Exploring Data Beyond BIM - Level 3 and Beyond Conference

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How technology allows us to capture sensor data to collaborate on architecture and construction to Level 3 BIM using a single, shared project model

The Exploring Data Beyond BIM conference will consider how we use data for 3D design and BIM. Moreover, how sensor data capture can help us take strides towards the Holy Grail that is BIM Level 3.

We cannot understate the magnitude of the leap to Level 3. It will move the construction industry towards BIM's operational phase: building and growing a world of sensor capture.

The storage and application of big data will help to predict a building's reaction to the weather and use.

It's this data and its application that's seen a profound change in professional practices over the past decade. The IoT has begun to harvest vast quantities of data.

With innovative develops in technology, we can now use the output to measure and monitor how buildings live and breathe in real-time.

The result is that we now have an unprecedented opportunity to understand how we use BIM and implement PAS 3.

The dataset of small buildings has grown to the extent that using spreadsheets to collate data is no longer feasible. Map several houses as a network or mesh, and spreadsheets become inefficient and open to loss, even when hosted on cloud storage.

The lifespan of most domestic homes is already 120 years or more. Assuming the ratio of demolition v construction remains similar, newer homes will appear while existing homes age further. This scenario will create a broader spectrum of actual residences across the country.

Why has BIM become the byword for progress in construction?

The housing demographic is a growing area of interest for academics, economists and the larger construction industries.

As the population grows, environment plays a huge part in development. All stakeholders need to accept responsibility for its protection and sustenance. Nurturing humans environments from their inception addresses causes instead of having to treat symptoms of poor planning.

This snippet from Digital Built Britain's vision sums up why so many support the BIM initiative:

BIM is now internationally recognised as a technology which will deliver a step-change in cost, time, quality, and waste performance in construction. The conference at BCU will seek to answer questions about:

  • how sensor data can benefit building design and management;
  • the challenges of adding sensors to designs,
    • e.g. providing suppliers with accurate sensor location briefs;
  • how to collect, collate and understand sensor data;
  • how to add value to harvested data by integrating external data sets.

The main aim of the conference is to provide top level industry insight, including a presentation from Google. To that end, thought leaders will take attendees specific questions.

As a bonus, the conference will offer (encourage) attendees a further opportunity to interact. During the event's final hour, attendees can take part in a practical learning workshop.

Registration and Schedule for the Exploring Data Beyond BIM event

Here's the preliminary event agenda, which Prof. Stephen Scaysbrook MCIAT, ACIOB has organised and will facilitate:

  • 12:00 pm — Lunch Registration;

    • 13:00 pm — Opening keynote: Major Architectural Practice (to be confirmed);

  • 13:30 pm — Cisco, Presentation: IoT infrastructure, and Q&A;

    • 14:30 pm — Break and Coffee;

  • 14:50 pm — Google, Presentation: data use and tools available, and Q&A;

    • 16:15 pm — Break and Coffee;

  • 16:30 pm — Workshops: parallel tracks;

    • 17:30 pm — Conclusions and observations of the day;

You can register for this free conference at the Exploring Data Beyond BIM event page.

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