Horizon stands out at Ecobuild 2015

This year’s Ecobuild saw BIM ‘come of age’ with a dedicated ‘BIM Zone’, plus a whole host of seminars, discussions and training sessions devoted to the hot topic. Wolf’s stand, directly opposite the BIM arena, was at the heart of the action and provided the ideal platform from which to showcase its BIM-ready Horizon software for timber frame designers.

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According to Karl Foster, Sales and Marketing Director - who together with sales and customer support staff attended the event over its three days - the stand proved to be well-located and something of a hot-spot, being just metres away from keynote presentations and workshops offered by some of the construction industry’s leading names.

“These included David Philp, Head of BIM Implementation Cabinet Office, Dr Stephen Hamil from National Building Specification and Ian Chapman, Director of the National BIM Library,” he says. “Interest in the speaker presentations meant that the arena actually overflowed for each event, with latecomers watching and listening from our stand – a happy accident!

“As expected, the show was well attended and attracted a diverse audience. Wednesday, was by far the busiest and visitors to our stand included architects, engineers and specifiers, also self builders, construction companies interested in BIM, plus timber engineering manufacturers.

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“I’m delighted that so many of our customers took the time to drop by and see us at the show and would like to thank them for their support, in particular A1 Timber Engineering, Bartram Timber, English Brothers, Flight Timber Structures, IJM, Omar Park Homes and Scotts of Thrapston,” he says. With so many BIM-enabling products being exhibited, Wolf’s stand also attracted interest from some competitor company customers who dropped by for a catch-up about the industry or for software demonstrations.

“Overall, there was lots of interest in our company, our products and our software. It can be difficult to measure the success of these types of events, but in this case, all the time and effort that goes into exhibiting was well worth it.

“As a result of the conversations we had with visitors and the data we gathered through our BIM Survey, which you can read more about in this issue, we have some interesting enquiries to follow-up. A proportion of these live enquiries were keen to be put in touch with manufacturers of engineered timber products, so we’ll pass details of our customers on to these contacts as part of our follow-up activity. That way they get the benefit of our presence at Ecobuild too.” Despite the focus, it seems it wasn’t all ‘strictly BIM’ for Wolf from 3rd - 5th March. Karl explains, “Our new easi-joist® technical guide flew off the shelves – so much so that the initial print run was consumed within the first two days of the show and emergency supplies had to be brought in.”

Feedback from both visitors and exhibitors proved that the positive noises from the construction industry last year still resonate. “The impact of the upturn is still being felt and seems set to continue. Construction rates are on the up and recently, we’ve noticed a new phenomenon; the growth in construction shows with at least five new additions to the 2015 calendar. But can you have too much of a good thing? Only time will tell,” Karl says.

So did the 45,000 predicted Ecobuild visitors make it to the Wolf stand? “All I can say is at the end of day three on Thursday evening, it certainly felt like they had!”

For more information about Horizon software, email Karl Foster


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