Looking back on the two days, I maybe didn't get the chance to see as many classes as I'd have liked - too much time spent demonstrating our BIM content and software at our stand (which I love doing). So this blog post isn't particularly content heavy - but a few pictures below to give a taster of what it was like.
1. The event
The event was held at the fantastic venue the Park Plaza on the opposite side of The Thames to Big Ben. As gold sponsors, we had a great NBS stand in the main communal area from which we demonstrated NBS Create and National BIM Library.
|BIM Show Live|
|The NBS exhibition stand|
- In denial - Quantity Surveyors
- Resistance - FM, M+E, Manufacturers
- Exploration - Main contractors, Architects, Sub contractors
- Commitment - Clients, Structural Engineers
Obviously there will be exceptions within each profession up and down the curve. But if anyone has any views based on their experience - please add comments to this post.
It was also really good to see the "Class of your own" BIM kids demonstrate their secondary school construction projects looking at BIM. Great that the next generation got this showcase platform and maybe a little push for the current generation to adapt.
|@SpaceGroupRob - The State of the Nation 2013|
Back in the Exhibition Hall it was good to catch up with Soluis and see how they continue to progress our NBS Lakeside model in their interactive environment. And back at the NBS stand, BIM 2050 member and Technical Author Stefan Mordue had the media interest - talking about BIM innovation and future gazing.
|Soluis with the beautiful NBS Lakeside model designed by our friends at HOK using National BIM Library|
|The next Kevin McCloud|
One thing that was really nice to see was really intelligent debate around IFC and Open BIM. No extreme drum banging on either side of the argument - just great sensible analysis. I managed to catch a good portion of the Metz Architects, the Rob Jackson/Nigel Davies and the Adam Ward classes. The Metz/BIM Academy work on using IFC to transfer parametric objects was fascinating (and something NBS are involved in with Prof Lockley). The #LockleyIFCChallenge "B I M !" model was demonstrated. Can this be used for IFC certification? Maybe ten points for each geometry type, points for property sets, points for colour display? This would give a #LockleyIFCChallenge score out of 100 for each geometric BIM tool starting next year?
Rob and Nigel's session looked at real life project BIM and the challenges and successes of transferring data "warts and all" using IFC. Finally, Adam looked at a real life project BIM and how as BIM technology specialists they have taken data through to a SQL FM database using bespoke software and exports.
My favourite quote from all of this was Rob Jackson, "It's nice to be able to talk about IFC without people throwing things at me" :) How things have changed in just 12 months.
Oh, and I also did my Technology Hall live demo showing IFC from a geometric model being augmented with key performance data from the NBS Create spec. Maybe this is one for another (video) blog post.
|The ACID3 test for BIM geometry tools|
|The IFC and COBie debate continues - where it will be 12 months from now?|
...and of course, it was work hard - play hard - so a few pictures below from the fun side of things...
2. Cool Britannia
I've been down in London a bit recently. I always love walking around whenever I can and not taking the tube. One or two pictures below...
|Graffiti at Old Street|
|The old and the new - what a great City|
|Love walking along the Thames|
There has been a lot of twitter chat from the #VeteranBIMCrew about the olden days. Nice to see some old computers and game consoles on display. Even though the BBC B was not plugged in - I sat by it and typed into the (not switched on) keyboard and re-lived the old days of 10 PRINT "STEPHEN" and 20 GOTO 10. Also the feel of the keys under the fingers of Z and X and ? and @ for left, right, down and up as if I was on Mr Doo or Sabre Wolf brought a smile to the face.
|Nostalgic tears came to the eyes|
|In fairness, this was always a bit crap :)|
|Back to being a student at Uni in 1992 - Where are the Pot Noodles?|
...and squashed into all of this there was *still* time for some banter and a beer or two. One or two people commented on how good the camaraderie is in the BIM community even though many organisations are competing hard...
|Nice of Pizza Express to match the wall paper to Mordue's shirt|
|Cannot understand him and he's very hairy. Chewbacca and Storm Trooper meet senior members of UK BIM Task Group|
|The best sport in the business. DP gets 3D laser scanned after a few beers.|
|The secret to success in BIM - change your first name to "Rob"|
|Coordinate your project information throughout the project timeline|