn together.
So overall we had a great time, and met a lot of people. However I guess the proof will be in the impact we have on our industry, and the reality is that we have a long way to go, but we’re on the road, and making progress.
My thanks to Ollie and all the team at DCW, for supporting us, and to Pam Bhandal for organising our programme. You did a great job! Thank you!.
JOHNEYNON. – Joint Chair BIM Regions UK.