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Event Preview

Time to take control of your information

David Chadwick previews the Take Control Seminar on Information Management, to be held in association with Newforma on 1st November at the headquarters of the Institute of Civil Engineers (ICE)

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Industry Comment

Breaking with tradition

John Stokoe of Dassault Systèmes explains why the construction industry needs an industrial revolution

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Leading UK builder opts for Aconex

Aconex has signed a three-year enterprise agreement with United Living, who will standardise on the Aconex platform and solutions across its project portfolio

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Adoddle introduces Clash Detection

Adoddle's new Collaborative Building Information Modeling (cBIM) solution, Clash Detection enables designers to discover conflicts at an early stage of the project lifecycle, allowing for significant time and cost savings

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Graphisoft's ARCHICAD is a Stevie Wonder

GRAPHISOFT'S marketing campaign for ARCHICAD 21 has won a Gold Stevie Award in the Marketing Campaign of the Year-Software category in the 14th Annual International Business Awards

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Software Review

4D and 5D BIM

Elecosoft's Project Management application, Asta Powerproject, enhances its 4D and 5D BIM capabilities with its latest release

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Case Studies

Project Beagle

The award-winning Ingenuity House is a fitting centrepiece for Birmingham's 'UK Central' regeneration strategy

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Time for a check up?

aking a leaf out of their own book, Barts Health Trust called in IES to run a 'health check' on their buildings to identify operational issues and assess potential Energy Improvement Strategies. The only difference is that they are looking for specific outcomes - like energy demand reductions for gas and electricity.

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Emphasising the 'I' in BIM

Jaakko Berg explains the particular importance of the 'I' in BIM for Finland's Paaviainen Architects

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Dystopian or what?
George Orwell would have plenty to write about if he were alive today! His vision of a dystopian future in his novel 1984 has certainly captured or repelled the imagination of many since it was written in 1948. What would he have thought of a world were information is becoming the key factor in controlling the lives of millions, from covert surveillance to demographics. BIM is merely part of a larger scenario where the major issues – Brexit, politics, sustainability, urbanisation, the depletion of resources and technology – will use information to control development, urban environments and infrastructure for the benefit of its inhabitants in an increasingly unstable world.

Properly utilized, information brings transparency and efficiency to a building project. Mishandled, or wasted, it becomes a burden, or worse. The challenge lies in identifying which information is useful or relevant to a project and putting in place a solution that provides instant and pertinent access to that information. The Take Control seminar looks at the tools currently available for managing projects, processes and communications and highlights their strengths or limitations. It also examines how BIM fits into the wider administrative environment.

The growth of the Information Society proceeds apace, however, and wherever it can be used – it will be – with an increasing use of legislation to enforce it. The seminar will also take a ‘tongue in cheek’ look at how and why the construction industry will become a more strictly regulated environment. Whatever you do, don’t fall foul of one of the Oceania Party’s slogans in 1984 – Ignorance is Strength!

David Chadwick

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