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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

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BECI presents – The Shard: Constructing a Vertical City

Posted on: 7 February 2014
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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 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.

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

Posted on: 7 February 2014
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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.

The Role of BIM Manager

Posted on: 16 November 2012
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The role of BIM Manager – should the QS’s take this space?

Is the quantity surveyor best placed to take on the role of BIM manager; is there a need for such a role? and what should the RICS being doing about it?  These are the questions posed by David Bucknall, Chair of the RICS QS & Construction Professional Group to a collection of academics from numerous universities from around the country.  David has for sometime advocated that the QS profession should be exploiting the opportunities presented by BIM and was keen, along with Alan Muse, Director of Built Environment to know what academics were doing about BIM.

The format of the meeting, held in Boardroom of the RICS impressively overlooking Big Ben, was an informal discussion structured around those key questions.  The discussions demonstrated a wide variety of understanding on the subject, however my conclusions are:

  1. The skills and competencies of QS’s will still be required in the BIM-era
  2. The question is whether these skills will be utilised working as independent professionals or within large contracting organisations?
  3. The future for QS’s must be on providing value-adding services and right now that means demonstrating how the 20% reduction in costs can be achieved.
  4. It is recognised that the industry needs to change and the RICS view is that it needs to keep working with the CIC to ensure a single voice is heard by Government.  Collaboration being an often repeated term.
  5. Industry change needs to be based on a culture of collaboration.

It was difficult to discern the desired outcomes from the meeting and hence whether they were achieved.  The questions were discussed, but without any clear conclusions; although David did highlight clear actions for the RICS.  Suffice to say, the meeting finished on time!

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