Spearing Lecture Tour 2016 - Digital Engineering: The Good, the Bad or the Ugly? Dubai

5 September, 2016 | 18:30 - 20:00

A look into the development of Building Information Modelling (BIM).
A look into the development of Building Information Modelling (BIM).

About this event

Techniques of digital engineering have developed in virtually all aspects of Civil Engineering over the last few decades. Until relatively recently, however, such activity has tended to be piecemeal, with an emphasis on improving accuracy and productivity in individual disciplines.

The introduction of BIM (Building Information Modelling) techniques has now provided a means for all technical and managerial project functions to work collaboratively in a consistent, repeatable and robust manner. The use of BIM Level 2 techniques (i.e. for new procurement) has now been mandated for all UK Central Government procurement of buildings and infrastructure.

In addition, a strategy for development of BIM Level 3 (i.e. to include whole life operation and management) was published by the UK Government in 2015 and is beginning to take shape. The lecture will map the development of BIM and associated digital techniques over the last 15-20 years and demonstrate their effectiveness using infrastructure case studies.

Such techniques facilitate collaborative work, but are no substitute for sound engineering judgement, and some thoughts on this will also be provided.


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Lectures will also be held in Abu Dhabi Oman and Qatar. If you would like to receive details, email middle.east@ice.org.uk.

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Tim Broyd

Professor Tim Broyd

Tim is Professor of Built Environment Foresight at University College London as well as an Honorary Professor of Civil Engineering at the same university. He recently moved to UCL following a career in industry, and has substantial experience as corporate director of technology, innovation and sustainability for globally operating engineering design consultancies.

In addition he was CEO of construction industry research body CIRIA from 2002 to 2007. Within his new role he works with leading individuals in industry, government and academia to understand and prepare for the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead. He is a leading advocate for BIM (Building Information Modelling), was a founding member of the UK Government's BIM Task Group, was lead author of the UK's published strategy on BIM Level 3 ('lifetime BIM') and has provided advice in this area to the development teams of a number of large infrastructure projects.

In the summer of 2016 he will become the founding Director of UCL's new Institute for Digital Innovation in the Built Environment (iDIBE).