Bentley Institute’s Digital Advancement Academies shortlisted to BIM Enabler/Consultant of the Year
Bentley Institute’s Digital Advancement Academies offer a unique, neutral environment for industry innovators to openly discuss challenges and successes in the built environment, to accelerate and optimise digital (BIM) strategy. We partner with industry to act as a catalyst for knowledge exchange, using a process-focused approach to support execution of outcome-based objectives in the creation and operation of digital and physical assets.
In 2012 our first Academy (in London) was set up to help Crossrail educate all their stakeholders on the processes, standards, technologies and culture change required to deliver a world-class railway. As of the start of 2019, our now global network of Digital Advancement Academies supports a wide variety of organisations, including: owner-operators, maintainers, designers, contractors, manufacturers, institutions, special interest groups, and academics.
Our scope and evolution is global, serving industry needs from London to Houston, Pune to Dubai, Beijing to Singapore, to Sydney and beyond. Live broadcasts from our Academies also regularly allow virtual participation from anywhere in the world. Over ten thousand participants (from more than 60 countries and thousands of organisations) have already attended complimentary Academies sessions, contributing to the honest dialog and practical examples of how to optimise information management for the digital built environment.
In our London Academies Hub, for example, our sessions addressing the entire asset lifecycle currently support the Major Projects Association, hs2, Highways England, Network Rail, Infrastructure Projects Authority, Association of Project Managers, Network Rail, COMIT, Class of Your Own, UK BIM Alliance, and the Centre for Digital Built Britain (to name but a few). The London-based Academies team behind this award nomination is honoured to have delivered huge value to industry, thanks to the expertise and initiative of Iain Miskimmin, Michal Zu (now based in our Beijing Academies Hub), and Adam Young. Ross Dentten joined our team in London early this year, adding his substantial experience in asset management from Crossrail. They are one portion of our global team, all striving to solve industry problems.
Academies sessions constantly adapt and evolve, incorporating industry input from previous sessions and speakers to help the supply chain keep current with good practice and government standards. Collaboration is crucial to our approach, because contributing to a collective knowledge base empowers everyone. For example, one of our most popular sessions is Current Industry Digital Thinking; it is based around the UK government’s Level 2 requirements, but also offers examples from around the world of how people are tackling the challenges of digitalisation for new and existing assets.
Digital Advancement Academies deliver thought leadership in a variety of areas. Most recently we have been refining sessions involving seven questions, a methodology to support creation of a course of action that is properly resourced, controlled, sequenced, structured, and delivered. Sample areas include: one for Delivery Partners creating their BIM Execution Plans and Master Information Delivery Plans; and another for Capable Clients creating and aligning their Employers (now Exchange) Information Requirements, works information packages, and contracts. We are pleased to widely share and exchange knowledge with everyone striving to create a better digital built environment.
In addition to thought leadership for processes and people, we actively support research and exploration of emerging technologies, providing a venue to experience the latest advancements. Currently we have a Virtual Reality CUBE—available for free use by any organisations based in London—to provide immersive visualisation and interactive collaboration for assets. Over the years we have helped organisations explore the possibilities of mobile devices, digital pens, RFIDs, Bluetooth beacons, drones, site communications, and wearable technology through our association with the likes of Crossrail’s Innovate18 program, the COMIT organisation, and Tideway Tunnels’ Great Think initiative.
Digital Advancement Academies look forward to continuing to support leaders and innovators in the digital built environment, in our joint effort to create a legacy that benefits society. To learn more, please visit www.bentley.com/academies.