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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



What do you think BIM is?

Posted on: 8 October 2015
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Filed under: CPD, Events, London BIM


A key aspect of  the London & SE BIM Regions BIM Series is engage the learner by encouraging participation both before and after the event itself.

The first event event takes place on 14th October, but before you hear what the speakers think about BIM …

             what is your view? 

Consider your thoughts on what you understand BIM to be and come prepared to challenge the experts.

As a starting point, the following resources could be reviewed

  1. BIM Task Group
  2. Richard Saxon, the UK BIM Ambassador’s report Growth Through BIM
  3. Listen to Imagine by Fred Mills of The B1M a two-half minute video on what BIM could be
  4. Another useful resource is BIM+
  5. And see whether Stephen Hamil’s view is still applicable with the 7 key slides to be included in every BIM presentation

On Wednesday 28th October, a scenario will be posted on this site for participants to consider.  Your views can then be discussed in a twitter storm that will take place later that day between 7-8pm

FOLLOW all the activity using #BeginBIM

Tickets available aftering register here

London BIM Series

Posted on: 8 October 2015
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Filed under: CPD, Events, London BIM

BIM is happening whether you like it or not. The BIM Regions are here to support anyone who wants to understand what BIM means and the implications this will have on the entire industry. The London and SE BIM Regions in association with the University of Westminster have designed a series of events develop a learner’s capability to adopt and implement BIM within their organisation and projects.

Seven events are scheduled, one per month from October through to April, and while each event can be attended in isolation, maximum benefit will be derived from signing up to attend all events. Each event incorporates activities geared to developing the learner’s capability and includes additional voluntary pre-event reading material and post event exercises.

Why you should attend

Develop confidence and capability to implement BIM within your organisation and projects.

Designed to incorporate the BIM Task Group Learning Outcomes.

Opportunity to enrol on the University of Westminster Postgraduate Certificate in Building Information Management.

Who should attend

The events are geared towards people within any discipline of the Built Environment with no or limited understanding about BIM.

What to do next

Register your interest

The seven events

The format for each event will involve a variety of experts with different perspectives of BIM, who will make a brief presentations, filmed by The B1M, and a subsequent Q&A Session.

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BECi presents: Delivering the UK’s first urban cable car – A free CPD event at University of Westminster

Posted on: 9 July 2014
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Date: 9 October 2014

Time: 6pm – 8pm

Location: 35 Marylebone Road, University of Westminste

Price: Free

London’s spectacular £60 million cable car project, funded by Emirates Air Line was finished in only 15 months ready for the London 2012 Olympics. Linking two parts of the Docklands Light Railway network, it has since been carrying over 30,000 people a week, helping to boost the wider regeneration of east London.

BECI (Built Environment Collaboration and Integration) at the University of Westminster are pleased to invite Matthew Randall to present the cable car project. As Managing Director of the Mace Aviation business he will explain the challenges faced managing this construction project in 2012.   He will discuss the importance of interdisciplinary team working and show how construction professionals can deliver infrastructure, no matter how novel or unique, in challenging circumstances.

Speaker: Matthew Randall, Mace Group


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This event is CPD certified.

To register for your place, please visit our Eventbrite page.

For all other queries, contact:

Andy Colley
Tel: 020 350 67003

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.


New Building Information Management MSc will enhance students’ employability says leading industry figure

Posted on: 7 February 2014
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Filed under: Courses, Current projects, Graduate news

University of Westminster will be taking its first cohort of students on the new Building Information Management MSc course in September 2014.

This course is a direct response to the changing nature of the construction industry and the Government’s intention to require collaborative Building Information Modelling (BIM) on its projects by 2016. Westminster’s Building Information Management MSc has been launched to equip construction professionals with the knowledge and skills to operate in this changing workplace.

“Understanding the concepts and culture behind a collaborative, data rich BIM environment is becoming one of the key skills required by employers” said Robert Klaschka, Director of Studio Klaschka. “Courses that address this will provide students with a significant advantage in the future work environment.”

The philosophy of the building information management course is to reflect the increasingly digital, multi-disciplinary and integrated nature of project delivery, influenced by the demand from governments and clients for greater efficiencies on construction projects. These efficiencies can be gained from more accurate prototyping, simulation, costing, planning, design, production and operation, and will be an output of sound information management and data input to Building Information Modelling (BIM) software.

The unique nature of Westminster’s Building Information Management MSc is the focus on ‘Management’, which will create professionals who are able to manage the whole construction process and the information associated with this.

“Digital building and new information and modelling technologies open a new era of integrated practice” says Professor David Dernie, Dean of Westminster’s Faculty of Architecture and the Built Environment. “The future of built environment thinking is digital and multi-disciplinary, where planners, architects, engineers, urban designers, quantity surveyors and clients work together on integrated project delivery.”

The University of Westminster’s Department of Property and Construction has already been involved in high profile BIM activity. Our central London location allows us to engage with industry and host events such as the London BIM Hub and the BIM Academic Forum. In the past year, world-leading contractors and organisations such as Crossrail, Multiplex and Mace have presented to our students.

Visit the main course page for an opportunity to learn more about this great course and how we can help you can enhance your academic knowledge and career prospects. Applications are open for 2014 entry.

BECi 20:20 Part One

Posted on: 30 January 2013
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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

BIM Academic Forum

Posted on: 2 December 2012
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For all it’s good intentions, The BIM Academic Forum (BAF) is struggling to realise it’s very real potential to be a significant force for good.

BAF is a fledging organisation that has brought academics from a plethora of Built Environment Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to integrate Building Information Modeling (BIM) into the curricula.  BIM is causing all HEI’s to review what is happening in industry and understand what implications this will have on their courses.
BAF held its third meeting at the University of Salford on Monday 26th November with attendance from different HEI’s.  The initial part of the meeting was an update from David Philp on the BIM task group work followed by David Cracknell providing an overview on progress of the Education and Training working party. Both Davids acknowledged the importance of BAF in bringing HEIs together and facilitating the significant challenges of education and training of BIM to wider the built environment community. The afternoon session revolved around how HEI’s should establishing high level learning outcomes involving BIM.
There is a general consensus that it is useful and beneficial for HEI’s to liaise with each other, whether it’s on BIM or other issues.  The discussions on BIM invariably acknowledge that the issues involved in integrating BIM into  the curricula are bigger than just BIM.  These issues include wider industry concerns such as a common way of working; the fragmented nature of the industry; the silo-mentality with implications on the approach to teaching and learning in the built environment as well as academic interaction with industry.
So whilst BIM may be the catalyst for further discussion, the question remains whether BAF is the appropriate place for such issues to be addressed and if so, how should it proceed?

20:20 Series: The Impact of the Government Construction Strategy

Posted on: 2 December 2012
Filed under: 20:20 Series

The BECi 20:20 Series is a sequence of lunchtime sessions to discusscurrent topics relating to the Built Environment.

The format is based on 20 minutes presentation followed by 20 minutes Q&A.

The first series started on Thursday 24th January 2013 and is based on the impact of the Government Construction Strategy.

To register your interest and book at place at any one of the Open Sessions:

Details of Series One
1300 to 1350
Front Room (MG14)
Marylebone building

24-Jan (week 2) BIM: it’s more than just 3D; isn’t it?
07-Feb (week 4) Intelligent Client: An oxymoron?
21-Feb (week 6) Low carbon: is it a price worth paying?
07-Mar (week 8) Design: Under-valued?
21-Mar (week 10) Education: are we fit for purpose?

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