BIM Task Group

Product data, call for proposals

March 16, 2016Tamara DaleNews

The BIM Task Group in association with the CPA, BIM4M2 and CIBSE are looking to develop a standardised process for the sharing of product data, including a plain language dictionary to enable both those requesting information, and those providing it (product manufacturers) with a common set of parameters relating to harmonised standards, other recognised industry documentation such as CIBSE Guide M and NRM3, and other industry agreed terms. The terms in this dictionary will then be available to create product data sets, and share data across other software platforms through the use of unique identifiers for each unique parameter. The dictionary and template tool will be freely available to industry through the CPA website by the end of April 2016. The dictionary will be mapped to the ISO Industry Foundation Classes.

We are seeking proposals from interested parties to provide a self-funding solution to host the dictionary and data sets tool, and enable their ongoing development through registered authors, and maintenance for a time period to be agreed, but no less than 1 year from launch. Please provide expressions of interest no later than 18th March 2016, with final proposals to be received no later than noon on 24th March, for review and final decisions to be made on 29th March with a kick-off meeting to be held on 30th March.

Interested parties will receive a copy of the draft product data standard that more fully describes the requirements of this activity no later than 18th March.

Whilst the focus here is initially on the UK market, the approach is developed to be scalable to an international context, enabled through mapping to the Industry Foundation Classes and internationally agreed terminology. This will also enable the flexibility to provide information in a format that a manufacturer is familiar with, and for it to be presented to the requester in a format they are familiar with.

For further details contact:  Steve Thompson

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FARO, Autodesk & UCL AEC tech collaboration day

July 17th, 2015 

You are invited to join a FARO and Autodesk AEC tech collaboration day, to be hosted by and held in association with the University College London.

Point Clouds are becoming the new currency of 3D as built documentation. With the latest innovations in Autodesk software and the continued development of FARO’s laser scanning technology, the integration of point clouds into AEC workflows has never been easier with such possibilities for accurate modelling, as built verification and visualisation.

On the day you will have the opportunity to learn tips and tricks from Autodesk’s Lee Mullin and Faro’s in house Engineers Chris Palmer and Si Horton.

Date: Friday 17th July 2015
 9:30 – 3:30 (lunch is included)
 Darwin Building UCL London

View LINK for more information.

NI BIM Hub web pages update

by: Mark McKane

Northern Ireland BIM Hub have updated our pages.

We published NI BIM Hub Steering Group Directory, full list of Hub Steering Group Current Members, the summary of Steering Group Up-Coming Events, Notification for the implementation of Building Information Modelling in Northern Ireland Government construction contracts, BIM Collaboration in Northern Ireland chart and some photos from our Award Winning ‘Build Newcastle Live’ team submission on 20th March.

Build Newcastle Live NI BIM Hub Photos

ICES BIM 2015 Conference

ICES BIM 2015 Conference

31 March 2015, London


In May 2011 the Cabinet Office published the Government Construction Strategy. It stated that “Government will require fully collaborative 3D BIM (with all project and asset information, documentation and data being electronic) as a minimum by 2016.”

Unlike many professions, the civil engineering surveyor provides an integral and continuous role to the BIM process throughout the whole life cycle of a built-environment asset.

Do you fully understand the BIM context and what it involves?

As a Commercial Manager or Geospatial Engineer will you be BIM compliant by 2016?

Line-up to include:
Peter Hansford FCInstCES, Chief Construction Adviser to the Government
David Philp, Head of BIM Implementation, UK Cabinet Office
Mervyn Richards OBE, Author of PAS 1192-2-2013
Barry Gleeson, Thameslink and Network Rail

View Conference Agenda

Visit CICES.ORG website for further details.


Launch of Digital Built Britain

February 26, 2015Tamara DaleEvents, News

Today 26/2/2015 Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable at a site visit in London announced the launch of Digital Built Britain, the UK Level 3 Building Information Modelling program.

The works will build a digital economy for the  construction industry in support of dramatically improving delivery, operations and services provided to citizens.

The programme will build on the standards and savings delivered by the BIM level 2 initiative which has been central to the £840M savings achieved on central public spend in 2013/14.

Regional BIM event: video presentation

The video link from a Technology Alliance member, from a recent regional event, demonstrates how software can be used to support urban and site planning activities by exploring design concepts in context.

RICS BIM Conference 2015

12 February 2015, London

RICS member early bird offer: Book before 31 December and save £25

Book your place:  +44 (0)20 7695 1600







The benefits BIM delivers throughout a project’s life cycle and the cost savings are substantial. However a considerable cultural shift is required if BIM is to be properly implemented across the built environment, ahead of the Government’s 2016 deadline for its use on all centrally procured public sector projects.

The BIM value proposition includes having a greater understanding of the entire life cycle process from the beginning so that we can better understand the end results. Customers are not always getting the assets and the outcomes they want or need, and BIM can help rectify this.

The RICS BIM Conference returns for the 4th year with clear guidance from experts on how BIM is used on projects, in various sectors, and their experiences of implementing BIM in practice. Assess where the real benefits of BIM lie and how the QS, FM and operational sectors can seize the opportunities BIM offers.

Key features include; what is expected of you when implementing BIM, dealing with challenges and overcoming barriers, as well as meeting your clients’ demands. The day will highlight lessons learnt from implementation and the role of BIM in supporting the operation of an asset. Industry experts, advancing the use of BIM, will lead sessions in two break-out streams with sessions focused on strategy, management of data, processes, value and future developments in BIM.

Speakers include:

David Philp, Head of BIM, UK BIM Task Group and BIM Director – EMEA, AECOM

Terry Stocks, Deputy Head of the Estates Department, Ministry of Justice & Delivery Director for Level 2 BIM (to be confirmed)

Brent Mauti, Enterprise Head of BIM, CH2M Hill

Vasileios Vernikos, Head of BIM Development, Transportation – Europe, CH2M Hill

John Kerbey, Head of BIM, HS2

Will Hackney, Head of BIM Strategy, Transport for London & London Underground

Gary Ross, Principal Consultant, Excitech

Tolis Chatzisymeon, CEO, Nomitech

Alan Windle, European VP & Business Development Manager, Nomitech


Break-out 1: BIM in current practice
Break-out 2: BIM evolution

View Full Programme – PDF File


View RICS BIM Conference 2015 leaflet for further details –  PDF File

RICS BIM Conference 2015 Screenshot



Northern Ireland BIM Hub Steering Group APPOINTMENTS

Applications deadline: Tuesday January 27th 2015

Contact: Mark McKane, CIC BIM Hub Champion NI ( )

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The NI BIM Hub Steering Group is refreshing its membership. We are planning further BIM awareness and knowledge dissemination events for the incoming year. They are a great way of networking with BIM enthusiasts and beginners.

If you would be interested in joining the steering group and are willing to contribute your knowledge and time in organizing future events, please click [ LINK ] for full details.

GEO Business 2015 Call for Papers

December 30, 2014Tamara DaleGeobiz, GIS, ICES, News

9th January deadline

GEO Business is the UK’s biggest geospatial event and 2015 is expected is expected to break records by attracting 2500+ international visitors. Incorporated into the event is not only an international trade exhibition, a programme of live commercial workshop sessions and several networking opportunities but also a cutting edge conference.


 The 2015 conference will incorporate the industry’s geospatial experts presenting the latest advances in the industry. Delegates can keep one step ahead with knowledge of the latest research and commercial developments. The conference technical committee is seeking papers and work-in progress reports on all aspects of geospatial technology and applications. The deadline to submit an abstract is 9th January 2015. Submit online at 

 For more information about GEO Business or to register for FREE, please visit , email , or call tel: +44 (0) 1453 836363.

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