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Building information modeling (BIM) is a process involving the generation and management of digital representations of physical and functional characteristics of places.

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.


REVIT all the way

This week was a big step towards my employers embracing ‘ (Building Information Modeling – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Building_information_modeling), 6 of us had 3 days intense training in Autodesk’s software REVIT (http://www.autodesk.co.uk/adsk/servlet/pc/index?siteID=452932&id=14645193) which is used for the production of BIM.

The REVIT training lasted for 3 full days & was undertaken in our Manchester Office & was provided by CADLine (http://www.cadline.co.uk/) our preferred CAD suppliers.

During the training it became evident that REVIT will help us immensly with the  production of our drawings, especially the school refurbishments that we undertake for many of our clients. REVIT will not only speed up our drawing production but will also enable us to add more functionality to the models.

Can’t wait to make in-roads into converting some of our existing drawings to show the governing bodies of the schools.

We are also now well into the program to roll out the recently signed EBA (Enterprise Bussiness Agreement) with Autodesk which will give us all with access to all the CAD & BIM software we need across  the group globally. Watch out for more information as we progress this.

My current role as UK CAD Manager has grown slightly to include Asia, Europe & the Middle East so there is plenty of work for me to get my teeth into.

Manchester United played Fulham in the 4th round of the FA Cup on saturday & I elected not to go, this is all mainly down to me not enjoying the game as much as I used, which in turn has led me to seriously think about not renewing my season tickets next season, which is a shame as I had them for the past 24 seasons. By the way United won & now face Reading in the 5th round at Old Trafford.

Have I ever told you how proud of my children I am, No? Well just read the next couple of lines & if it doesn’t come through that I am proud of them all well I am so prod I could burst at times. Love them all.

Drew my eldest lad should have been in Paris this week with his girlfriend Fran but due to the weather they didn’t make it. Maybe one day Drew.

Sam my daughter has had the survey reports back on the house that her & her boyfriend Matt are looking at buying, however they have also found another house that may well suit them better, choices & decisions for the pair of them, I’m sure they’ll make the right choice.

Lewis my middle son has this week secured a day a week work experience at the Radisson Hotel (http://www.radissonblu-edwardian.com/manchester-hotel-gb-m2-5gp/gbmanche/) as a Chef, well done Lewis maybe one day you’ll be the Head Chef there.

Joshua the youngest apart from a stroppy teenager has this week come home with an award from school for his hard work & dedication which we are all very pleased with.

Harry my grandson has now almost seen off whooping cough only to find that it has been replaced by croup! poor lad, he’s not had an easy start to his life but he sure knows how to fight.

Mrs C is fit & well & is probably one of the strongest women I know, not everything goes the way she wants but she certainly stands up for herself. You go girl. I love you stronger each day x

Wow a busy day over & done with

Today was a busy day in the office, almost completed an Existing & Development plans for a local school which i think is a new client.

Drawing work is beginning to build up again, which will keep me busy until early next week.

BIM (Building Information Modelling) is taking more of a hold with even more invitations to free seminars, unable to attend so many due to workload but I’m sure others in the business will be attending. I’m also sure that most of the content is what has been previously discussed.

Remember BIM (Building Information Modelling) is a process not a particular piece of software.

There have only been four of us out of a team of nine in the office as the rest have been out & about on site.

We’ve got an early start tomorrow as we are at the youngest lads parents evening at school. He’s in trouble though as he’s managed to lose his appointments list & we are now having to arrive blind! So guess what he’s now been grounded for the rest of the week not just for losing the appointment sheet but for the attitude that we had when he was asked to check his bag & blazer again.

Lewis cooked a nice evening meal we had pork loin with gnocchi & a delicious tomato & basil sauce.

Mrs C has managed to delete the United game off the Sky+ planner by accident before I’d had chance to watch it but I’ll let her off because I love her 😉