Saturday 20 February 2016

European BIM Summit 2016 - Day 2 of 2

Rather than have a lie in and get the speakers bus to the conference, on day two I got up early and had a little mini-tour of Barcelona taking in the stunning Sagrada Familia Cathederal as the sun came up. Then it was back on the metro so I could arrive with minutes to spare for the start of day two.
Slightly over budget and a tiny bit late - but it isn't looking too bad ;)
The second day opened with Riccardo Viaggi from the European Builders Confederation. Ricaardo looked at collaboration across Europe and in particular how it is important to give support to the SMEs. The stats below show that almost 99% of organisations have 50 or less employees, 92% have 10 or less.
Stats on European construction
The 'big BIM' case study on day two was the New International Airport for Mexico. The scale of this project is absolutely breathtaking. Check out the incredible roof designed by Foster + Partners below and watch the embedded video for more information...
Incredible roof design

Sponsor's Roca talked about their BIM journey and the importance for manufacturers to deliver BIM objects to specifiers. Miguel Angel Heras gave three tips for manufacturers:
  1. Try and deliver content from a single source - however syndicate it on other websites to maximise exposure
  2. Take responsibility for the information within the objects - this is your technical information and you have a responsibility to customers to get it right and maintain it
  3. Interact with your customers - encourage communication and offer support on technical design decisions
A light-hearted look at how 'digital' is changing the bathroom sector.
I had my presentation on day two as well, I looked at the UK Government's level-2 BIM package of standards and tools and presented on how NBS has played a part in supporting the UK in this journey.
Feel sorry for the Geordie-to-Spanish translator having to communicate what this guy was saying!
What the clear objectives of the HM Government strategy are
The NBS definition bandings for level of detail and information
How the free-to-use NBS National BIM Library helps projects with concept, generic and manufacturer objects
Free-to-use and premium tools from NBS to support the UK in their BIM journey
For those wanting more information on the topics looked at in the presentation please see:

Finally, the twitter debate on the #BIMSummit16 hashtag was pretty lively. It was lovely to return to the seat after presenting and see some nice comments...

It is fantastic to see that there can be 400+ delegates now at a conference and then many more watching it on live streams and also interacting on twitter. I particularly liked the following tweet showing an architectural practice in Spain sitting around the live video stream watching the event...
Watching and interacting with the conference over the web
...and then it was back home to England on the early Friday evening plane...
The Columbus Monument
Sunrise at Sagrada Familia, Sunset on the airplane

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