Best BIM! Bad BIM! – Dr Stephen Hamil

Dr Stephen Hamil reflects on the highlight and pitfall of his BIM journey so far…

Best BIM experience:

Being part of the Build Qatar Live team and working alongside Mott MacDonald, Cundall, Ryder, Turner and Townsend, Colour UD and BIM Academy as a collaborative team for 48 hours. We were the winning team too, which was of course, very nice.


Worst BIM experience:

I’m not sure I’d describe it as the ‘worst’ experience, but definitely the most challenging is getting information to flow between the tools from different software vendors.



Lessons learnt:

For Build Qatar Live, 41 countries took part and to come out as overall winners was a great experience. It was also fantastic for a number of members of the NBS R&D team to work side by side with construction professionals in terms of a learning exercise.


On the interoperability front we are still both learning and contributing. We have been members of buildingSMART from the days when it was the International Alliance for Interoperability. I think we are making big steps forward in the right direction. Our latest specification tool now works well with COBie data and has beta functionality in terms of IFC export. In terms of National BIM Library we now have processes in place that creates content in a number of formats including IFC through a semi-automated process.


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