BIM4Housing Cardiff Recap: “A collaborative message for a collaborative process”

Logo Credit: BIM4Housing
Logo Credit: BIM4Housing

One week ago today, industry group BIM4Housing held their latest event in Cardiff, Wales, a conference that featured one of the most diverse rosters of speakers for a one-day event this year.

Those from a client perspective, contractors, sub-contractors, supply chain representatives, consultants, solicitors, and software providers shared the knowledge and know-how with one another and delegates in attendance in an event that has been described releasing “a collaborative message for a collaborative process”.

We gave a short recap of the event last week featuring social media conversation and reactions from those who attended. Today, we bring you a concise report of the event’s proceedings from Dan Rossiter, BIM Consulting/Training Manager at the BRE. The Welsh professional is also a member of the BIM2050 Group, and he delivered the keynote presentation at the event.

Read Dan’s thoughts below.

Tuesday was the final of the BIM4Housing conferences held across the UK which was held in Cardiff and lead by Andrew Carpenter, Chairman of BIM4Housing and Chief Executive of Constructing Excellence in the South West. Andrew introduced the session and discussed the in-development BIM4Housing benefit matrix, a tool allowing clients to review how BIM would be of benefit to them. As the local BIM talent, I was asked to present the Keynote. My presentation was an overview of BIM, with a focus on what developments have been happening in Wales in regards to BIM. I cited little Government steer as a key factor in the lack of BIM adoption in Wales.

The conferences main speakers were an impressive range of stakeholders from throughout the construction industry. As client, Graham Clarkson of Clarkson Alliance discussed the Meadow Road case study. Contractor Wates had Chris Barker, their BIM Regional Manager, present on how BIM is incorporated into their housing strategy. Interestingly, both Graham and Chris citied a reduction of post-contract amendments as a key BIM advantage.

A contractor is only as good as his sub-contractors, cue Nick Milestone of B&K Structures. Nick addressed BIM within B&K providing a particularity interesting perspective on how timber and steel analysis software have developed. Then Andrew Orriss, Head of BIM Development at SIG Insulation presented on BIM within the supply chain.

In addition to this range of professionals there were two additional speakers. Alan Tate of Trowers & Hamlins discussed the legal aspects of BIM with a hilarious self-deprecating introduction, while the event was concluded with Mike Keane of Autodesk presenting on the concept design tool Infraworks 360.

All in all, an interesting day filled with a lot of different professionals. I doubt a message on BIM’s benefits has been stronger than when it has been provided by the client, contractors, sub-contractors, supply chain, consultants, solicitors and software providers all under one roof; a collaborative message for a collaborative process.

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