Still pondering the path to Building Information Modelling (BIM)? Or already on the path and need some advice? There’s a new BIM conference for Revit users in Holland.
Like me, you are probably thinking the last thing we need right now is another BIM conference. I’ve been wondering why the recent London-based BIM conferences have been so tiring and come to the conclusion that it’s because they are all the same and, other than hype, there’s very little information to be gained that can be practically applied.
As I wrote last month, we are now at the ‘Dalek’ stage of evangelism where “resistance is useless” and failure to adapt to BIM means staff are cancerous.
This week on Twitter I heard: “If the team can’t cut it, get a new team.” I am not sure if this is helpful to anyone, other than the speakers venting their frustration with dealing with internal BIM intransigence.
Most of the BIM conferences I’ve been to have been free and supported by major CAD vendors, so perhaps the hard sell is going to be self evident. But perhaps BIM conferences don’t have to all be like that?
Revit Technology Conferences (RTC) was set up by an Australian architect and BIM fan and trainer, Wesley Benn. With fellow users he created and ran a successful series of paid-for Revit Technology Conferences in Australasia and North America. With the same team and European committee members, he has announced an inaugural European Revit Technology Conference in Delft, the Netherlands, on 27 and 28 September 2013.
The conference will be presented in English and will showcase a selection of premier speakers from Australasia and North America, as well as industry heavyweights within the European market.
Popular AEC Magazine authors such as Paul Woddy (White Frog Publishing and Revit Guru) and David Light (BIM consultant with CASE) will be presenting, along with Autodesk’s Matt Jezyk, senior product manager for AEC conceptual design products (he helped build Revit Architecture and Structure) and David Conant (principal user experience designer for Revit). Industry speakers include those from HOK, Renzo Piano Building Workshop, Perkins+Will and Quille Construction.
The organisers aim to help delegates to explore the latest trends and technologies in BIM. There are a number of proven BIM experts on the circuit, from procurement to construction, so attendees should be able to mine that experience.
Delegates are invited to share ideas and insights with an international community of peers. To this end a number of social events have been planned.
With Autodesk experts on hand there’s also the chance to get an overview of new or forthcoming features, best practices and tips and tricks.
Looking through the schedule, there appear to be some interesting presentations planned, such as: How to Connect Real-world Environmental Data to a BIM; A two-year case study of using Revit on an Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) Healthcare Project; IFC interoperability; and using Revit servers across the world. The programme appears to be pretty in-depth and useful to those seeking to make the most out of their Revit investment.