BIM: Leave ample time for design and quality checks

BIM: Leave ample time for design and quality checks

New processes require time to be embedded.  Leaving as much time as possible for tasks to be completed by the team will assist BIM’s successful execution. Catch up with our latest lesson learned from using BIM on a research project funded by Innovate...
Planning permission submitted to upgrade Boldmere Golf Course in Birmingham

Planning permission submitted to upgrade Boldmere Golf Course in Birmingham

Boldmere Municipal Golf Course in Birmingham is set to be revitalised with a new clubhouse, gym and bar if planning permission submitted by Mytime Active is approved. Mytime Active, a not-for-profit leisure trust, took over the management of 7 golf courses in the area in 2013. The plans are part of a wider scheme to improve participation in golf in Birmingham.  Clarkson Alliance is providing cost management for the feasibility study and subsequent investments in Boldmere Golf Course.  Architectural designs for the scheme are provided by Arkon Associates. Read...
BIM: Embed BIM by upskilling everyone

BIM: Embed BIM by upskilling everyone

BIM has the best chance of becoming embedded in your organisations culture when you don’t favour a few individuals as “champions.” Catch up with our latest lesson learned about BIM from our Innovate UK research project. We’ll publish 8 more in the...
Learning the collaborative skills necessary for BIM – event by BIM Regions Oxford

Learning the collaborative skills necessary for BIM – event by BIM Regions Oxford

BIM is socio-technic, it relies heavily on the interaction of people and technology to work.  Working with BIM improves efficiency and creates better built environment solutions yet traditionally, the industry struggles to cooperate in a contractual world. Changing engrained attitudes is challenging. BIM Regions – Oxford is hosting an event, BIM People, on Tuesday 3rd May at Oxford Brookes University.  The event looks at the development of collaborative skills and how to implement new changes to encourage a collaborative project environment.  The event is the second in 2016 since the rebranding of the national organisation, BIM Hubs, as BIM Regions.  The first event was a sell-out event and centred on BIM Processes. Elizabeth Kavanagh from Stride Treglown will outline a map identifying the behaviours of collaboration and Gordon McGlathery, of software providers Cadassist, will discuss how to successfully train and implement a plan for collaborative transformation. Clarkson Alliance is a sponsor for BIM Regions Oxford and particularly this event because collaboration is at the heart of how we manage projects.  We believe strongly in encouraging and motivating teams to work together to achieve client’s objectives. By working towards a common goal as a collective, the team has a much greater chance of achieving certainty of outcome on a project. The event is free to attend and registration is through the Oxford BIM Regions Eventbrite page. Two more events are currently in the pipeline which look at Technology and Legal implications of BIM....
Developing Leadership Skills for Youth With A Mission

Developing Leadership Skills for Youth With A Mission

Pictured: Group of students from Youth With A Mission Julian Bullen worked with to develop leadership skills Julian Bullen, Project Director for Clarkson Alliance, took his leadership skills to Albania to train staff and students on behalf of Youth With A Mission (YWAM) charity earlier this month. Julian has partnered with YWAM over the past 15 years on a range of international charity projects to build teams’ confidence and skills enabling them to direct local projects.  The organisation has 18,000 staff based in 180 nations.  Julian took time out of sharing leadership skills in Prague where he is currently based on Clarkson Alliance’s first international project, Oaks Prague, to make the one week trip. Julian worked with students in Durres, Albania and also ran separate training sessions for their teachers and a third visiting group introducing them to new skills for their personal development. Working with an Albanian translator and using games, group challenges, drama, cartoon videos and worksheets, the group looked at issues such as conflict resolution, communication and collaboration. Part of the training was to prepare a team for some outreach work at a separate location in the Balkans. Their own stories of political strife in Venezuela, civil war in Ukraine and life as an orphan in Albania were a cocktail of humbling, inspiring, powerful and thought-provoking moments. “Motivating teams is part of our daily work as Project Managers.  We have spent years developing our skills so that we can carry out the projects our clients need.   It is incredibly rewarding to take those skills and equip people who wouldn’t normally have access to these experiences so they...