As 2019 comes to a close, Dzen team is now off for a well-deserved break until the New Year. We leave you with some of the strategic BIM stories of 2019, reminding ourselves of the great lengths some of the organisations went to drive BIM and Digital Twin agenda forward globally.

Digital Twin

Image courtesy: Center for Digital Built Britain

The idea of digital twin in the AECO industry continues to gain traction. Here in the UK, Center for Digital Built Britain (CDBB) in partnership with Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) hosted an inaugural National Digital Twin Day event at its London HQ.

“The event featured contributions from digital pioneers from government and industry delivering expert guidance and practical insights on digital twins. National Digital Twin Day also marked the launch of CDBB’s Digital Twin Hub ‘DT Hub’ and the release of CDBB’s new animation ‘What is the National Digital Twin?’ ”

Read more about the event

International BIM Standard – ISO 19650

ISO 19650, a new set of International Standards has been published to enable BIM to flourish across projects and borders. ISO 19650, Organization and digitization of information about buildings and civil engineering works, including building information modelling (BIM) – Information management using building information modelling, provides a framework for managing information through collaborative working using BIM. The first two parts, part-1 and part-2, are published and rapidly being adopted globally.

“ISO 19650 was developed on the basis of the tried-and-tested British standard BS 1192 and publicly available specification PAS 1192-2, which have already been shown to help users save up to 22 % in construction costs,” said Jøns Sjøgren, Chair of the ISO technical subcommittee that developed the standards.

“Taking this to an international level not only means more effective collaboration on global projects, but allows designers and contractors working on all kinds of building works to have clearer and more efficient information management.”

Click here for ISO 19650 international version

Click here for ISO 19650 UK version

BIM to be mandatory for residential projects in the UK

Here in the UK, The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government released a consultation report in June 2019 on a new regulatory framework to implement the recommendations set out in the Hackitt Review, post Grenfell fire in June 2017.

“Whilst we do not plan to mandate that particular software is used to store information as part of the golden thread, we may choose to mandate that the golden thread of building information complies with building information modelling (BIM) standards,” says the consultation document.

Click here to see the consultation document

Bentley and Topcon launch of Digital Construction Works at YII 2019

Image courtesy: Digital Construction Works

At Bentley YII 2019 in Singapore, Bentley Systems and Topcon Positioning Systems launched a new collaboration called Digital Construction Works. With a staff of digital construction experts, this new company will help businesses identify and implement the best processes and technology to automate and optimize construction operations for improved and predictable project results and for on-time, on-budget project delivery.

Read more about Digital Construction works

Autodesk launch of Autodesk Construction Cloud

Image courtesy: Autodesk

At Autodesk University 2019 in Las Vegas Autodesk announced Autodesk Construction Cloud, bringing together advanced technologies, builders network and predictive insights for construction industry.

“ With AssembleBIM 360BuildingConnected and PlanGrid, we’ve brought together the most powerful portfolio of construction management software products in the industry. We now support workflows spanning all phases of construction, from design, to planning, to building, to operations in a way no other company can. ”

“With Autodesk Construction Cloud, we’re introducing a new era of connected construction and offering unrivaled integration between headquarters, office and field teams. We’ve never been more dedicated nor clearer in our mission to empower designers, contractors and owners to meet the world’s rapidly expanding construction needs, while helping to make building more predictable, safe and sustainable.” said Jim Lynch, vice president and general manager, Autodesk Construction Solutions. 

Read more about Autodesk Construction Cloud

We will be back on 2 January, 2020. In the meantime, from all of the Dzen team, we wish you all a very Merry Christmas, a Happy New Year and a wonderful break!

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