Boosting confidence in BIM at Ecobuild 2015

Over three days at the beginning of March (3rd – 5th) more than 45,000 visitors are expected to flock to Ecobuild, the UK’s most influential and inspiring construction event, reaching out to over 1 million industry professionals across sustainable design, construction and energy.

This year’s event will put BIM (Building Information Modelling) in the spotlight, with a dedicated ‘BIM Zone’ in the North Hall giving it the prominence and attention it deserves as the 2016 BIM adoption deadline approaches. Karl Foster, Wolf Systems Sales and Marketing Director explains what makes this year’s event a must-visit for both the BIM-savvy and BIM-curious.

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“The next twelve months are critical. BIM is soon to become mandatory for all Government funded building projects and its influence is already being felt for those also involved in privately funded construction, such as major contractors and house builders,” says Karl.

According to Ian Chapman, Director of the NBS National BIM Library and Director of buildSMART UK, awareness of BIM is now ‘nearly universal in the UK at 95%.’ Most of us have, to varying degree, an appreciation of its potential to help deliver better buildings, projects more efficiently and run buildings more effectively. The challenge however, according to Ian is, ‘the lack of confidence the industry has in implementing it.’

With this in mind, Ecobuild 2015 is offering free BIM training led by NBS (National Building Specification) across the three days of the show. Training, available at all levels, is geared at helping every professional, from facilities managers and surveyors, to designers and architects to adopt BIM within their business.

“Cross discipline adoption and ownership of BIM is only going to be achieved through better understanding and training.”Ian Chapman

“If you think you know BIM, or even if you’re just dipping your toes in the water, Ecobuild is the place to be,” says Karl. “The event will help you discover the implications of BIM and importantly, reveal how best to ensure its smooth and productive adoption.”

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Timber frame is of course very much part of the collaborative BIM picture. Wolf will be showcasing Horizon 2015 – the UK’S first and only timber frame tool built on Autodesk’s Revit platform - at Ecobuild this year and encourages timber frame, trussed rafter and floor designers to visit its stand, N5020 in the BIM section of Ecobuild’s Sustainable Design and Construction Hall.

“It’s vital that timber frame takes up the BIM gauntlet and we’re really looking forward to showing how Horizon can give manufacturers of roof trusses, floor systems and timber frame the edge. For the first time, they will be able to work with organisations such as the public sector or large house builders that require all suppliers to work in a BIM environment. In this context, it’s a game-changer,” Karl adds.

Wolf also hopes to go some way in closing the BIM adoption ‘confidence gap’ within timber frame. “We’ll be offering our thoughts on how manufacturers of roof trusses, floor systems and timber frame can become involved in the BIM process and contribute with other key stakeholders in construction projects. It’s a new way of working, perhaps requiring a different mindset, but we hope people will see that with the right tools, BIM adoption needn’t be daunting or difficult,” says Karl.

“There’ll be plenty of authoritative BIM insights on offer throughout the show,” he continues. “Our stand is immediately adjacent to the main BIM Arena, where key speakers include David Philp, Head of BIM implementation UK Government Cabinet Office and Richard Waterhouse, CEO of NBS and RIBA Enterprises. There are also numerous BIM workshops and seminars available and even a Genius Bar where you can drop in and have your BIM questions answered by industry experts across all spheres –something for everybody, so we hope to see you there.”

Entry to the show is free when using this link:


If you’d like to book an appointment with Wolf Systems at Ecobuild, please email Karl Foster or telephone 02476 602303.


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