A conference for experts of design, construction and digital production will be held in Skolkovo


On October the 3rd, Autodesk University Russia 2018, the annual Autodesk conference for experts in the field of design, construction and digital production, will take place in Skolkovo. This year’s presentation will be made by David Philp, who is involved in the development of the Digital Built Britain strategy in the UK Government. David is also the director of global consulting for BIM / TIM AECOM, a research fellow at four institutes, including the Royal Institute of Building and the Royal Institute of Certified Surveyors, a member of the Builders Guild and the author of several works on BIM. On the eve of AU Russia 2018, we asked David a few questions.

David, tell us how you combine your activities in AECOM and the UK Government?

I have been cooperating with the UK Government on the implementation of BIM since 2011, when the implementation of the state construction strategy began. Today I am engaged in the Digital Built Britain initiative. As part of the program, we familiarize government customers with the benefits of working with information and using it throughout the life cycle. AECOM does the same, where we support our clients in the so-called analytical approach to construction, helping them to create digital counterparts of real estate objects.

Please tell us more about Digital Built Britain’s strategy?

Digital Built Britain is focused on the digitization of the entire life cycle of our construction projects. Its goal is to translate infrastructure and construction into a figure, as well as to change the approach of participants in the UK construction industry to how we plan, build, support and use our social and economic infrastructure. The program is headed by the Digital Built Britain Strategy Center (Center of Digital Built Britain, CDBB), created in cooperation with the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and the University of Cambridge.

Which countries do you consider the most progressive in terms of implementing BIM?

In my opinion, in Scotland, where I come from, a lot of work has been done in this direction. This was achieved thanks to a centralized approach to BIM, energetic policies and simple tools that are designed to support the work with the state order. Serious work with BIM is also underway in Singapore, where it is possible to transfer the model for verification as part of the process for obtaining permission to carry out a government order project. In addition, in Singapore, serious attention is paid to teamwork in the virtual design and construction environment, which allows you to complement the model and get great benefit from it.

What do you think about the introduction of BIM in Russia?

Strategic implementation and a coordinated approach to BIM can provide enormous advantages and opportunities for one of the largest construction industries in the world. In my opinion, large design and construction organizations have already made significant investments – serious progress is seen in the training and implementation of BIM technology. Nonetheless, the Russian construction industry should focus on new integrated processes and teamwork in order to unlock the potential of digital workflows. It is also important that the Ministry of Construction and Housing and Utilities examines the results of pilot BIM projects and disseminates information about savings and other benefits. I also watch with interest the open BIM standards that are developing rapidly in Russia.

Today is very important the introduction of BIM at the construction site and the use of future technologies. How do you think the digital construction will develop in the next 10 years?

I believe that there will be much more technology associated with advanced production in construction. And the biggest change will happen when we change the commercial model of construction (as well as UBER changed the taxi sector) and become more focused on the result using a combination of sensors and a blockchain. We will talk about this in more detail at AU Russia.

What will be the main idea of ​​your speech?

The key idea of ​​my speech is that the construction in the form in which we know it, will soon die. I will talk about how the physical and digital construction environment comes together and show you how the use of advanced production technologies, such as robots, will allow you to create smart construction objects.

Source: Moskovskaya perspektiva