BIM Show Live announces first seminar streams: the detail’s in the data

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BIM Show Live announces first seminar streams: the detail’s in the data

BIM Show Live is taking place on Wednesday 1 and Thursday 2 February 2017, and after an amazing response to its call for speakers last month, it is today announcing the programme for the first of its seminar streams: Data.

Of the four seminar streams; Data, Stories, Next Generation, and Strategies, the Data stream allows us to delve into the inner workings of BIM, what really makes it tick and indeed why we need the “I” in BIM.

Kicking off with the first Data seminar of Day 1 will be Scott Ellis from Aros Architects with an interesting take on whether or not BIM can overcome human error and his ability to count bricks! Followed by Drew Wigget of NBS, explaining the importance of good quality product data that is reliably consistent – after all, we need to put our trust in product data therefore it’s the manufacturers responsibility to get it right.

Tom Sweeney from Ergonomt then promises to deliver BIM five-ways. Not from your typical technology background, starting working-life as a carpenter, Tom brings a new and fresh perspective to digital construction.

And we end Day 1 with a question, can data be sexy?  Nick Tune from coBuilder certainly seems to think so!

We can see from the four Data seminars on the programme for the first day that there is an eclectic mix of themes from these industry thought leaders, a veritable smorgasbord of data delights to capture our interest and cater for all tastes.

Rob Charlton, CEO at Space Group and joint founder of BIM Show Live gave BIM Crunch his view on Day 1: “BIM Show Live is all about challenging the norm and we didn’t want to bring people the same old tales of BIM that they have been hearing for the past five years. We’re offering a programme that with hopefully educate our audience on how to create smart data and help those who are perhaps struggling to reach Level 2 achieve this goal.”

“There is also a debate session planned to compliment the Data stream, looking at the reality of BIM Level 2 and what this actually means to the industry. We will dissect the possible deliverables and offer valuable advice and guidance on future planning.”

Day 2 is where things get more technical, with Thorsten Strathaus from Flanagan Lawrence starting the day by analysing data outputs and validation.  Whilst Nigel Davies from Evolve in the following session questions do we give enough consideration to the structure and use of our data? And offers insights into how to resolve this data gap.

Lee Mullin from Autodesk adopts a no nonsense approach to the principles behind the UK mandate and may suggest that we are using acronym’s a little too much!  And closing the afternoon sessions is Rosemarie Andrews from Hot Algorithmic Architecture with an insightful look into BIM interfaces and the planning process, explaining how this can be improved to assist in sustainability and conservation.

It certainly appears that BIM Show Live is bucking the trend of traditional BIM and digital construction presentations adopted by other industry events over the past few years.  With alternative thinking and real results that can be shared and recycled to benefit the masses.

Rob continued to say: “Typically data is a rather dry subject and not for the faint hearted once we dive into the technical properties, coding and complex algorithms. At BIM Show Live we bring data to all levels of comprehension so that all who attend the show can understand and more importantly enjoy it.”

BIM Crunch lists the full Data stream seminar programme below, which is due to go live on the official BIM Show Live 2017 website next week:



12:00                     Bricking it!

Scott Ellis, Aros Architects

13:45                     Manufacturer’s product data, why do we need consistent quality data?

Drew Wiggett, NBS

14:30                     A butcher, a baker and a cabinet maker

Tom Sweeney, Ergonom

16:30                     Sexy Data – the data that the AECO sector should be using

Nick Tune, coBuilder UK




10:00                     “Let’s Get Judgmental” – Analyzing & processing Revit Projects for automated output & validation of COBie data

Thorsten Strathaus, Flanagan Lawrence

11:45                     It’s all about the data

Nigel Davies, Evolve Consultancy

14:30                     OMG BL3 LOL

Lee Millin, Autodesk

16:00                     BIM, GIS, Town Planning and the Local Plan Model on the Cloud.

Rosemarie Andrews, Hot Algorithmic Architecture


The next set of seminars will be released tomorrow, watch this space for details on BIM Stories and a sneak peek into what works, what doesn’t work and the ambitious views of the rebels in our industry who aren’t afraid to take risks.