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This meeting will take the form of a debate on developments in BIM (Building Information Modelling) in the Geotechnical Engineering sphere. There has been the suggestion that "geotechnical BIM" is less advanced than "structural BIM" but this is highly influenced by the perception that BIM is a 3D modelling environment; in fact BIM is a way of storing information. While this can be achieved by attaching attributes to 3D objects, this is by no means the only way to achieve these ends.
The UK has been highly successful in developing digital data standards to exchange geotechnical data through the Association of Geotechnical and Geoenvironmental Specialists (AGS) data format and these developments already provide the underpinning for BIM. The debate will centre on how these ideas can be implemented more widely in practice. The panel if speakers will include software developers, BIM users and academics with expertise in BIM.
The debate will be chaired by Professor David Toll from the School of Engineering and Computing Sciences at Durham University. Professor Toll is chair of Joint Technical Committee JTC2 on Electronic Representation of Geo-engineering Data (a joint committee representing ISRM, ISSMGE, IAEG and IGS). He is a member of the AGS data format committee. He also chairs the series of International Conferences on Information Technology in Geo-Engineering.