The first in the BECi 20:20 Series took place on Thursday 24th January 2013.
The first session started with a video introduction by David Dernie, the Dean of the School of Architecture and the Built Environment.
David introduced BECi and the BECi 20:20 Series and explained that SABE are in a unique position to be able to speak to practice and industry, to engage in cross-disciplinary research and deliver industry-relevant teaching that prepares our students for tomorrow’s integrated practice. David foresees that collaborative working and coordinated information exchange is about to change the face of built environment industries internationally; moreover that the BECi initiative can become key to a combined academic and industry drive to produce the integrators of the future.
Martin Ball then gave a presentation outlining the Government Construction Strategy and how Building Information Modelling (BIM) is one of the key strategic objectives. Martin explained the basics of BIM and challenged whether BIM is a tool, process or management methodology.
Ultimately, Martin’s key proposition is that BIM is more than a 3D modelling tool. Whereas much of the attention is on the technology aspects of BIM, the effectiveness of BIM is down to the collaboration and integration of the stakeholders of the project.
CLICK HERE for the whole session: This includes David’s introduction; Martin’s part starts exactly at 7:00 and ends at 27:00. The remainder is the Q&A session