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RESSEEPE – Coventry University Activities

January has been a busy month for Coventry University (CU). For the latest RESSEEPE meeting CU made the trip to Skellefteå, which is one of the four demo sites within the project. The discussion of the meeting was focused around the next immediate steps to be taken. The upcoming installation phase of the project will be a critical period in which the demo sites will continue or begin to carry out the interventions upon the demo buildings. 

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Coventry’s demo and living lab activities including the Richard Crossman (RC) and John Laing (JL) buildings will revolve around a number of proved and state of the art installations. For the Richard Crossman demo building the focus will be on testing the performance of somewhat proven technologies looking to establish the impact on a building wide scale. Included within the demo site will be Photovoltaic panels on the roof, LED lighting upgrade throughout the circulation and common spaces, roof insulation improvements and high performance Windows, curtain wall system and a modern Building Management system. The focus will be on the integration of these systems to improve the overall performance of the building. Work on RC has been progressing well with the high performance Windows, curtain system and roof improvement works complete.

The John Laing building is within a slightly earlier phase of the project. Additionally the intervention strategy is taking on a greater experimental ethos with many of the interventions on the cusp of technology advancement. The technologies to be installed on John Laing include aerogel insulation embedded into a unique and innovative render application solution. Aerogel will be tested in 3 separate but localised areas on John Laing with each area having variations in specification and approach.  The strategy will be to use the variations to evaluate comparative critical impact. Phase change materials (PCM) will be implemented into 2 spaces with JL and progress is at the detailed design stage. A ventilated facade with integrated PV on the external face and vacuum insulated panels (VIP) on the inside face will be placed externally on one module of the facade.  VIP will also be tested in isolation in a separate facade module. Within a single space a combination of the technologies (VF, VIP, PV and PCM) will be tested which focusing on the combined impact of the interventions. The data from the isolated spaces will provide a set of control benchmarks with the combination space providing data for the integrated impact. The data gained from the JL interventions will be extrapolated to evaluate potential whole building impact.

Coventry University has also been working on stakeholder engagement and dissemination. As part of the construction based curriculum a group project has been established which all undergraduates will take part in. The project is focused on a scenario-based refurbishment of the John Laing building.IMG_2048 A significant criterion of the project is for students to consider the relevance and context of the RESSEEPE activities. This approach has a number of benefits for CU and the RESSEEPE project with students gaining a greater awareness of the proposed activities on the estate as well as experiencing a real life scenario based project brief.

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What impact will BIM have on you?

(Exercise support content contained in this article. These articles are developed to support flipped learning approach so some comments are present to direct higher education discussion)

The Architecture, Engineering and Construction industry is going through quite a substantial change period as its adapting to new collaborative working processes. Many existing industry practitioners, new to the industry and those with vast experience are also going through a personal transition phase as the industry moves closer towards the BIM perspective.

Regardless of whether you are coming from a resistant position towards BIM or from an open adopter one thing that can’t be argued is the progression towards greater digital and technology adoption within the industry. The increasing curve in digital immersion and adoption will remain strong. Specification documents such as thePAS 1192-2:2013 are in active circulation providing a strong platform of guidance with BS 1192-4:2014 actually already set as a British Standard in September 2015 setting the code of practice for Construction Operations Building Information Exchange. The form of this progression will continue to evolve and change as the years pass but one thing is for sure, better collaboration and more efficient processes will always be a natural driver ensuring the drive towards increased collaboration and digital fluency as a ‘process’ is here to stay.

Some key considerations as we progress through this process are what the impact will be on us as individuals.  The degree of cultural change and shock will naturally vary depending on the past, current and future personal position. For some it will be a slight change such as recent graduates or those about to enter the industry whilst for other it may be a major shock to the system with a substantial impact in the way you work.

Flipped classroom considerations:

  1. Read the above article
  2. Read this article with graduate reflections on entering industry click link here
  3. Watch the video and read the article here click link here

Discussion points:

  • What impact has BIM had on you personally, if any?
  • What impact will BIM have on you personally?
  • Why should you adopt BIM?
  • How will BIM impact your profession?
  • What aspects of BIM do you find interesting and going forward what would you like to learn more about?
  • From content 3, what are the critical areas that each discipline is focused on?
  • Again from point 3, what benefits are proposed to each discipline discussed?

Please feel free to add comments on the discussion set above.

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Whole Life Approach to BIM part 2

This is a short video I created aimed at providing an introductory awareness of BIM, from zero forwards. This particular video focus on Whole life performance and sustainability. The video was created in 2014. The work has been supported by multiple existing research and statements made by industry and academic individuals which I’ve then collated and interpreted into my own perspective.

Links to Coventry University, where we have a selection of courses that include BIM and Construction – Coventry University – School of Energy, Construction and Environment

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Whole Life Approach to BIM part 1

This is a short video I created aimed at providing an introductory awareness of BIM, from zero forwards. This particular video focus on Whole Life performance and sustainability. The video was created in 2014. The work has been supported by multiple existing research and statements made by industry and academic individuals which I’ve then collated and interpreted into my own perspective.

Links to Coventry University, where we have a selection of courses that include BIM and Construction – Coventry University – School of Energy, Construction and Environment

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Data Collection and Management;COBie part 2

This is a short video I created aimed at providing an introductory awareness of BIM, from zero forwards. This particular video focus on the Data collection and Management. The video was created in 2014. The work has been supported by multiple existing research and statements made by industry and academic individuals which I’ve then collated and interpreted into my own perspective.

Links to Coventry University, where we have a selection of courses that include BIM and Construction – Coventry University – School of Energy, Construction and Environment

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