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Event News: Nordic BIM Academy Launches in Copenhagen 2016

Worldclass BIM event set to take center stage in Copenhagen in November—Nordic BIM Academy Copenhagen 2016


The Copenhagen firm BIM Equity is arranging an international conference about Open BIM in Denmark this coming November, called Nordic BIM Academy—Copenhagen 2016. The event takes place November 2nd – 4th, 2016.

More To Gain Under OpenBIM

Thomas Graabæk, Partner at BIM Equity told Architosh the goal of the conference “is to recognize the huge potential of ‘free’ collaboration between the AEC stakeholders, and to show there is more to gain from choosing different software titles that bring value for each company, project or assignment, than trying to do all-in-one software across the whole project.”

01 - Nordic BIM Academy Copenhagen 2016.

01 – Nordic BIM Academy Copenhagen 2016.

Under the OpenBIM mantra than the conference also aims to who the virtues of collaboration in BIM using the ‘reference method’, where you “can model what you want and how and what makes sense to you,” versus the ‘federated method’ where “you only model your part of the project and all the models must fit perfectly together as a puzzle in the federated model in the end.”

Nordic OpenBIM Event

buildingSMART, Nohr-CON and BIM Equity will host the 3-day conference which consists of a tightly packed schedule of lectures, workshops and activities including:

  • Welcome Reception
  • High level keynote presentations from leaders from the technology industry
  • Project specific case studies and OpenBIM in action
  • Excursions to building sites and office visits
  • ‘Build Copenhagen Live’ competition
  • Dinner and social networking

The conference takes place at the Marriott AC Hotel Bella Sky Copenhagen. On the first day (Wednesday) in the afternoon the attendees can participate in architecture field trips and then end with a welcome reception. ‘Build Live Copenhagen’ competition also launches that day by buildingSMART.

02 - The Nordic BIM Academy event will feature several prominent speakers.

02 – The Nordic BIM Academy event will feature several prominent speakers, including Patrick MacLeamy, Chairman at HOK and founder of buildingSMART; Rob Jackson of the UK’s Bond Bryan Digital, plus Tomohiko Yamanashi of Nikken Sekkei in Japan and many others.

On Thursday and Friday there will be keynote speakers, including:

  • Patrick MacLeamy (founder buildingSMART)
  • Gábor Bojár (early 1980 BIM pioneer)
  • Tomohiko Yamanashi (Nikken Sekkie)
  • Rob Jackson (Bond Bryan Digital)
  • Viktor Varkonyi (Nemetschek Group)
  • Many others…

There will also be many project presentations, among them 480 Hay Street (Australia), Ferenc Puskás Stadium (Hungary), Mall of Scandinavia (Sweden) and Amager Resource Center (Denmark). Workshops on OpenBIM workflows will include Rob Jackson (Bond Bryan Digital, UK), and Mr. Yamanashi (Nikken Sekkei, Japan). On Friday there is a gala dinner and the Build Copenhagen Live competition winners will be announced.

OpenBIM Action Event—Software Sponsors

To show how collaboration and data exchange between various OpenBIM software players works there will be an ‘OpenBIM in Action’ event, where one made-up project will be shown in the entire process from sketch (Rhino / Grasshopper / ArchiCAD) to construction (Takla / FEMdesign / Revit MEP), to coordination and quality assurance (Solibri / BIMcollab), to data mining (BIMeye / Glasshouse), to cost estimation (Sigma) to digital building site (BIMx) and facilities management (ArchiFM).

03 - the Marriott AC Hotel in Copenhagen.

03 – the Marriott AC Hotel Bella Sky Copenhagen is an exciting architectural creation by well-known danish architect 3XN. NCC was the contractor. It consists of twin 23 floor towers that slant at 15 degrees.

Software developer sponsors include: dRofus Solibri, Graphisoft, and Trimble.

Learn More and Register for Event

To learn more about this BIM conference visit the official site here: This is a limited seating conference with a maximum of 300 attendees, so don’t wait and grab your spot soon. There are discounts for every 2 people from a company that attend and you can learn more here on the sign-up page. The cost of a first or second seat is EUR. 660.

Architosh Commentary

This looks like a fabulous event in the making. The quality of the architectural projects that are either part of the site field trips or discussed in presentations are absolutely superb. And they range in size from the somewhat intimate Hoki Museum, in Japan, to the Ferenc Puskas Stadium in Budapest, Hungary, and everything in between.

The quality of the speakers is also excellent, from Patrick MacLeamy of HOK and buildingSMART to folks like Jakob Lange, partner at BIG, who heads BIG IDEAS, its technology-driven special projects division, among others. Thomas Graabæk noted that in the nordic countries OpenBIM workflows are very prevalent and in the past few years “IFC in on the lips of everyone.” This event will continue to advance BIM and OpenBIM workflows in both nordic countries and hopefully throughout Europe as participants bring back with them learned and acquired knowledge and skills to employee in future projects.

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