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Welcome to my world of disconnected environmental, community and family projects.
I have been working in the renewable energy field for a number of years and this web site has been set up to give you a flavour of some of the projects that I have been involved in both professionally and as a keen, but slightly mad, DIY fanatic.
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A New Role 07/09/2015
Having spent 20 years working for the same company and at the tender age of 57 I have accepted a new job with KTN Ltd, the Knowledge Transfer Network as a Knowledge Transfer Manager. A fancy name for an old fashioned idea of networking. I will be specialising in Digital Construction which is primarily about BIM. Building Information model or Building Information Modelling. You can find a good government link to what it is all about here.
BIM is a natural progression in the way we build to incorporate all the construction details in a 3D model. The advantages in the construction process are vast. Working with a complete supply chain in a collaborative and joined up way should give us better buildings with fewer faults in the construction process. BIM has been slightly hijacked by the software companies so that many people think it is just a 3D model. It is so much more than this.
Over the coming weeks I will update this blog with more details of what I see as the key components & pitfalls facing the UK construction industry as we all start to get to grips with BIM and digital construction.
London & SE BIM Regional Series of Events.
3. Implementing BIM
Wednesday 9th December 2015
This interesting event brought together a ranger of speakers who had very different experiences of implementing BIM. First up was Paul Shillcok @paulshillcock who has a wealth of experience in writing and working on standards. He gave us a gallop through the most relevant standards and how we should be aware of them and how so many so called BIM experts had not read PAS 1192 (I promise that I will read over the forth come holiday).
Robert Klaschka @robertKlaschka Director of Digital Built Environment at Sumo Serves looked at some of the processes that we need to implement; from the change to BIM, which he sees as a greater change than from paper to CAD. Lots of useful work being done by BIM4SME Interesting work being done by them in a super KTP to look at the way BIM process is carried out. Perhaps the best bit of advice is to look backwards in you organisation and understand the needs and challenges before you spend thousands on expensive bits of kit and software.
David Miller @DMA_Architects owner of David Miller Architects gave us a real live peak into the implementation of BIM in a small practice. It is was a fascinating conclusion that they have see an increase in fee income and a real uptake in collaboration both internally and with clients and others in the build team.
Graham Roach @AluK_GB National Architectural Manager at AluK (GB) showed us the way that a construction product manufacture has engaged with BIM producing through content produced by 3rd parties like BIM Store and now in-house. They have seen a real increase in business from their early adoption of BIM.
An interesting question & answer session completed the evening. The highlights of the evening where captured on Twitter and can be seen: #BeginBIM