Ordnance Survey Linked Data

The Ordnance Survey is Great Britains national mapping agency, providing the most accurate and up-to-date geographic data, relied on by government, business and individuals.

OS OpenData is the opening up of Ordnance Survey data as part of the drive to increase innovation and support the “Making Public Data Public” initiative. As part of this initiative Ordnance Survey has published a number of its products as Linked Data.

This dataset combines three separate linked data resources: the 1:50 000 Scale GazetteerCode-Point Open and the administrative geography gazetteer for Great Britain.

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Source: Ordnance Survey Linked Data

Revit Tip – Creating quick 3D sections & floorplans – Graitec Blog

Like many other functions in Revit, there is more than one way to create sectioned 3D views. The way we will look at here uses the view extents from existing 2D views such as sections and plan views to set what is visible in the 3D section, which is a far more controlled way of setting the views up than just activating the section box and moving the shape handles. Just follow the instructions below to get started:

So that you don’t override your default view, create duplicate 3D views and rename them to suit. For a 3D section view ensure that you have created a 2D section and set its extents to show exactly what you want to see in your 3D section. If you are using a floorplan or ceiling plan, then it is mainly the view range that sets the location of the section box. Scope boxes and crop regions will also have a bearing on this.

Open the 3D view you wish to use and right click on the view cube; on the menu you will see the option ‘Orient to View’, which will expand to display the four options shown below. In this case we will select Sections. This will then give you a list of your building sections, and if you look below you can see that some are named and some are not. It is good practise to properly name views that you wish to keep and use for such cases.

revit 3d sections 2

Source: Revit Tip – Creating quick 3D sections & floorplans – Graitec Blog

Working towards a joined-up approach to BIM | BIM+

A working group of the UK BIM Alliance set up to help make the process of sharing product data simpler and more standardised will publish its first report at Digital Construction Week later this month. We speak to the group’s chair Su Butcher to learn more about the process.

Talk us through a bit of the background and what the group is trying to achieve?

Source: Working towards a joined-up approach to BIM | BIM+

Skosmos: BUILDVOC – Thesaurus for the built environment

Building Information Modelling Management (BIMM) is at the forefront of this vocabulary, giving users a reliable source of definitions and concepts.

These terms will be used to promote consistency, efficiency in the built environment. Which will be used for data exchanges, file naming of structured and unstructured data during the lifecycle of buildings.

Health and Safety File Naming Tool Kit for Documents / Drawings under construction design management (CDM) a health and safety file, in which information produced during the development stages, is stored for future works for managing residual risks.

Information contained

  • as built documents→vendors, consultants, client
  • as built drawings → consultants, contractors, suppliers
  • information about products→manufactories

The naming convention tool will aid originators of this information to format the file names in a consistent manner, the outcome is to structure the files for search, and data exchange using a controlled vocabulary with Microsoft excel.

To download the excel file naming tool click here

Source: Skosmos: BUILDVOC – Thesaurus for the built environment

Network – Housing Digital Built Britain — Centre for Digital Built Britain

The Cambridge Centre for Housing and Planning Research (CCHPR) is a research centre within the University of Cambridge’s Department of Land Economy. With over 25 years’ experience of research in policy evaluation and analysis, as well as expertise in housing, poverty and welfare reforms, CCHPR’s key strength is in understanding the complexity of current housing issues and being able to deliver policy-relevant research.

Source: Network – Housing Digital Built Britain — Centre for Digital Built Britain

PwC BIM Benefits Methodology and Report — Centre for Digital Built Britain

To evaluate the actual impact BIM deployment has on asset planning, delivery and operation, PwC were commissioned to develop a BIM Benefits Measurement Methodology (BMM). The BMM sets out a measurement rational and model, whilst the Application Report tests deployment of the BMM on projects that have used BIM in their delivery. As well as providing a methodology for measuring benefits, the BMM Benefits Framework is intended help to define potential BIM benefits from the project outset, following industry plan of work stages. The BMM and associated Report documents are available below.

Source: PwC BIM Benefits Methodology and Report — Centre for Digital Built Britain

Linked data LDAC 2018

Great workshops today at the linked data conference in London at LCU, reviewed some outstanding research into how BIM and linked / structure data could be used together, one of my favourites was from Cardiff university looking how structured sparql queries could assist in reviewing building regulations compliance. Which the construction industry needs tools like this to connect “design” to the real world i.e law.

What is the Asset Information Model (AIM)?

The Asset Information Model or AIM is a term used to describe the collated set of information gathered from all sources that supports the ongoing management of an asset.

The AIM serves as a single source of validated and approved information that relates to a built asset and is used during the operational phase of a building. It is a term that may relate to a single asset, a system of combined assets, or an organisation’s entire portfolio of assets.

Where does the production of the AIM fit in a BIM workflow?
The PAS 1192 suite of documents provide defined processes, such as collaboration using shared models developed to common standards, as well as activities including model co-ordination, interface management, and information quality management.

The Project Information Model (PIM) is developed during the design and construction phase of a project in response to requirements set out in Employer’s Information Requirements (EIR). The PIM will typically consist of a federated building information model, a range of non-graphical data and documentation. Starting off as a design intent model, level of detail will increase and, eventually, become a virtual construction model containing all objects need to be manufactured, constructed or installed.

At project completion required information from the PIM is transferred to the AIM in accordance with the processes and data set out in the EIR. This process is set out in detail in PAS 1192:3.

What information is contained in the AIM?
The AIM comprises models, data, documents and other records related to or required for the operational phase of an asset.

It might include information outlining the original design intent, details of ownership, survey work undertaken, operational performance details as well as 3D models developed on the project.

Who uses the information in the AIM and what for?
The AIM is used by clients, end users and facility managers as a building enters the Operation and In Use phases of the project lifecycle.

Building owner/occupiers will use the data and information contained in the AIM to answer the Organisational Information Requirements (OIR) to support business operations.

Asset management suppliers will use the data contained in the AIM to manage their activities effectively.

The AIM should deliver a fully-populated asset data set that can, if required, be used by computer-aided facility management systems (CAFM). This software allows facility managers to plan, execute and monitor activities required to deliver proactive and reactive maintenance, explore space configuration and manage moves. Vendors like Bentley (Asset Wise), Business Collaborator (BC), Ecodomus (BIM Platform) and others produce software products that allow an asset information model to be established.

£1m Innovate UK contract to help digitise Government construction projects – press release display page – innovateuk

Innovate UK has awarded a £1m contract to RIBA Enterprises to develop a prototype digital tool that is set to transform the procurement of buildings and infrastructure at home and abroad.
Free to use, the tool will exploit the standards being made publicly available for Building Information Modelling (BIM).  Regarded as a ‘game-changer’, BIM involves the sharing of three-dimensional data and associated asset information by all responsible for the design, construction and operation of buildings and infrastructure.
RIBA Enterprises has been awarded the contract following an open competition launched in February 2014 and run in partnership with the Department for Business (BIS) and the joint industry-government BIM Task Group.
See the full article
£1m Innovate UK contract to help digitise Government construction projects – press release display page – innovateuk.