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On 2nd February 2017, ICE and Autodesk took an audience of close to 1000, on a journey through BIM.
The dedicated webinar on ‘the Why, What and How of BIM for Infrastructure’, covered the entire project life cycle, from EIR’s to operation and maintenance, showcasing the real tangible benefits of utilising BIM and how organisations can reap its full potential, by applying the right methods, choosing the most appropriate software and embracing a new way of working.
‘We have to remember that BIM is not only technology; it is a combination of people, process and technology’ was among the most important take-outs from the webinar, as indicated by Peter Ingels, together with the fact that the main drivers for BIM workflows are the specific goals and challenges of each organisation.
And as BIM enables new workflows and allows new opportunities to be explored, it needs the appropriate supportive technology. Digital Component Libraries, asset attributes, 3D models, etc. all need to seamlessly work together, to allow teams to unlock their creativity and increase efficiencies. All this information must be available to be accessed at any given time and from the right people, in a user-friendly way, which will ultimately lead to greater collaboration and safeguard the integrity of the project.
‘A common data environment is a key part in BIM Level 2 process. All those involved must be ready to deliver the right information at the right time. A CDE allows for a single point of truth to exist, with information ready for review. Even in the case that something goes wrong, the CDE can provide clarity on the point of the process that the error occurred, acting as a defence for everybody’ pointed out Marek Suchocki. And moving down the road of BIM for operation and maintenance, the recipient of the infrastructure asset has rich, accurate data available to operate the facility, reducing costs and making planning easier.
Marek Suchocki is the Autodesk Civil Infrastructure Strategy Lead for EMEA working with civil engineering customers and their projects. He holds a degree in Civil Engineering, is a Chartered Engineer, Chartered IT Professional, a Fellow of the British Computer Society and the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and a Member of the Institution of Civil Engineering Surveyors. His career focus has been the research, development and application of information technology to aid management and design processes for built environment projects. He sits on the ICE Information Systems panel, is Chairman of Construct IT, is a member of the British Standards B555 committee for construction design modelling and data exchange.
Marek has been an active participant in the Task Group driving the UK Government BIM initiative from its initiation, having a management board role in the BIM4Infrastructure UK sub group and representing Autodesk on the BIM Technologies Alliance.
His career includes delivering significant impact on BIM for infrastructure adoption across many projects and organisations, the rollout of collaborative working solutions to private and public sector clients, and undertaking studies on IT and knowledge management. He has a broad experience in the UK and Europe, having previously been part of Mouchel’s IT Senior Management Team owning a portfolio of corporate IT projects, Research and Innovation Manager and a Principal Management Consultant at Atkins, site agent at Costain, and also worked within an infrastructure client and Quantity Surveying practice. He also spent four years as a Research Fellow within the Department of Construction Management & Engineering at the University of Reading.
As a product of his activities he frequently presents at industry events and conferences and has authored papers and reports on BIM, collaborative working and the application of new technology.
Peter is a Technical Specialist focusing on Autodesk’s Civil Engineering and Infrastructure solutions. With a background in Engineering and Surveying, and over 15 years’ experience implementing Autodesk solutions, Peter is well positioned to advise on Autodesk’s BIM for Infrastructure strategy.
Throughout his career Professor Broyd has worked at the interface between industry practice and academic thinking in the construction and infrastructure sectors, including in roles with a formal responsibility for influencing business and government leaders to embrace and drive innovation through their organisations.