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PAS1192-3 Draft released for public consultation

PAS1192-3 Has been released for public consultation today, sponsored by CIC and available to download on the BSI website here

This PAS specifies requirements for achieving BIM Level 2 in relation to the operation and maintenance of assets (buildings and infrastructure).

It covers the data transfer processes to inherit asset information from the project information model (PIM) or to create an asset information model (AIM) for an existing asset or portfolio of assets, to use it to support organizational requirements, to revise it as the asset changes, and to hold it as a resource for the owners, operators and maintainers of the asset.

This PAS does not cover data content but does cross-refer to broad headings and documents which define data content.

This PAS is for use by organizations and individuals responsible for the operation, maintenance and strategic management of assets. In particular, it is of use to individuals involved in transferring data from the PIM to an AIM utilised by the organization.

NOTE An organization may apply this PAS without necessarily needing to use BIM Level 2. However, an organization required to apply BIM Level 2 to the operational phase of an asset would need to apply this PAS.


BIM and Intellectual property

Following on from some recent posts regarding copyright and security issues with BIM I found this article on the CIOB Construction Manager website.

It raises some important points regarding confidentiality of files in the  federated model. As a fairly new process there are still gaps in certain areas, legal issues certainly one of the grey areas. Organisations such as The CIC are working towards a solution with the recent release of a copyright license form which I’m assuming will be updated and revised as agreements are formed.

via Construction Manager – Management. By Assad Maqbool

Copyright and confidentiality issues have mainly focused on the employer or end user having the right to use hard copy documents produced by contractors’ and consultants’ teams throughout the project itself and for future maintenance and possible extension. These will continue to apply to projects which adopt BIM, but there are new issues as well.

At BIM Level 2, each contributing party produces its individual inputs using various software platforms. These “inputs” vary, but can include design data, cost data, design processes, tables, databases and graphical information. Using BIM software specifically designed to interface between the contributors’ various software platforms, the inputs are coordinated to create a single federated but cohesive model.

From a copyright perspective this is largely business as usual. However, one of the key benefits of BIM is the potential to assist and streamline the provision of facilities management services during the life of a building. Copyright licences from contributing parties need to be sufficiently wide in scope to include use of the works for the future lifespan of the building. Some existing drafting may need amending to clearly cover this.

It is also possible that copyright will exist in the federated models as well as the inputs from contributors. A BIM information manager, for example, might use sufficient skill in adapting the software used for the project and collating the inputs of each contributor to become the owner of the copyright in the model itself.

As project information is stored in federated models throughout a project, each contributing party’s intellectual property is more accessible to other contributors and end users of the model (such as the developer, tenant, purchaser). As the model shows the results of patented processes and designs as well as “knowing” the building codes, algorithms and applicable engineering principles, confidential information is more open than before.

Mutual confidentiality and non-disclosure clauses should be used to deal with and compensate for possible misuse or re-use of a contributor’s input, or the inadvertent sharing of proprietary information, manufacturing process data or patented processes.

The Construction Industry Council has recently published a suggested form of BIM protocol which provides for a copyright licence but is narrow in scope and does not address the issue of copyright subsisting in the BIM model itself, nor the issue of confidentiality, both of which remain to be dealt with.

‘A Library Guide’ from ICE BIM

Now the grey skies and rain have finally embraced us, (at least for those of us ‘fortunate’ enough to reside in the UK!) it may be a good time to catch up on some recent BIM publications and literature.


The Institute of Civil Engineers BIM team have put together an excellent reading list titled; ‘Building Information Modeling: A Library Guide’ This guide covers publications, standards, events, useful websites and more. Click on the image to the right to view.

This is a very useful resource for finding a large variety of important literature concerning BIM. They were also kind enough to add a link to my blog / BIM Diary on the last page of the guide. To view the document, visit www.ICE.org.uk or simply click on the image to the right for a direct link.

Campus powered by BIM.Technologies

Campus, a new initiative from BIM.Technologies is a FREE 12 week BIM training course based in Newcastle, UK for 19-24 year olds.


  • Have you recently finished your university degree or not in education, employment or training?
  • Interested in developing your skills in the architecture, engineering and construction industry?
  • Wanting to increase your employment prospects?

If you answer yes to all or any of the above, then BIM.Technologies Campus may be just what you are looking for. A Free 12 week training course where you will learn new software and workflows to help you progress your career.

Lead trainer Peter Morton, a BIM expert with vast experience teaching and training will guide you through an intense 12 week course in our new purpose made BIM training suite located in Newcastle, UK.

If you are interested, get in touch with info@bimcampus.co.uk – The first course starts on 5th August until the 25th October. Sign up early to avoid disappointment. This is a fantastic and unique opportunity for anyone who fulfills the requirements of the course.

To stay up to date with all the latest news and info from Campus, follow us on Twitter here

M-SIX VEO is finally released!

I’m pretty excited to announce – The eagerly awaited new software, VEO by M-SIX has finally been released! This is very exciting news as I’ve heard a lot of hype about this software without actually knowing too much about the functions. 

On January 37th, 2013 at infinity o’clock M-SIX gave birth to a bouncing bundle of software. VEO weighed in at 28mb. All healthy and happy.

— M-SIX (@MSIXVEO) February 7, 2013

I have just downloaded the trial and am about to run some tests on the software. I am looking forward to reporting back here shortly with more information about VEO. For now, I would recommend you download a trial for yourself and get involved with the discussion forums.

Below is a screenshot of the VEO interface with the ‘Project Sauron’ starter project – VEO has lift off!

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Click on the images above or visit the M-SIX VEO website here – Look forward to learning more and discussing this software with the BIM community!

BIM Documents

If you are following me on Twitter, or a close follower of this blog – You will have noticed a new link appear in the top menu of BIMopedia. ‘Documents‘ is a public portal area where I will be uploading and storing various BIM Documents from around the web. 

All of these documents are also available online from their original source. The point of me doing this, is to provide an area where all of these documents will be stored in one place, making it easier to find what you are looking for. Full credit is given to the original author where possible. 

It seems to be an idea which is supported by a lot of the #globalbimcrew on Twitter who have helped to fill in some of the gaps. Similar to the BIM Diary, I am doing this as a way to share with the BIM community, and in short, make life easier for the rest of you searching for valuable information on BIM.

I feel this could also be a good resource for anyone looking to get into BIM, there are documents there to interest users of all experience levels. It is important that we include anyone who is interested in our BIM journey. There is no point complaining about people refusing to implement BIM if we are not helping them to make it an easier transaction! The elitist attitude seems to be fading, which is of course a very positive thing for the community.

If you have any documents which you would like added to the list, simply contact me through the blog or write to me on Twitter @BenPMalone

The B1M Is now free

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The idea for The B1M came from a desire to encourage wide-spread sharing of BIM knowledge and experiences in one location helping people understand it better.

The community is now free to join and has seen a real surge in the number of members signing up – we had a quick catch-up with Fred Mills (who runs the site) to find out more:

Fred said: “Our desire to make a difference to our industry, combined with our experience in social media and research on various successful online business models, led us to choose the original concept for The B1M.

“I suppose we thought that the whole ‘£2 for 1 million places’ thing would really create added interest around our community, whilst acting as a ‘think-twice’ barrier to preserve the quality of our user base. In practice it proved a bit of distraction. The decision to make the site free to join better aligns it with our true cause, objectives and values”.

“I am not out to make money. I admire people that have made a difference in the world and I want to contribute myself and make a difference to our industry. That’s my simple motive and it’s what drives me”.

The B1M went free on 18 January 2013 and all existing members either had their £2 fee refunded or chose to add them to The B1M’s donation to Cancer Research UK that was initiated on Twitter.

Fred said: “The charity donation was a great idea and Cancer Research UK is a cause that’s particularly close to both Tom and my hearts”.

He concluded “My ultimate aspirations for The B1M are a lifetime’s work and will, I hope, leave a legacy for future generations delivering and enjoying our built environment. That takes long term vision and is about much more than making money”.

Members can sign up at http://www.TheB1M.com, join the ‘Friday BIM debates’ on The B1M LinkedIn group or get involved in the discussion on Facebook and Twitter.

Autodesk – Security and the Cloud

Like it or not, as a technology professional, the cloud WILL become part of our every day work in the near future – if it’s not already! Many applications which you currently use may already use cloud technology without you even realising it. Security issues are of course a big concern when moving forward with tecnolgoy and into new ways of working. There are many questions that need to be answered in order to make the cloud user feel like their sensitive data is secure.

Autodesk 360 is a completely cloud based service – offering many tools for use in the AEC industry. The huge advantage of the cloud is the speed and efficiency. Instead of using your own PC for intensive tasks such as rendering and interactive energy analysis, you are able to utilise the massive power of the Autodesk cloud servers and computers. This will not only be a faster process, but also leave the computer your working on free for use on other activities.

Autodesk have released a document which was discussed on the ‘Introduction to Autodesk BIM 360 webinar’ earlier today, which was recorded and will be released publicly, next week (week 5). In this document ‘Autodesk 360: Work Wherever You Are – Safely’, it discusses the security technologies that are employed on the Autodesk cloud servers as well as suggesting that the cloud is a SAFER way to transfer and share files than the traditional methods we are used to:

uploaded imageThere‟s trust in being close. Many people associate their local workstation‟s or PC‟s content as safer than their files on the Internet. This isn‟t always the case. Often computers are susceptible to security risk because their files aren‟t fully protected against unauthorized access and intrusion. Furthermore, as files are transferred across the networks, they can become compromised if not done so in a secure manner. With Autodesk 360


  • The platform is built on a reliable, protected technology infrastructure specifically built just for cloud computing. 
  • You control who has access to your data, when you share it, and who you share it with.
  • You can access it from anywhere through an Internet connection after providing your login ID and password securely.
  • The services are designed to protect data and authentication in transit.

For more information, read the full .pdf document on the Autodesk website HERE or by clicking the image above.

BIM 2050 Group launches

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Yesterday saw the launch of the BIM 2050 group. This a government supported project with the focus on young professionals shaping the future for BIM in the UK construction industry. The main aim of the group is to focus on the following areas:

  • To improve image and efficiency of the construction industry.

  • Promote shared knowledge and be an active forum for like minded industry professionals to collaborate.

  • Develop and review strategic scenarios for the future of the construction industry

  • Offer unique perspectives and critical thought leadership to challenge the construction industry.

  • Disseminate information to help positively shape the future of the construction industry

  • To take a wide view of the industry and research what an interdisciplinary scope of work may look like as technology develops.

Cabinet Office – Voice for construction professionals – BIM 2050 Group launched
Construction Enquirer – BIM 2050 group launched to map digital future

We have already saved £179m for the taxpayer by stripping out waste and are trail-blazing the use of digital technologies such as BIM, a pioneering UK-led ICT solution that shares building plans with multiple contractors working on a building project.

It is imperative we pass the baton of reform to the next generation of engineers and architects and the BIM 2050 group will help do this – it provides young construction professionals with a voice to challenge existing ways of working and deliver better results for the public and UK plc.”

This is another key step for UK BIM which is already up there and competing with the best in the world. The BIM 2050 group participants are young professionals who all have a forward thinking approach with a passion for BIM and emerging technologies. They will help to steer the UK government BIM stratergy and ensure that the UK stays up there. As a young passionate young BIM professional myself, I will certainly be looking into and hoping to play my part in the future!

Read more about the BIM 2050 Group and other UK government statergies on the BIM Task Group website here.

BIM Knowledge Management: Should we share?

With the uptake of BIM becoming more widespread, many will embark on a similar journey. Organisations or individuals may come across the same problems or successes, and for many BIM adoption will be a steep learning curve. If we embark upon the journey alone there is no doubt that we’ will reinvent the wheel and miss the opportunity to learn from others. BIM knowledge management is therefore a topic for discussion.

“In today’s environment, hoarding knowledge ultimately erodes your power. If you know something very important, the way to get power is by actually sharing it.”

Read the full article here on the BIMteract blog written by Daniel Maddocks on 7th January 2013

If you’re still not convinced check out the video below which highlights the power of online communities for knowledge sharing. One interesting thought is that the traditional ‘pyramid’ structure of an organisation doesn’t make it easy for people to share information and ideas. Whereas online communities provide a platform for mass innovation through a ‘birds nest’ like structure, where everyone leaves there piece.

Are you prepared to share your knowledge and experiences on BIM? If so, why not join our community today! 

Revit & BIM – The best resources from 2012

For me, 2012 has been a great year of researching and learning. Thanks to many contributors who share their knowledge throughout various sources on the internet, this has been a succesful process as far as finding the top quality information which you can use in real life situations for your work.

As the year draws to a close, I’d like to make a list of all the websites, information portals and social media platforms which have helped me learn and discover many new and exciting tools and ways of working in 2012. In this list I will also include, in my opinion, the best sources for finding information and in particular getting help for that specific niggling problem you have.


This list could be endless, as there are so many great blogs focusing on BIM technologies and the tools which are used to enhance the process. The blogs which I have decide to list here are my top 5 favourite blogs from 2012 which I have read and gained most knowledge from.


There are many great forums out there which you can use to get specific answers to your BIM or software problems, or to just talk to fellow professionals about a certain subject or area of interest. Although I have not participated too actively on any forums, I have often used them to research different subjects. Here’s my top 3 for finding useful information.

The Revit Forum – A fantastic forum to find the answer to all your Revit problems, lots of active users, new postings daily. 
AUGI Forums – Another great resource to find and share information, the AUGI forums is a place to discuss all things Autodesk 
Vasari Forum – The Vasari forums are, as the name suggests specificially in place to discuss Vasari, lots of interesting topics.

There seems to be a lack of a general BIM forum with many active users, it has certainly been tried but none of the forums have really caught on and become active. Saying this, there are so many other places to discuss BIM as shown from the rest of this post. 


Social Networks

Twitter – Twitter has continued to be a great source in 2012 for networking and finding informtion on BIM. Peronally I feel it is probably the best place to get the latest and most updated information on everything BIM related. Not only that but it offers some great entertainment to split up the day a bit. I have made a list of all the best and most useful BIM people I follow. I gurantee if you follow all these, you will be entertained and probably learn something new daily! https://twitter.com/BenPMalone/bim  

LinkedIn – LinkedIn is another good networking resource to get in contact with BIM users. The groups section allows users to create groups focusing on certain subjects, software, companies etc. Some groups can often be host to some interesting debates, but I find the best information always gets shared to Twitter anyway, but it is well worth getting involved with LinkedIn if you aren’t already. 

BIM Component Portals

With more and more manufacturers getting on board with BIM, an increase of BIM object portals has started to increase. Top quality families and objects are now available to download from many resources. Here are my top 3 BIM component resources:

BIM Store – BIM Store, a part of the BIM Technologies group, in my opinion continues to be the biggest and best resource for all your BIM object needs. The site focuses on top quality manufacturer BIM objects, with downloads available in a number of different outputs.

The National BIM Library – The National BIM Library, created by The NBS is another good resource for manufacturer BIM objects with new lines updated regularly.
BIM Object – BIM Object portal is another useful site for finding manufacturer BIM objects. Many European manufacturers are involved.


YouTube has been another great resource for me to help find out more about BIM and Revit. It is amazing the amount of top quality information, including detailed tutorial courses that are available for free on YouTube. You are almost guaranteed to find what you’re looking for somewhere on this portal. Here are my top 3 favourite YouTube Channels of 2012.

Autodesk Building – This is a great channel to keep up to date with all the information from the Autodesk BIM team. All the latest news and resources are posted and shared here. Interesting case studies and customer feedback are also frequently uploaded. Tutorials for Autodesk software are also available on the Autodesk Building channel, in short, a good resource for all things Autodesk!

Fridays with Vico – Fridays with Vico is a great resource for BIM information and workflows. The main focus of the channel is of course on Vicos own tools but a lot of focus is on the collaboration and interoperability with other BIM products. Well worth subscribing. 

Paul Aubin – Paul Aubins YouTube channel is another great resource for tutorials and small tips in Revit. He also has a series of Revit tutorials which are worth checking out. There are many other great YouTube channels out there for short, specific revit tips, all it takes to find them is a search! 


BIM Task Group – The BIM Task Group is a government run organisation paving the way to get the UK in order for the 2016 deadline or Level 2 BIM on all projects. There are also many good resources and articles available on the site. Keep up to date with the latest PAS relating to BIM here.

Building Smart UK – Building Smart continue to work on a lot of excellent projects to aid the progression and forward movements of the AEC industry. Working groups have been set up concentrating on COBie, Level 3 BIM, and BIM & Infastructure.

BIM 2050 Group – Are another organisation continuing to work to imrpove the construction industry, with a particular focus on BIM in education, cultural and integration and technology and proccess.


Ones to look out for in 2013

AEC-APPS – AEC-APPS is collaboration between CASE and SOM, providing a portal for reviewing and downloading specific apps. With the help of filters and categories it is easy to find a tool that will help your BIM workflows. The community aspect of the site is also a key component which will help the site to grow and be actively updated.

The B1M – The B1M or the BIM One Million is another site which promises to be a useful resource for BIM information in the future. The site is aimed at those interested in BIM who wish to share the journeys with others. Once the places fill up, the site is sure to be a good resource for finding out more about BIM.

Project Grapevine – This is a new resource from Autodesk which opens up a new concept for finding help online. This portal is similar to a forum, in the way you can ask others for help with specific problems. The main difference is the ability to upload files and photos in a much more interactive environment. I think this will definitely be one to watch out for in 2013.

BIM Diary – Last but not least, a shoutout for myself! BIM Diary has been running for over 6 months now, with well over 300 unique BIM events added worldwide. It helps attendees to find the events which suit them, and is a free resource for the event holders to advertise their events.The more people who contribute to BIM Diary the better a resource it will become. 

Wilmott Dixon BIM – BIMM Movie

The Wilmott Dixon BIM team have released an excellent short movie describing BIM and it’s benefits throughout the process. Some excellent examples of virtual models are also available to see, with a large selection of #ukbimcrew projects featured. Check it out below!