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Major culture change needed for BIM?

A cultural change is required if BIM is to be properly implemented across the built environment ahead of the government's 2016 deadline for its use on all centrally procured public sector projects, according to RICS.

Expanding the art of 3D printing

Nottingham-based ArtSystems is to begin trade distribution of an innovative 3D printer range from one of the world's leading 3D printer manufacturers, Stratasys.

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Gemini a positive sign for construction

A new app designed to help construction companies simplify their invoicing process , is set to be rolled out across the industry

Comply Serve keep Etihad Rail on track

Comply Serve has secured a contractor extension to supply additional ComplyPro software licences and consultancy for the Etihad Rail Programme. Etihad Rail is the developer and operator of the UAE's national railway network.

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Pioneering new UTC for Westminster

A NEW University Technical College [UTC] to train and inspire a new generation of engineers, technicians and business leaders for transport engineering and construction jobs has been given the green light by the Department for Education and will be established in Westminster by September 2015.

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Case Studies

Selling the Project

How SPG Solar uses TurboSite to connect the customer to the Installation.

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Software Review

Setting the Scene

Vectorworks Landmark provides planning tools to create an idyllic setting to place your iconic building designs in, writes David Chadwick

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A Towering Landmark

Oasys GSA supports analysis of an even wider range of structures, with Nonlinear shell elements and an enhanced mesh generation engine heading the list of new analysis tools for the next generation of structures.

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The last few weeks have been busy, with a number of BIM events scattered round the country, but, for us, the main focus was the BIM Panel which we hosted for Vectorworks in the Tower Hotel at the end of the month. This was kicked off by David Philp from the BIM Task Group, where he is Head of BIM Implementation for the Cabinet Office and Head of BIM at the Mace Group. No doubt many of you will have heard him speak on numerous other occasions, but we had the privilege of a more in-depth presentation, coming close to the roll out of the first part of the Government's Construction Strategy.

We engaged in a lively discussion about aspects and experiences of BIM from the rest of the panel members - who represented both major BIM users (Transport for London), and smaller architectural practices, who, despite their recent conversion to BIM, have found themselves involved in public projects - the type of work that will certainly fall within the BIM Level 2 and COBie remits. The next couple of issues of CAD user will be recounting their experiences - and will also look closely at some of the other interesting and major issues affecting BIM implementation that were brought up by the panel

David Chadwick

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