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Constructionarium 2014

Every year, the department of Property & Construction at University of Westminster, with the support of BECi, give their students the opportunity to put theory into practice working on a real construction project. Click here for more information on Constructionarium 2014



#BeginBIM Scenario 6

Posted on: 9 March 2016
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A key aspect of  the London & SE BIM Regions BIM Series is to engage the learner by encouraging participation both before and after the event itself.

This is the sixth post-event scenario; you are to consider the question below and then participate in the Twitter Storm tonight between 7pm and 8pm using #beginBIM.

You are working on projects using BIM.  Your legal adviser has concerns over the legal implications of the contract documentation being discussed?

You should consider:

  • Whether you should be using the CIC BIM Protocol?
  • What are liabilities for the different parties of the supply chain?
  • whether there are implications for software providers
  • Who owns the data?
  • What are the future implications?

PS Your feedback is invaluable; if you attended Event 6, please take a few minutes to complete our survey. Many thanks.

FREE BIM for Architects by Architects briefing and CPD session

Posted on: 12 June 2014
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Aimed at middle management and recently qualified Architects looking at gaining a better understanding of the BIM process and technical workflow issues surrounding architects on their journey toward working in a BIM enabled environment.

This session will be an opportunity to:

  • Hear the first-hand knowledge and experiences of using BIM on construction projects over the last five plus years from two of the professions leading BIM experts

–     Rebecca De Cicco (Digital Node and BIM2050)
–    Casey Rutland (Arup Associates)

  • Be introduced to the content, knowledge and skills that participants will learn from attending our ‘BIM for Architects by Architects’ courses
  • Help inform the content of the course if our experts have missed anything you think may be beneficial.

For more information on the course  click here


Casey D Rutland BA(Hons)Arch.Pg.Dip.Arch.RIBA Rebecca De Cico
Casey is an Architect and Associate Director at Arup Associates, specialising in BIM project design, delivery and management.As Associate Director of Arup Associates he is responsible for the Architectural application of BIM processes throughout the company’s offices. Whilst fulfilling the role of overall BIM co-ordinator on our major projects and others across the Arup group, he is often found in infrastructure, engineering, knowledge-sharing and education forums.He continues to lead the implementation of relevant technologies to extract the most from Arup Associates models. He co-ordinates ongoing training at office and project level and leads the assessment of other software tools and updates, ensuring that Arup Associates retain their position as a leading multidisciplinary practice capable of delivering projects at a consistently high BIM standard.
Architectural Sectors: Sports, Hotel/Leisure, Residential, Healthcare, Commercial & Education.The BIM process at a strategic and day to day project level.Sustainability, new technologies, knowledge-sharing.Casey is part of the #UKBIMCrew & the extended #GlobalBIMcrew  – informal and organic groups, seeking to share knowledge and development of BIM across the globe. They have been highlighting software issues to vendors, making efforts to change how AEC students are educated and spreading the knowledge globally, in an OpenBIM environment.



Having worked in Architectural practice close to 12 years Rebecca’s keen interest in how digital technologies can influence the design process is a strong passion. Rebecca has been engaged in education in design and BIM globally, ranging from Australia, the UK and the US. Her objective now lies in engaging with the industry to drive and influence real change and learn from those others who are also engaged in the process.Rebecca’s interests along with the experience gained throughout the years of working within an architectural environment have allowed Rebecca to understand that the BIM process is becoming a major influential factor in the way we deliver buildings all over the world. Through this keen interest and practical experience she has been able to develop her skills further and start to influence the wider community by founding her own BIM consultancy ‘Digital Node’. The aim of Digital Node is to support clients, consultants and suppliers in their adoption, processes and general workflow guidance when it comes to BIM. The consultancy is proving successful as she is working with high profile Architects and clients to support delivery of projects in a BIM environment.Rebecca is also the Steering Group Leader for the CIC’s BIM2050 Group – a group of young professionals that have come together to drive a change approach and be a voice for the industry today and ultimately affect the next generation of construction professionals.Within the group Rebecca has been involved in understanding the link between education and industry and as a result has strong connections with key Education leaders across the UK and Australia.Communication and knowledge sharing is a large part of BIM and Rebecca has become an integral part of the #UKBIMCrew community on Twitter to promote and share this knowledge. Rebecca’s experience has also allowed for a variety of speaking events and opportunities within the community of BIM in the UK. 

As well as being Revit Architecture 2013 Certified she also attends the Autodesk Gunslinger event in Boston annually to trial and test the new release of Autodesk Revit.



BIM for Architects by Architects: 3 workshops

Posted on: 12 June 2014
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Workshop 01: BIM for Beginners

Target Audience: Aimed at beginner level BIM capability

Duration: 3 hour session

When: Evening (September)


1. General overview of typical workflows of Architects including introduction of all software related to the BIM workflow. Project BIM kick off and BEP planning as well as consultant knowledge.

2. Revit introduction and basic modelling techniques.

3. Creation of concept plans, GA plans, sections, elevations to achieve 2D deliverables. Understanding of sharing models with consultants and frequencies.

Workshop 02: Intermediate

Target Audience: Aimed at Intermediate level BIM capability.

Duration: 3 hour session

When: Evening (October)


1. BIM Scope of service and deliverables. Fees? Architects deliverables and understanding of BIM requirements. EIR’s and BEP’s.

2.Revit Intermediate modelling techniques. Images, schedules, drawing creation and details.

3. Understanding Data and the creation of the Master Delivery Task Program on an example project.

Workshop 03: Advanced

Target Audience: Aimed at Advanced level BIM capability

Duration: 3 hour session

When: Evening (October)


1. Teams and collaboration. Sharing data with contractors, costing accuracy and as built data. Intro to Navisworks, federation of models.

2. Revit Advanced modelling techniques. Linking specification data to model, detailing, sharing data and understanding of IFC. Cloud services and Autodesk software.

3. Data drops, content, MDTP templates.

David Philp to launch London BIM Hub, BIM2050 and BECi Public Lecture Mini Series

Posted on: 14 April 2014
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BIM Regional Hubs: LondonBIM2050

Following on from the successful lecture on The Shard from two of the Directors at Mace we are delighted to invite you to the launch of and first in the BECi Open Lecture Mini Series that will be run in collaboration with London BIM Hub and BIM2050 Group.

Prof David Philp, Head of BIM at Mace Group; Head of BIM Implementation at Cabinet Office will open the launch of the mini-series. Run in conjunction with London BIM Hub and BIM2050 Group this mini-series will bring you a range of interesting talks on innovative and iconic projects.

When: 6pm – 8pm

Where: University of Westminster, 35 Marylebone Road, NW1 5LS

Mini Series Lecture Programme

1 May


The Leadenhall Building: Digital collaboration and complex fabrication

Damian Eley (Associate Director, Arup) and Dirk Krolikowski (Associate, Rogers Stirk Harbour & Partners) will discuss the process of Leadenhall and, demonstrating how the BIM process was used to extend design engineering into fabrication and bringing fabrication knowledge into design engineering.

To register for this event, please click here.

5 June


Cannon Place: Construction Challenges. (Alister Offiler, Project Director, Laing O’Rourke)

Alister Offiler, the Project Director for Laing O’Rourke will lecture on the many challenges faced and how they were overcome using new techniques, such as 4D modeling, as well as more traditional methods.

To register for this event, please click here.

03 July

We are just waiting to get this confirmed. Please follow us @UoWBECi or check the BECi blog or events pages for updates.

These event’s are free but please register here to confirm your attendance.

Not able to attend? We’ll do our best to make sure you can see the presentation on our BECi YouTube channel just a day or two after the event.

If you would like to receive updates about future events and lectures then follow us on twitter @UoWBECi

Not on Twitter? Then visit our BECi blog to find out up to date information about events, knowledge and courses.

BECI 20:20 Lunchtime Lecture Series Presents: Collaboration: Will it work in the UK Construction Industry?

Posted on: 7 February 2014
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Ian Cannings introduces us to current thinking on collaboration, in particular the UK Government’s approach and the recently published British Standard BS 11000.

Ian will propose that the UK Construction Industry needs to better understand the concept of collaboration and how this relates to other concepts, particularly integration.

As with all the lectures in the series, it will also reference the UK Government’s 2025 Business Industrial Strategy dated July 2013.

Original Lecture: 30 January, 1pm, MG14, Marylebone.

Watch this video on Youtube

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BECI to host Autodesk Roads & Highway Certification event – 12 September 2013

Posted on: 3 September 2013
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On the 12 September the University of Westminster together with Autodesk® and KnowledgePoint (Autodesk® Authorized Distributor, Europe) are offering you the opportunity to be part of the first wave of Autodesk Certified BIM Specialists by attending this FREE Roads & Highway Certification event.

Autodesk® have launched a new workflow exam. It’s the first exam to cover a complete product suite; Autodesk® Infrastructure Design Suite.

This event,  held at the University of Westminster, will help to prepare you for this new certification.

The  event will include a 6 hour CPD training session from Carl Alford BSc and an opportunity to sit the certification exam.

Professional users are very welcome to attend the day so please make this offer available to your clients/ customers/ students/ associates.

For more information on location, the event and how to book click here

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BIM London Hub event: ‘BIM for Beginners’

Posted on: 12 June 2013
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Delivered in a fun, interactive learning environment this FREE BIM London Hub ‘BIM for Beginners’ event will provide participants the opportunity to directly ask questions, fill knowledge gaps, dispel any myths about what BIM is, and the realities of incorporating it into a business.

Bringing together an eclectic mix of industry and academic practitioners ‘BIM for Beginners’ will cover:

BIM for beginners

Motivation for adopting BIM

Process of adoption

Costs of implementation

BIM Protocol and commercial arrangements

PAS 1192:2 collaboration protocols.

Numbers are limited and places are allocated on a first come, first served basis.Please click the appropriate links for more information or to book your FREE place. As well as being a fantastic industry networking opportunity this fast, expert driven provision of answers to your BIM questions will take place over 1.5hrs and include 4, self selected, topics from the list above.

Date:     Tuesday 18th June

Time:     6pm to 8pm

Venue:  University of Westminster, Marylebone Building

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SABE & BECI to host London Constructing Excellence’s Club Centenary event

Posted on: 28 March 2013
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On Tuesday 09th April SABE is pleased to host the London Constructing Excellence’s Club 100th event

The event will promote Constructing Excellence’s initiative G4C (Generation for Change) which promotes the next generation of construction professionals.

Places are limited but if you would be interested to attend, please register your interest with Lucy

Speaker – Ray Crotty will present ‘Latham Egan Morrell – Was BIM The Missing Link?’


Imagine Retail without EPOS, or Manufacturing without CAD/CAM. These and most other sectors of the modern economy have all been transformed – changed beyond all recognition – by the introduction of computers. The fundamental change in each case has been the move to digital methods of creating, capturing and communicating information. For most practical purposes, we can treat digital information as being effectively perfect information; trustworthy and inherently computable.

BIM is construction’s opportunity to catch up.

BIM is three things:

  • sophisticated 3D modelling systems, capable of generating ‘perfect’ information;
  • data exchange standards that enable this information to be communicated between systems and organisations
  • protocols, or agreed rules, that enable organisations in supply chains to integrate their business processes, based on their ability to share the information generated by BIM systems.

Every one of the industries that has gone Digital, such as retail and manufacturing, has gone through exactly this sort of re-arrangement: a key new digital technology, supporting data standards and business to business protocols. As we can all see these changes have been dramatic.

In construction, with BIM, all three of these things are still ‘work in progress’. But there is good reason to believe that, as mandated by the UK Government’s construction strategy, UK construction will generally be reasonably capable of delivering BIM projects by 2016.

Ray Crotty’s talk will cover this ground, with reference to very practical experience, in the UK and elsewhere. He will also look at the new capabilities that BIM enables and at the consequential long term impact of BIM on the structure and operations of the industry, both domestically and globally.

Ray Crotty is the founder of C3 Systems, a consulting firm whose role is to help project organisations, and the project-facing functions of client organisations, to develop and implement information management strategies for their capital projects.

He was previously head of IT with Bovis (now Lend Lease), where he was responsible for the development of the award-winning Hummingbird project management system. This was an encapsulation, tailored to the needs of onshore building construction, of North Sea best practice project management – learned in his work over twelve years, with Bechtel, Phillips Petroleum and Shell. He subsequently devised the path-breaking extranet-based document management and collaboration systems used by Bovis on the company’s major projects.

He was a founding member of the UK chapter of BuildingSMART (formerly IAI), and is a member of the UK Government’s BIM Strategy Working Group. Ray has written occasional articles for the construction industry press and is the author of: “The Impact of Building Information Modelling”, Routledge, August 2011

“BIM: Join the Revolution” BECi20:20 Industry Open Lecture Thursday 28th March, 6pm @ University of Westminster

Posted on: 25 March 2013
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This BECi20:20 Open Lecture will be presented by Rahul Shah, BIM/VDC Manager – Construction, from Brookfield Multiplex.

 Why attend?: The lecture will look at:

–        BIM – What is it?

–        The benefits of BIM

–        UK industry on BIM

–        Where do students fit in the (BIM)industry?

–        Some reference to national and international BIM resources

When: Thursday 28th March

What time: 6pm – 7pm

Where: MG14, University of Westminster, 35 Marylebone Road, NW1 5LS

Who: Rahul Shah, BIM/VDC Manager – Construction, from Brookfield Multiplex


If you would like to take part  please book here to give us an idea of how many people will attend.

Videos from the BECi 20:20 Seminars

Posted on: 24 March 2013
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The lunchtime seminars which recently took place at the University of Westminster as part of the BECi 20:20 Series were all recorded and have been uploaded to YouTube. Follow the links below to view the videos:

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