Latest News - August 2014

Is BIM construction and development's data rich movie moment?

29 August 2014

A short film about a table lamp doesn't sound like a movie landmark. But that's what 'Luxo Jr' became - the first example of just how eerily lifelike computer-generated animation could be. Besides being the forefather of movies like Toy Story and Finding Nemo, it was also something else: a literal illustration of how data can be used to bring objects to life.

Believe it or not, that was in 1986. Fast-forward to 2014 and we're sitting in the offices of BWB Consulting and watching infrastructure management technician Jack Mathieseon use the data from a laser-scanned point cloud to sketch out the precise internal dimensions of an office building that's being converted for residential use. A few desks away, fellow technician Simon Graham is going through an online library of load-bearing structural beams, and calling the relevant spec into an intelligent digital model of the foundations of a major new development in Birmingham.

Welcome to the construction industry's equivalent of that Pixar moment: Building Information Modelling, or BIM for short. With Government due to make BIM a mandatory part of public projects, it's a process that has risen rapidly to the top of the industry's agenda.

But what does it really mean - and how will it change construction and development?

Time to pick and choose - the Infrastructure Intelligence SME round table discussion

15 August 2014

“We only want to work for clients that value the value that we bring,” says Steve Wooler, Managing Director of BWB consulting. 

Steve was speaking at a round table in London earlier this month to discuss emerging trends and challenges in architecture and engineering based on a new report from ERP software specialist Deltek.  

The round table panel discussion covered key issues such as recruitment, pressure on fee levels, work selectivity, technical investment and sustainable growth.

Jon Frost joins BWB as Building Information Management (BIM) Leader.

05 August 2014

For BWB, BIM means more than just Building Information Modelling - we see the modelling element as a step in a digital revolution toward total and dynamic Building Information Management. To help enable us to be leaders in this field, we are delighted to announce that Jon Frost has joined BWB Consulting as our Building Information Management (BIM) Leader.  Jon, based in Manchester, will have a non-operational role within the business to co-ordinate and enhance our capabilities within the BIM and digital information management environment.

BWB Trent Torpedoes 2014 Nottingham Dragon Boat Champions!

05 August 2014

Nottingham’s annual Riverside Festival at the Victoria Embankment took place over the weekend, hosting the Dragon Boat Challenge in aid of Rainbows Hospice for Children & Young People on Sunday 3rd August.

Jon Frost joins BWB as Building Information Management (BIM) Leader.

05 August 2014

For BWB, BIM means more than just Building Information Modelling - we see the modelling element as a step in a digital revolution toward total and dynamic Building Information Management. To help enable us to be leaders in this field, we are delighted to announce that Jon Frost has joined BWB Consulting as our Building Information Management (BIM) Leader.  Jon, based in Manchester, will have a non-operational role within the business to co-ordinate and enhance our capabilities within the BIM and digital information management environment.

BWB Trent Torpedoes 2014 Nottingham Dragon Boat Champions!

05 August 2014

Nottingham’s annual Riverside Festival at the Victoria Embankment took place over the weekend, hosting the Dragon Boat Challenge in aid of Rainbows Hospice for Children & Young People on Sunday 3rd August.

BWBLOG: Andy Passmore: Do Engineers need to take a different path to avoid the road to ruin?

04 August 2014

A few days ago on this blog BWB's Managing Director, Steve Wooler, was reviewing the findings of this year's ICE State of The Nation report, which grades the current condition of the UK's major infrastructure. The report doesn't make for pretty reading, and local transport infrastructure got the worst mark of all - so poor it's actually at risk.