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Forming Teams – Steve Austin

This video is designed to provide a starting point awareness of forming teams and collaboration.

At Coventry University we have been running a number of modules using a flipped approach. The Flipped approach that we have adopted is to have students review a directed collection of theory outside of the classroom, which then frees up the ‘lecture’ time to work through activity based discussion and content. The idea is to make better use of the contact time we have.

Links to Coventry University, where we have a selection of courses that include, Group work, BIM and Construction –  Click link here

All unique images within the video are created by myself unless otherwise referenced within. If information is sourced it will be referenced and used for tutorial and teaching purposes with an aim of improving knowledge and understanding.

I have all rights to distribute this video through my colleague and the presenter Stephan Austin. I myself was technical lead, and editor of all content. I have, as an employer of Coventry University prior permission to use this media logo’s. This material and its content is copyright of Danny McGough and Stephan Austin unless other wise stated as referenced material as above – ArchiTECT-BIM 2015. All rights reserved. Any redistribution or reproduction of part or all of the contents in any form is prohibited

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Facing Risk – Steve Austin

This video is designed to give a starting point awareness on facing risk within a teamwork environment.

At Coventry University we have been running a number of modules using a flipped approach. The Flipped approach that we have adopted is to have students review a directed collection of theory outside of the classroom, which then frees up the ‘lecture’ time to work through activity based discussion and content. The idea is to make better use of the contact time we have.

Links to Coventry University, where we have a selection of courses that include, Group work, BIM and Construction – Click link here

 

All unique images within the video are created by myself unless otherwise referenced within. If information is sourced it will be referenced and used for tutorial and teaching purposes with an aim of improving knowledge and understanding.

I have all rights to distribute this video through my colleague and the presenter Stephan Austin. I myself was technical lead, and editor of all content. I have, as an employer of Coventry University prior permission to use this media logo’s. This material and its content is copyright of Danny McGough and Stephan Austin unless other wise stated as referenced material as above – ArchiTECT-BIM 2015. All rights reserved. Any redistribution or reproduction of part or all of the contents in any form is prohibited

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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.

Additional information can be fund through associated routes such:

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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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The Misconceptions of BIM

(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 reach a summary singular definition for BIM is extremely difficult.  There is a mass of differing definitions, perspectives and approaches than can often be valuable when understanding BIM however a number may have the opposite effect. Reaching a consensus amongst the informed masses on BIM is gaining momentum with greater awareness on BIM being demonstrated and recorded across the AEC industry.

An early stage render showing BIPV refit optionMany not so useful definitions, or maybe better termed assumptions exist such as BIM is purely about the 3D model. This was the common misconception of BIM in the early years but hopefully it’s a misinterpretation that we have or are very near to moving beyond. Another assumption similar to the above is that BIM is solely a technical process, assuming that once the tech is in place we can push the magic BIM button and the design appears at an instant. A better understanding of BIM is aware that BIM goes beyond the technology aspects and draws together a combination of the people, technology, process and policy. It is within this BIM quartet of factors that personally I find BIM clearer defined. BIM or useful and successful adoption of BIM requires the BIM quartet of factors to be considered and aligned appropriately. The technology on its own can not navigate a team for a BIM project. The technology is simply a support tool within the process.

Likewise process implementation such as proper planning support documents, regulations and protocols such as the PAS 1192, BIM protocol, Implementation and execution plans are crucial to successful adoption. Prudent industry representatives are buying into this factor and learning from the early mistakes made by many AEC organisations in the like of purchasing waves of technology with no real consideration to the process and cultural change required. Which as you can imagine leads to expensive no return ventures into the world of proprietary software choices. Proper process planning leading into organisational BIM adoption like wise to project BIM adoption helps to support and smooth the process. Having experienced BIM adoption in projects for retrofit, without adequate process and cultural planning the wasted workload, time and costs are clear to see. It would be wrong to state adequate process and organisational planning clears the path for assumed success, however it defiantly supports towards successful adoption.pas 1192 use

And finally the consideration of the people within the BIM adoption process. This factor, i.e. The directors and the users etc. cannot be underestimated. Disgruntled and unhappy adopters will only leads to negativity within the process. This negativity leads to essential BIM corners being cut. Some processes within BIM clearly save time from the outset however others such as the understanding and awareness of new software take some investment. It’s this need for investment from users that can often put many off and leads to the anti-BIM reactions, which it could be argued are not solely tied to the genuine known or agreed shortfalls of BIM but instead are incarnations of the reluctance to change.

In summary, one perspective of BIM is that BIM isn’t a newfound tool, nor simply a newfound process but rather it is the adoption of existing best practices which already exist within industry with a twist of ‘new’ enabling tools to facilitate the process. It’s making the information available when you need and want it and is naturally encouraging positive collaboration. The technologies and processes provide a modern and 21st century infrastructure to support this best practice.

 

Flipped classroom considerations:

Also watch the external videos below by the B1M team

What is a “BIM Model”? | The B1M –

All credit for the below video goes to the team at B1M which can be found at the following website;  http://www.TheB1M.com Permission has been sort and provided by Fred Mills of B1M to embed his material on this site with credit forwarded.

Imagine (what BIM could do) | The B1M

Discussion points:

  • What misconceptions have you heard or perceived yourself prior to reading further into BIM?
  • Do you see BIM as a useful tool or another forced process or hoop you have to jump through?
  • Consider how BIM can be used to reduce waste, such as time, cost and material waste.
  • What impact will BIM have on improvements within energy performance?
  • Considering the quartet of factors discussed above how do each of these factors differ from each other?
  • What are the key success factors of each of the 4 factors

 

 

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