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BiLT ANZ 2018 Conference.


This year saw the continuation of the greater BIM theme that RTC Events are delivering with their BiLT direction.  It gave an opportunity for one of my favourite Sessions that discussed Automating the home, completely left-field from a Revit Direction that several years ago would have been less inclined to include, but more on that further down.  Coming into these type of Conferences, I believe that you need to understand that you are going to pick up half a dozen key points that you can then take back with you to the office, it is unlikely that you will find BIMlightenment unless your practices are still stuck in the 2D analogue. I believe you need to put in a genuine effort to make something of these events.  Treat it like an open source, all you can eat, BIM buffet.  You need to get in there and fill up your plate.

General Overview

Standing back from the kaleidoscope of BIM-centric Session possibilities that BiLT offers, I appreciated the effort that has gone into the smooth flow and the continuity of the Event. From the attendees getting around to different presentations, to the diverse range of information that Presenters have created and RTC Events have selected.  I was just thinking that it has the Bunnings Warehouse feel, where there is always a Staff Member at hand to answer random (hungover) questions and guidance.  RTC Events have been running these Globally for 7 Years now and their experience shows, if you didn’t attend this year, hopefully, I will see you there in Melbourne next year.  I am curious about the feedback on the Open Panel Sessions run during the Lunch breaks, the intention was good, but I felt the delivery was difficult to hear with all the background conversations.

These are a few of my favourite things.

There is something special that the Sessions are Industry people like ourselves. Sure some may present more often, while others are stuck behind a desk all day smashing out information for a Project Deliverable.  But these are honest moments of people opening up their experiences for the higher purpose of sharing and improving their community.

Some of my faves were:

Site Tools in Revit  – Nathan Love
Home Automation  – Chad Smith and Joe Banks
Global Parameters – Brian Mackey

Unfortunately, I missed:

Revit Add-Ins – Carl Storms
Pipe Automation – Ryan Lenihan

Here is what some others thought.

Leanne Heriot
Project: Melbourne Private Jet Base:
Kurt Nolan & Sash Jojic Hutchinson Builders

The broadened focus was very noticeable and the most exciting thing for me was the widened range of industry represented. I particularly liked this talk for a number of reasons. The project itself was a landmark structure so the topic was interesting and hearing about how BIM was utilised from the perspective of a D&C contractor was a good insight into the practical application of building modelling and how useful the information can be to the actual construction of a project

Carl Storms (The Bimsider)
Geeks – Part of the open discussion during lunch.
It was a great session with 5 of the best from our community telling it like it is, no censorship or holding back… It was also very entertaining!

Chad Smith
Schedule Your BIM. Who Does What, How and When.
Stewart Caldwell, Russell and Yelland Architects

Many companies tend to overcomplicate their BIM delivery through unnecessarily lengthy execution plans which either don’t make sense or are never read. Stewart showed us a no-fuss approach, focusing on just the details which matter to mitigate project delivery risk.

Nathan Love
The worst BIM projects – Case Study.
Luke Johnson

Hey mate, hard to say what my favourite was, this Case Study was good to see a real example of the negatives of a painful project, instead of just highlighting only positives.

Wrapping it up.

I mentioned in my blog last year about the imbalance of gender diversity at these events and I was impressed with BiLT in creating a Discussion Panel about this point in the workforce.  I was watching Justine Clark from ArchiParlour and thinking of my Daughter (who is a long way off from employment), but I hope the gender diversity landscape continually improves so that she can be rewarded for the intelligent being that she is.

Hats off to the BIM community for sharing their experiences, it is estimated that it takes about 20hrs to 80hrs to create a 75min presentation and being that I ran two sessions this year, my work and my family can attest to that. And it’s the reward after your presentation of your peers shaking your hand and thanking your for efforts,  that’s a feeling can’t be bought off iTunes.

I leave you with this thought; in a technological world where automation and instant gratification are highly coveted, it felt good to be in a room with people, who are trying really hard with their own personal long-term efforts, to make things better.


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