Testing openBIM data exchange for client specific data sets

July 24, 2018. By


As many of you who read this blog regularly know, Bond Bryan Digital promote open standards wherever possible to exchange information between different project stakeholders. The primary methods of exchange we utilise on our projects are PDF, XLSX, IFC, COBie and BCF (and DWG if we really have to!). Many are still sceptical about information exchange using certain formats. This is particularly true of IFC (Industry Foundation Classes) which is described by ISO16739:2013. The truth though is that the IFC schema is not really to blame. The issue is that the exchange is often poor because of either poor implementation of the schema by vendors or poor implementation by users. Continue reading

Bond Bryan at BIM Show Live 2018

December 28, 2017. By


Last year I decided to take a break from presenting at BIM Show Live. I subsequently won the ‘wooden spoon’ for not being ‘bothered to enter a submission’. Ooopss!! So I thought I better submit something this year!! Instead of just one submission though, Bond Bryan have 3 presentations at BIM Show Live 2018!

There will be two from me and one from my Bond Bryan colleague Rosey Alexander (Associate), who will share her story of how she is engaging and helping develop staff’s skills at Bond Bryan Architects.

Below is more information about each of these classes. Continue reading



LEGO Architecture meets BIM – Part 31: Handover Information

November 27, 2017. By


So this series finally draws to a close (or at least for now!). We have been publishing blog pieces in this series since March 2016, however the journey for this project started way back in early 2015. Its been a fun project to work on but at the same time massively time consuming and challenging. In many ways it reflects real life projects! Continue reading

LEGO Architecture meets BIM – Part 30: FM Handover

October 17, 2017. By


When I had the original idea for the LEGO series one of the main goals was to demonstrate how open standards could be used throughout the project. Many of these processes are well documented and shared amongst the BIM community. However, little is available on how information is exchanged into Facilities Management (FM) software. Part of my aspiration for the blog was that we could use the LEGO model to demonstrate a little of this digital handover process. So the question is: What does that design and construction information from a BIM process actually look like in an FM tool? Continue reading

LEGO Architecture meets BIM – Part 29: Construction Reality

September 20, 2017. By


Throughout this blog series we have discussed some of the many benefits of a BIM approach. Of course there are more than this blog series will cover but the aim of the series has always been to show how BIM can be applied to anything, even a child’s toy, if you really want to embrace a BIM process. Continue reading

LEGO Architecture meets BIM – Part 28: COBie

August 21, 2017. By


We are now moving towards the end of the blog series on LEGO Architecture meets BIM. In this post we look at how the data from the LEGO model can be extracted into a COBie format.  The main purpose of COBie is to provide a transfer mechanism of data produced with a BIM process into a format that can be used by Facilties Managers. This data is provided for maintaining an asset (in this case the Villa Savoye, although in LEGO format!) after the completion of construction. Continue reading

LEGO Architecture meets BIM – Part 26: Common Data Environments

July 10, 2017. By


BIM is often misunderstood simply as technology, a deliverable or all about the model. However PROCESS is the most important aspect of any BIM project. A successful BIM project is one that follows a defined process effectively and efficiently, using technology to produce deliverables (these may or may not come from a model). In the UK much of this starts with ‘BIM Level 1’. I have written previously in detail on this subject but a core requirement for a project is the use of a Common Data Environment or CDE for short.  Continue reading

LEGO Architecture meets BIM – Part 25: Making Waste Visible

June 12, 2017. By


The posts in this series have been very focussed on the uses of the model that we created at the beginning of this series. These have all been very focussed to date on how technology can be used to support a BIM process. However in this post we look beyond the technology to consider how a BIM mindset can provide added value to projects. Continue reading

LEGO Architecture meets BIM – Part 24: Mobile Part 2

May 30, 2017. By


In the last post we looked at how the LEGO Architecture meets BIM project could be shared with GRAPHISOFT BIMx. As I said in that post I love BIMx as a mobile application, however it is largely restricted to GRAPHISOFT ARCHICAD users. The application of BIM requires many different stakeholders to come together. This change to a more collaborative culture needs to have as few barriers as possible so as an industry we must ensure that technology does not divide us further. So without going into a whole host of reasons, we need open solutions to share our information as easily as possible. Continue reading