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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



BECI presents – The Shard: Constructing a Vertical City

Posted on: 7 February 2014
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Filed under: 20:20 Series, Events

This lecture is CPD certified

Speaker: Nigel Cole, Mace Group

Date: 27 March

Time: 6pm

Location: MG14, University of Westminster – View Map

Nigel will review the challenges and lessons learnt from the construction of the UK’s tallest structure, The Shard.  His talk will cover:

  • Construction techniques utilised on the Shard including top-down core construction and prefabrication
  • Overcoming the logistical difficulties/site constraints of a major building project in central London
  • Engineering a vertical city – producing a tall building that provides maximum benefit to users
  • The technology used to facilitate a collaborative working environment

Need evidence of attending this event to go towards gaining or maintaining your chartered or professional status? No problem, just let us know when you sign in at the event and we can send you a certificate of attendance.

This event is free but please register here to confirm your attendance.


BECi 20:20 Part One

Posted on: 30 January 2013
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Filed under: 20:20 Series, Events

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 David Dernie Introduction

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

Welcome to Built Environment Collaboration and Integration

Posted on: 16 November 2012
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Filed under: Current projects

Welcome to the Built Environment Collaboration & Integration blog.

Created by staff in the School of Architecture and the Built Environment, BECi is an open site for all those within the School to contribute and share knowledge on collaborative and integrated practices in the Built Environment. We see this as the start of a school blog, because you have to start somewhere right?

Please comment and contribute.

In this first instance if you have any queries, contact Rob Garvey.

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