BIMBrunch: Dr Stephen Hamil

Stephen first started working on NBS products in 1999 and has played a big part in the developments of products such as NBS Building, NBS Create and the National BIM Library.

He has a particular interest in Building Information Modelling and has been one of those who had led the work at NBS to change specification data from “words on a page” to “intelligent objects describing the building”. Prior to joining NBS, Stephen studied at Durham University. His first degree was in Structural Engineering followed by a PhD in the digital modelling of building structures.


Favourite website

The is the best. From the weekly newsletters to the published standards to the information about the “BIM4…” groups. This should be on everyone’s bookmark list.


Best book

Assembling a Collaborative Project Team – Dale Sinclair If you want to fully utilise BIM you need to get things right at the preparation stage. Dale Sinclair’s new book that looks at this in the context of the RIBA Plan of Work 2013 is essential reading.


Top event attended recently

The buildingSMART event in Doha Qatar at the end of last year was fantastic. With all of the potential construction opportunities around the 2022 World Cup it meant that the interest around the event and the speakers list was fantastic.


Favourite Twitter handle to follow

It’s really hard to pick one. But the top 10 BIM “tweeters” as chosen by BDOnline is a good place to start…


Blog you regularly read

Firstly, I think we need more BIM bloggers. We have 100s of people with great opinion on BIM on Twitter – but a only a small percentage have blogs. It’s not a big step to turn this activity into a blog. If I had to pick a favourite though – I’d go for Space Group’s Rob Charlton’s – a good mix of opinion on architecture, technology and the north east of England.


Networking event you regularly attend

I would highly recommend the thinkBIM events that are run by Claire Bowles from Leeds Met. Claire and the supporting team always get super speakers and they keep things interesting by having a nice balance by not just having speakers, but also round table sessions. Credit must also be given to the effort that goes into making these events work over the internet to – through Twitter, live blogging and video streaming.


You can follow Stephen at and at his blog