David Warr hosted a day of exciting updates centred on simulation software futures and BIM. The event took place at Bentley's UK HQ on 20th June 2012. Eleven UK Universities and Colleges were represented. The value of using Student Server and acquiring Learning Units was emphasised. The morning was centred on a presentation by Robert Klaschka, the Bentley Community (UK and Ireland) chairman who gave a fascinating in-depth presentation on the current state of BIM practice and aspiration in the UK. Reference to my blog a while ago will remind us that the UK is to demand BIM procedures for all government projects by 2016. The professions including those in academia only just have enough time to get their heads round this!
The afternoon started with NIgel Bird (Bentley UK) presenting the future shape of Hevacomp and Energy Simulator development against the background of BIM demands. He was followed by Brendan Roche (Bentley UK) who gave a detailed presentation of all things AECOsim.
The presentations provoked a lively debate. Some see the way ahead and others are struggling. The lesson from this is that Bentley are pressing ahead with their 'adopt a professor' initiative and one University (UCL) has already taken advantage. A military education unit was so impressed they have ordered a 20 seat academic licence.
All in all a useful day which, through the good offices of Bentley HQ (UK), will be repeated.