Designing and building it - You are never too small to BIM

27 February 2013

10:00 AM - 4:15 PM


Business Space, Chiltern House, City Road, Truro, Cornwall, TR1 2JL


As design of the built environment becomes more technically demanding, new ways of delivering projects are emerging and the Government is strongly encouraging the profession to use BIM (Building Information Modelling). What does this mean and what are the implications for the main stream of small architectural practices? What does this mean for our businesses and our obligations to clients? And what does this mean to the other professions we work with?

A more comfortable and valid interpretation of the BIM acronym is Better Information Management.

This means that all architectural practices have been ‘doing’ BIM during their entire existence. It is simply a case of 'Can we manage information better?'. That activity does not necessarily need high investment in software or a major change in the way we work, but there are some simple principles of information management that can improve our response to our clients and benefit the practice as well.

BIM for SMEs case studies

This seminar will be followed by two comprehensive presentations by architectural practices who will give their viewpoint on BIM, focusing on the approach taken, the benefits perceived, what works and what does not whilst explaining how BIM can assist with the production and coordination of information. In Truro, Andy Lolley of Catchfrench Design and Simon Francis of Capita Symonds accompanied by a structural engineer and a QS and in Salisbury, Robert Klaschka and Patrick Wilson.


Steve Race was part of a team that developed one of the first 3D multi-disciplinary CAD systems at Oxford Regional Health Authority 35 years ago, a system which would now carry the label 'BIM'. From then until the present day, he has accumulated a unique body of experience in co-operative working which embraces software platforms, business strategies, project team facilitation and a more collaborative legal landscape as means of exploring and implementing BIM.

His commitment to more co-operative ways of working has been the driving force behind a career that has embraced high profile live projects in the commercial and public sectors, as well as a number of strategic European and other research projects. Five years ago, he was the first to start teaching a combination of BIM, collaborative contracts and process at undergraduate and post graduate levels to a younger generation of architects at Oxford Brookes University. He has always been an independent consultant with a research, develop and practical application philosophy. He is now the champion of the CIC BIM hub in the SW.

2013 City CPD Club


RIBA/CIAT members £135 + VAT (£162)
Non-RIBA members £200 + VAT (£240)
RIBA Student £50 + VAT members (£60)


Michelle Taylor
0844 800 2767


RIBA South West

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