While industry articles and schoolwork are great ways to learn, nothing beats the sharing of information and tips during industry events.
On January 24 and 25, over 400 students and local practitioners gathered at Birmingham City University for the second UK Building Information Modeling (BIM) Expo and Camp — BIM in Birmingham. We helped organize the event with the Association of Academic Educators (aae) and the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA). Attendees learned all about BIM through different showcases, presentations, and educational seminars.
In the morning, attendees headed to sessions with practitioners from across the country according to their areas of interest. The lineup included speakers and presentation content from over 20 architectural organizations, including BIM representatives and event sponsors from Armitage Shanks and Deltalight, plus keynote speakers from Heatherwick Studio and Gensler, London.
Afternoons offered different educational seminars that ranged from the basics of getting started with BIM to Level 2 training. Students gained insight into what they can expect during their careers as they enter the built world, and professionals had options to increase their BIM knowledge or explore how to incorporate processes into their own practices.
The final session of the day consisted of breakout sessions to cover specific tools within Vectorworks software. They covered 3D modeling, rendering techniques, free-form modeling, and even a live demonstration on getting started with BIM.
Various sessions gave attendees the option to concentrate on their BIM interests.
“We are thrilled to be such a large contributor at BIM in Birmingham,” said Jacqui Smith, group marketing manager at Vectorworks UK. “It was another great event with a lot of interesting topics, which gave local practices and students a valuable opportunity to raise their awareness of BIM and learn how to get more from their Vectorworks software. I look forward to working with the aae and RIBA to continue to make these future events successful and informative.”
If you missed BIM in Birmingham, you can get similar hands-on training by attending other events, such as our 2018 Vectorworks Design Summit, which will take place November 4 to 6 in Pheonix, Arizona.