BIM Task Group

The South West BIM Region is a dynamic forum embracing a wide variety of interests within the construction environment. The South West is a well networked location with well networked professionals and this environment lends itself to supporting the opportunity presented by BIM.

This forum will be used to collaborate across the profession in order to establish mutually supportive relationships with fellow practitioners during an exciting evolution for this industry.

We plan to offer the following initially;

  1. Stakeholder research to establish our scope and remit
  2. Ongoing dialogue regarding the CPD needs of the construction industry
  3. A website with a no nonsense up to date set of useful reference materials and links to other resources (including forums).
  4. Six seminars and a conference per year to share best practice… and most importantly a network of built environment professionals with open minds and big ideas

There will be considerable flexibility over what can be offered based on the emerging requirements.

Our group “SW BIM Region” on Linkedin can be found here.

We would ask you several things as a BIM Region member.

  • Please keep us up to date with what you need from the Region and your interests and aspiration for BIM.
  • Please share who and what you know in a collaborative way so that we can share this knowledge.
  • Please publicise the Group to others who may benefit from it.

We look forward to your involvement with the South West BIM Region. Any hints or tips please get in touch….

For and on behalf of the South West BIM Region
Elizabeth Kavanagh

Twitter – @ElizabethKavan6

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Post Occupancy Evaluation Sessions

BIM and Soft Landings Seminar, Southwest BIM Region and UWE Faculty of Environment.

Videos from seminar

Liz Kavanagh (Stride Treglown)

Andy Kingdon (Stride Treglown)

Trina Ratcliffe Pacheco (UWE Estates)

Discussion, Mark Shelbourn (UWE lecturer)

South West Regional BIM Region 2nd Session_Frome

What; The South West BIM Region presents a case study approach to BIM 4 SMEs in Architecture

When; 27th March at 4.30pm to 6pm

Where; We will be hosted by NVB Architects in a particularly lovely venue, a converted chapel which should create a great atmosphere. Please come to Rook Lane Chapel , Bath Street, Frome, Somerset, BA11 1DN 

For who; SMEs and particularly those looking for a case study in BIM from an architects perspective (follow up sessions planned to take alternative perspectives)

Our first speaker Andrew de Silva davidmillerarchitects

Speaker profile ;  

Das leads teams on multiple projects across the practice, using his strong technical and organisational skills to develop design briefs and to agree programmes and deliverables with our clients. He has experience on a broad range of projects from inception to completion, in both the public and private sectors including housing, education and hotels. A recent success includes gaining planning permission for a client to develop a new 23 storey hotel in the prestigious Aldgate Masterplan. A key part of practice’s adoption of BIM (Building Information Modelling) technology, Das continues to lead strategic R&D projects and speaks on the topic at industry events.

Andrew will

  • Summarise the Process, Benefits and Costs associated with BIM, and its implementation; from an Architect’s, Design Team and Stakeholders’ points of view through the project lifecycle.
  • Showcase a couple of the smaller projects that we have worked on to explain how BIM has enriched and streamlined the design and delivery process.
  • Provide an overview of the type of work that we are now able to deliver as a result of using BIM tools.

Our second speakers are NC Architects Bill Pier and Derek Marshall.

The main focus of their talk will be a case study of two projects being done using BIM. The first project is for Ferrari Maserati and it demonstrates the efficiencies of BIM for a small practice on a multimillion pound project. The second will be a small complex block of residential flats for a housing developer in St Albans. This project demonstrates how 3D BIM helped us accurately resolve the structure in the computer as well as easily and accurately communicating our designs to the on-site team allowing them to construct the roof with no delays, problems or queries.

Bill Pier

Architect and Project Manager – NC Architects

ARB. BA (Hons) Architecture and Planning. B Arch. Post Graduate in Professional Practice Management in Architecture.

Bill joined the firm in 2000 and his specific area of expertise is in commercial buildings, particularly in Motor Dealerships taking projects from inception to completion dealing with all aspects of the project from preparing client briefs to producing design and technical drawings and managing the on-site processes as Contract Administrator. Recently completed projects include a Ferrari Maserati dealership in Swindon (2012), a Motorrad dealership in Bristol (2012) and more recently the commencement of a Porsche dealership in Tewkesbury, all of which have been undertaken with BIM principals at their core.

Bill has extensive experience with Revit, 3D Studio, Photoshop and InDesign software whilst being a key part in the office BIM R&D.

Derek Marshall
Director and Architectural Technologist – NC Architects

Derek joined the firm in 1977 and has an extensive background in the technical aspects of residential house building.  Derek is responsible for the management of the companies IT systems, staff training, BIM R&D and cad systems.  He has expertise in Revit and Autocad and manages the drawing programme for the developer housing clients as well responsibilities for the quality control of information generated by the company.

This next session is PDF attached The Bim debate.

SW BIM Region – Open Shareable Asset Information (COBie) – 7/4/14

This BIM session on the 7th April outlined the aims and experiences of the design team working on an early adopter project using COBie.

This reference MoJ project based on a standard Kitchen model demonstrated how COBie is being used at Level 2.

This enabled discussion of the merits and the limitations of this format to enable those about to use the format to engage with it more fully.

Speakers were:

Anthony Walsh MCIAT whose role on the project was Project Design Lead who outlined COBie and how it was intended for use by the client.

Dean Hunt-Project BIM Manager who covered our role of Information Co-ordinators and the teams approach to this COBie task.

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