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Autodesk University London 2018 & World Cup 2018

Wow last week was a busy week with a 4 day trip to London for AutoDESK University 2018.

It started off with a 07:09 train from Wigan North Western to London Euston that was delayed by 20 minutes due to trespassers on the line between Lancaster & Preston. Not the start i wanted!

Instead of arriving in Euston at 09.10 & having 50 minutes to travel across London to the Arcadis BIM forum I was left with just 25 minutes to do the same journey.

I arrived at the forum at 10:10 (only 10 minutes late) not too bad as it was at the Tower Hotel near Tower Bridge & St Katherine’s Dock

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The day was spent with approx 120 Arcadians from all over Europe listening to how Arcadis is transforming itself into a Digital & BIM leader within our industry. AutoDESK were also out our internal meeting which shows the partnership & closeness of our two great companies.

In the evening Arcadis had put on a BBQ & beers for our staff to mingle & get to know each other. This was done in a private area outside of the hotel on the banks of the River Thames. We also had a large screen showing England’s opening game in the 2018 World Cup against Tunisia.

Arcadis Staff at the BIM forum

The rooms we were given in the hotel were a little more expensive than our usual budget as we usually have a budget of £125/night however the rooms we’d been allocated were £190/night. This caused some concerns of being able to get them approved & pushed through our expenses system.

Some of the staff had great views of Tower Bridge, like the one below

Tower Bridge

While others like myself had view up the river :(, like the one below

The following day we were all up early for the short walk to Tobacco Dock for AutoDESK University London 2018

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We then had two days of classes & forums from AutoDESK staff & other companies who all use the AutoDESK software from around Europe.

One of my colleagues from Engineering Applications gave a 1 hour presentation alongside a colleague from AutoDESK on BIM360. BIM360 is being adopted by Arcadis as our Common Data Environment. This was particularly interesting.

As with most events the days were long but we did have the evenings to socialise & have a couple of beers to get to know people. Our Tuesday night was spent in a pub on St Katherine’s Docks called The Dickens Inn.

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Day two & we all had to wear our Arcadis (Orange) Tee shirts which allowed the 120 strong Arcadis Group standout from the 1400 visitors to AutoDESK University.

Arcadis Team

Our final night together in London allowed Yannick (France), Roland (Holland) & myself to get out for something to eat

Roland, Gary & Yannick at Tower Bridge

The final day was spent working in Arcadis House before my 2 hour train journey home to catch-up with Mrs C.

Friday I worked from home & was surprised by a dragon-fly flying into the house & settling down on the window frame next to me for a brief rest.

Dragon-Fly

Saturday I spent time with mum & dad. I even brought dad in to the Manchester office so he could see Manchester from 10 floors up.

Then i went over to spend the later part of the afternoon with Sam my daughter & the grandchildren.

Sunday was going to be all about sport on TV, with the England game against Panama which they comfortably ran out winners with a 6-1 victory. then it was the French Gran-prix before another 2 games of football.

London

Well Christmas is now a distant memory and it was a great time to spend it with the people that mean the most to you. How many days to Christmas now I hear you say, I haven’t a clue and don’t care. It will be when it will be.

My parents are still struggling with chest infections that they’ve had since the turn of the New Year. They’ve been quite poorly with it. They’ve had a roof leak too over the rear bedroom where the under-felt had torn a little & was allowing any driven rain to pass under the tiles to drip onto the insulation in the loft space. I’ve managed to pin the felt back up in place with the help of some cross battens between the rafters. Not 100% back to new but a reasonable repair that should just stop the water getting in.

We caught up with Sam, Matt & Harry at their house and even got a visit off Drew too. Harry has started his potty training this week & has managed to keep dry for the later part of the week, although he did have a couple of accidents at the beginning of the week. They all seem well and fine too. Drew was full of beans and looks well rested after his Christmas break. He’s finished work at House in Goosegreen, Altrincham and has also now sold his interest in Urban Burger Bar! Selling up in Urban Burger bar was a bit of a shock as he’d worked so hard to get the project up and running. However He’ll start over else where one day. He has also had an interview at the same hotel (Radisson Blu, Manchester) where Lewis works and starts there tomorrow (Monday).

My two youngest are fine, Lewis has been away in Bradford most of the week seeing a new young lady called Danielle. We met her for the first time on Friday evening and I must say what a pleasant young lady she is. Danielle is studying to be a nurse at Bradford Uni. Josh is fine albeit that he’s fully into being a stroppy teenager and has the attitude to match.

Mrs C and I are both very well, we both seem to have taken to our soup maker and are now into our second week of having homemade soup for lunch at work. I even made a beef and vegetable soup made from the leftovers of a beef casserole we had for tea one evening last week. Very delicious. I’m even getting my stash of homegrown chillies eaten up as they are being used in the soups.

The week at work was OK too, no boredom and not too stressful either. I had a trip to London on Friday to meet up with colleagues from Arcadis, Hyder Consulting & RTKL to discuss BIM (Building Information Modelling). This meant that i was on the 07:09 from Wigan North Western to Euston for the journey of just under 2 hours. I met a colleague at our head office near Kings Cross before catching the tube over to Victoria, then a short 5 minute walk to Hyder’s offices. The meeting was an open forum & introduction to where each of the separate parts of the business are at. We even had the meeting gate crashed by the Arcadis chairman Neil McArthur who was over in London for meetings. We all had to introduce ourselves to him before he chatted to us about what BIM meant for him. I got the impression he was quite excited about the challenges as well as changes BIM will bring to the construction industry. The meeting ended sooner than I had expected and i had a little bit of time to kill before my train back from London to Wigan so I wandered down to the Houses of Parliament for a breath of fresh air. I was also treated to a flyby over the Cenotaph by two Chinook helicopters, shame i wasn’t quick enough with the camera as they looked quite stunning flying low over London. My trip back was luckily by First Class as strangely enough it was cheaper than Second Class! In the First Class lounge I met a couple of friends – Alan and Tracy Brookes. (Friends sounds better than the boss and his wife as I’ve known them both for over 25 years now). After a couple of beers, a glass of port and chicken Teka Marsala i was well rested. Its nice to travell First class from London everynow and then.

Now settled down ready for what this week has to hold for us.

Back to work!

Well this past week has been a struggle getting back on to the merry-go-round of work after having nearly two weeks off for the Christmas and New Year holiday breaks!

Mrs C, Josh & I have had the full holiday period away from work and school which was a relaxing time spent with family & friends chilling, eating and drinking far too much!

Meanwhile Lewis was in work from Christmas Eve until the night after Boxing Day as he was on rota at his work – The Radisson Blu where he is a chef. He did manage to get New Years Eve away from work.

From what I can gather a flu bug was doing the rounds at work and also with some of our family, however us four managed to avoid it which was a relief 🙂

Anyway back to work it was but there was no slow build-up but a full on assault as we still had a couple of bids to prepare for the next round of the education funding. I even found time to review and change our ‘in-house’ CAD standards to reflect that we are now a true multi-discipline  CAD department with teams in Property, Social Infrastructure, M & E Engineering, Environmental Services as well as Aviation. Over the past week I’ve had no complaints so can only presume that the changes to these CAD Standards have been accepted by all of our CAD users.

This coming week at work is an unknown apart from Friday as I’ve a trip to London organised to meet up with our colleagues from RTKL & Hyder Consulting to discuss our approach to BIM and how we can all work more collectively. We will also be discussing our connection back to our parent company Arcadis and our colleagues in Europe as well as worldwide.

This week has also seen a number of terrible terrorist attacks in Paris, France which has left a total of 17 people being killed in three days of violence aimed at stopping ‘FREE SPEECH’. This has culminated in more that three million people joining together across France with approximately 1.6 million in Paris alone in a march through the city. There was even 40 world leaders that attended and linked arms in a show of defiance and solidarity against these murderous people that want to cause anarchy and trouble across the free world.

WHEN WILL THIS MADNESS END?