Day two of BIM Show Live began on a slightly more somber note than yesterday (too many BIM beers sunk last night, perchance?), however the mood soon lifted once attendees had enjoyed some of the continental breakfast on offer.
Post-caffeine hit, delegates swiftly dispersed for the early morning BIM breakfast briefing and the various sessions on offer, whilst stragglers chose to explore the delights of the ‘Retro Room’ – a dedicated space for all things ‘geeky’ from yesteryears and a definite crowd pleaser over the past two days!
Session topics were hugely varied throughout the day, with delegates and speakers really starting to get into the nitty gritty aspects of BIM.
Impressive case studies highlighting how BIM has been put into practice on a number of impressive projects were the order of the day – from Zaha Hadid Architects’ mix of software workflows for the design, development and construction of the Eli & Edythe Broad Art Museum at Michigan State University, to BIM.Technologies’ approach to London’s 240 Blackfriars.
It was also interesting to hear speakers from outside of the construction industry talk around BIM and give their viewpoint on how it’s impacting processes within other sectors – a case in point being the legal profession, which has come under fire for appearing to seek out issues and problems associated with BIM adoption, merely for the sake of it.
And who can forget the BIM Storm Trooper and Chewbacca who are now a firm part of the BIM family, whilst Ermentrude continues to revel in all the male attention. Chewbacca even made an on-stage appearance this afternoon as part of Lee Mullin’s ‘Death Star’ presentation.
When gathering for the Chair’s closing remarks, you could tell delegates were reluctant for the event to end, but it wasn’t over yet. Next on the agenda was the much anticipated panel discussion entitled ‘the contractor’s perspective’, which saw three key players in the construction and client/demand side of the industry go head to head in delivering a short presentation on BIM and how it’s working for them, followed by an open Q&A session with the audience.
The session was summed up with the inevitable question of where the speakers think the industry will be when we come to BIM Show Live 2018. Here’s a snapshot of some of the closing remarks:
“No more ‘us and them’, boundaries will move and projects will see benefits in working collaboration.”
“There will be a greater understanding of the reason behind why we’re all doing this – for data collection!”
“There will be less concern about risk transfer and more model sharing.”
Finally, ending the last 48 hours on a high; this year’s event saw the introduction of ‘The Bimmy Awards’, ahead of the inaugural closing drinks reception. These awards aim to honour those companies and individuals that have raised the bar of quality over the past two days.
And the winners were…
Best classroom presentation: Kath Fontana, BAM
Most innovative BIM solution: Soluis
Best Tech Hall Presentation: Rebecca De Cicco
BSL Top Gun: Dave Lee, BIM director, HDR
Thanks to everyone who took the time to stop and speak to us over the past couple of days – its been an exciting launch across two BIM-packed days! We hope you enjoy the site, want to be part of our community, and continue to come back and see what fresh news, video interviews and comment we have to share with you over the coming weeks, because it doesn’t stop here – it’s merely the beginning…