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'Digital Built Britain' discussed at NBS

Newcastle-based NBS recently welcomed Mark Bew MBE to its offices to deliver an industry talk to a 50-strong audience on the 'Digital Built Britain' programme

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Former Excitech lead joins Clearbox

Clearbox has bolstered its team with the arrival of John Williams, former Head of Excitech Consulting

3D Repo BIM app is an asset to Crossrail

3D Repo has started development on a unique mobile platform for Crossrail designed to manage maintainable assets

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Technology Focus

Off-site Fabrication

The off-site manufacture of building components is changing the way the construction industry works, introducing significant cost-savings and other benefits

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Case Studies

COBie on trial

Are we delivering the right sort of COBie for the users of the data - the client?

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Hyperloop meets BIM

Running simultaneously with the Hyperloop Pod competition in Los Angeles, Build Earth Live held a BIM focused event, organised by Asite, to design terminals for the proposed Dubai to Fujairah Hyperloop

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Software Review

123BIM Publisher

RDV Systems has recently released plug-ins for its interactive visualisation and modelling application for AutoCAD Civil 3D and Bentley MicroStation

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Industry Focus

Three construction gamechangers for 2017

Automated bridge building behemoths, bricklaying robots, Smart Buildings and self-repairing cities - these are now real concepts being used to design and construct the built environment. Here, Kenny Ingram, Global Industry Director of Construction at IFS, outlines the key trends and opportunities for companies to leverage in 2017

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COBie or Not COBie That is the question.
Bill East of Prairie Sky Consulting came up with the COBie format for classifying and formalising building information at the start of the BIM process some 7-10 years ago. Computer technology has moved along rapidly since then, and with it people's familiarity with digital technology. Users at all ages are happy to explore complex 3D worlds in gaming and virtual reality scenarios. How will the next ten years pan out? Should we leverage the power of the new technologies, or should we stick with a tried and tested format?

As a means of accumulating building information for asset management, both COBie and the Federated Building Model, which combines building information from all disciplines in a single model, have serious pros and cons that need addressing. As companies embrace BIM they need to decide on the most efficient of these solutions, a decision that will become more critical as, having adopted BIM Level 2, we aim for BIM Level 3.

In association with Vectorworks, we are hosting a seminar on the 16th of May at the London Transport Museum in London's Covent Garden, looking at Information modelling and the benefits of both COBie and the Federated Model - and the views of a Facilities Manager, the user of that information - followed by a Q and A where attendees can put the most searching of questions to the panel of experts.

For more information please email: josh.boulton@btc.co.uk

David Chadwick

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