Well that was quite a week. Having coordinated BIM Show Live for the last 8 years we are prepared for most things. One thing we hadn’t considered was the worst snow in 25 years.
On the morning of the first day we were very concerned no one would turn up due to the weather. Fortunately, with having the awards the evening before, many had travelled early which meant they were already in Newcastle. All our sponsors were there, and thankfully the majority of our speakers were ready and rearing to go. If ever there was a time for the expression “the show must go on” this was it!
The snow was here to stay and throughout the event showed no signs of letting up. We were incredibly fortunate that everyone just got on with it and if anything, the dreadful weather just added to the excitement and certainly made it a memorable event for all.
To add to the excitement, the event certainly went off with a bang! At the end of the first keynote session there was the loudest thunder I have ever heard. Initially we all thought it was the sound system, however it turned out it was a rare clash of ‘thunder snow’.
The opening session was well balanced. David Philip went thought progress across the sector to date and even brought some pictures for BIM Show Live from years gone by, it showed how much the event has grown over the years.
Despite the growth in the adoption of BIM, my opening presentation highlighted the challenges we still face, from the understanding of ‘level 2 BIM’ to the catastrophic events of Grenfell Tower and the collapse of Carillion.
The keynote from Anders Hivid presented us with a challenge; how can we disrupt, innovate and create ripples in the industry to drive change and challenge the norm? Without disruption we will stagnate, and the industry will not adapt to the needs of the population and the built environment.
The classes this year were certainly our best yet. The BIM Show Live community is now focussed on data, robotics, blockchain and computational design. Alongside this we also ran our first ‘Inspirations Day’ which saw over 200 school children immerse themselves in the career possibilities in an ever-changing digital construction sector.
When we set out on this journey in 2011 few of us could have anticipated how far things have developed and the boundaries we continue to push. From a personal perspective I have just about been able to understand most of the discussions and classes. However, this year some of the computational design and blockchain classes were way beyond me. I took this as a positive as it demonstrates we have a new generation of thinking and people who can push us even further.
As ever one of the unique parts of the BIM Show Live conference is the sense of community. The events and opportunities to talk between the conference timetable are as important as the conference itself. The BIM Awards was a great success and a celebration of the industry and the standards of BIM we can achieve as a collective community.
The BIM Show party had the usual music from a BIM band. This year it was BIM. Technologies Kong Hoang and his band with a guest appearance from Revitzo Rhys.
The event was unexpectedly extended for a few people. Those hoping to get back to Scotland after the show were stuck in Newcastle for an extra few days due to the weather. A great excuse to take advantage of the sights and sounds of our vibrant city. Undoubtedly this was a ‘BIM Snow’ event that will be talking point for years to come. We experienced thunder snow, snowmen and BIM revolutions. We go forward with an appetite for disruption and changing the scope of BIM one project at a time. I think we achieved everything we wanted to. We continued to discuss how we can work together to achieve a better construction sector. We have also proved how this can be done collaboratively whilst having fun as a single community. Same time next year?