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Posted by:Nathan Doughty on 25th May 2012 at 12:42 PM GMT

See below an edited vesion of the video from the Build London Live 2012 Awards Ceremony at RIBA in London (YouTube):

Posted by:Denis Antony on 23rd May 2012 at 03:35 PM GMT

The countdown has begun!

The Build London Live 2012 Awards will be announced in about 20 minutes from now.

Best of Luck to all the Teams and may the Best Team win!

Posted by:Nathan Doughty on 23rd May 2012 at 10:10 AM GMT

Check it out!

Posted by:Nathan Doughty on 23rd May 2012 at 10:00 AM GMT

Calling all Build London Live 2012 participants!

You have one hour remaining to submit your final materials.  Time to finish those thoughts and make sure everything is published.

- The BLL Organisers

Posted by:Nathan Doughty on 23rd May 2012 at 09:02 AM GMT

A more extensive simulation from Fulcro, following on from yesterday's initial effort.

Posted by:Nathan Doughty on 23rd May 2012 at 12:02 AM GMT

We can no longer (humanly) keep up with the content coming in (but we've got a few tricks up our sleeves)!

We've had 8,478 distinct logins to the collaborative environment since noon Monday (i.e. in the last 37 hours) - not includng visitors to the buildlondonlive.com website who haven't logged in.

The teams have published 379 files in total, and the blitz is always at the end (plus quality rules over quantity of course).

You guys are amazing!  Good luck in the last 10 hours and 58 minutes.

Posted by:Nathan Doughty on 22nd May 2012 at 11:20 PM GMT

Here are a couple of images (slides) of outputs from the various packages Team Aidea of the Phillipines are using to coordinate their collaborative BIM effort.




Posted by:Nathan Doughty on 22nd May 2012 at 11:00 PM GMT

Content is flooding in. This from the United Arab Emirates.


Posted by:Nathan Doughty on 22nd May 2012 at 03:52 PM GMT

More from New Delhi! (click to download enlarged versions)

Exterior Render 1:


Exterior Render 2:


Interior Render 1:


Posted by:Nathan Doughty on 22nd May 2012 at 03:25 PM GMT

The designs progress apace (click to download enlarged version)!




Posted by:Nathan Doughty on 22nd May 2012 at 03:04 PM GMT

Renderings of a partial build complete with cranes on the London Skyline!  (click images to download full-sized versions)

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Posted by:Nathan Doughty on 22nd May 2012 at 02:37 PM GMT

Check out this video (Animoto) which stitches together some of the concept sketches coming in from Ireland (the Beethoven is courtesy of us organisers):

Posted by:Nathan Doughty on 22nd May 2012 at 02:30 PM GMT

We're now able to put some faces with the names for our BLL 2012 friends in Ireland!


Posted by:Nathan Doughty on 22nd May 2012 at 01:36 PM GMT

A couple more from BIM Academy.  A construction simulation (YouTube):

And a screen grab of a winter wind analysis of the site (click to download enlarged version):


Posted by:Nathan Doughty on 22nd May 2012 at 01:13 PM GMT

Our friends from BIM Academy in the UK are producing a steady stream of documentation about their BLL 2012 scheme.

Here is a screen grab from a site layout, logistics, and traffic management document (click to download PDF):



Here is the cover page of a detailed draft cost plan for RIBA Stage A (click to download PDF):



Posted by:Nathan Doughty on 22nd May 2012 at 11:42 AM GMT

This video from Team Aidea in the Philippines:

Posted by:Nathan Doughty on 22nd May 2012 at 11:10 AM GMT

Welcome back to the Coordina BIM Consulting team (previously known as Southern Axis from Build London Live 2008 and 2009).    The team in Chile is busy publishing content to Asite!

Here is an initial render (of a very interesting looking structure!):



Here is a grab from an Ecotec Wind Analysis of their scheme:



and a sample graph from a very interesting 7-page environmental analysis of their scheme on site:



Posted by:Nathan Doughty on 22nd May 2012 at 10:50 AM GMT

A couple of renderings submitted by BIM Unlimited:



Posted by:Nathan Doughty on 22nd May 2012 at 10:45 AM GMT

Welcome to BIM Unlimited!

BIM Unlimited are an international team with members based across three countries. The architectural team of Caedro are based in the Dominican Republic, headed up by Ruben Hernandez Fontana, CADS in the UK are supplying structural engineering support and Cadtec, headed up by David Oliviera in Brazil is providing MEP input. Additional support is being provided in the UK by Computers Unlimited, Deon Clarke and Toumas Holma of Cadfaster.

Team Organiser Martyn Horne says "None of us have worked together before and so that fact, combined with the Asite system which is completely new to us is really making this a great learning experience."

Here are osme of BIM Unlimited's initial sketches:




Posted by:Nathan Doughty on 22nd May 2012 at 10:28 AM GMT

Our second India-based team also worked through the night!


Posted by:Nathan Doughty on 22nd May 2012 at 10:08 AM GMT

Our Middle East team has submitted early stage sketching (click to enlarge) and the plan (click to enlarge):

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Posted by:Nathan Doughty on 21st May 2012 at 10:12 PM GMT

Initial submission sketches from Intec Infocom in New Delhi, India. Keep it coming!


Posted by:Nathan Doughty on 21st May 2012 at 06:18 PM GMT

See the following slideshow (YouTube) of the initial concept sketches submitted by our friends in the Philippines - Team Aidea.  Keep it coming!


Plus a 48-hour process timeline for delivery on the BLL 2012 brief (click to download enlarged version):


Posted by:Nathan Doughty on 21st May 2012 at 04:59 PM GMT

Cead míle fáilte to Team Virtual Work from Ireland.

Team Virtual Work members are all working remotely from each other as they’re based in different locations throughout Ireland.  Specifically:

  • Daniel of dod Architects is working from Kenmare, Co. Kerry, in southwest Ireland;  (280 km SW Dublin City Centre)
  • Cummins Voortman Architects & Urban Designers, is working from Dundrum, Dublin 16; (7 km Southwest Dublin City Centre)
  • Ross of Cahil O’Brien Associates is based in Dun Laoghaire, South County Dublin; (11 km Southeast Dublin City Centre) and will be working between there and CVA’s offices
  • Martin of PPM5d will be working from Inistioge, Co. Kilkenny, Mid South Ireland (110 km S Dublin City Centre) while lastly
  • Paul Sexton of Sceg Ltd. Consulting Engineers is based in Skerries in North County Dublin (28 km North of Dublin City Centre)

The team organiser Paul Sexton says: "Considering this along with the fact that our ‘Team’ has never worked together before, and indeed most of the team has never even physically met before and even then only a few times then I think we have set ourselves some challenge!  But isn’t life about challenges! Most people would say we have no chance but I think its all about trust and confidence in our collective experience / abilities and adapting these intelligently so as to best complement each individual’s talent & skill sets.  If nothing else we will all be a lot wiser after the event! And if we can make it work to any extent at all what better advertisement could there be for an OpenBIM approach??"

Well said Paul and we wish you and all the teams good skill and happy collaborating over the 41.5 hours remaining in the challenge!

- The BLL Team

Posted by:Nathan Doughty on 21st May 2012 at 03:54 PM GMT

The UK-based BIM Academy team has published a first bunch of information about their design efforts, including a detailed 31-page BIM Execution Plan, an initial COBie drop, and a sketched-on Google Maps image of the site showing Site Considerations and Initial Programme Considerations for their design.

Here is their Site Considerations sketch:


This is a high-level programme for what they are doing over the 48 hours of the competition:


Posted by:Nathan Doughty on 21st May 2012 at 02:40 PM GMT

All Participants,

Please note that the second of the three primary criteria for judging your BLL 2012 design efforts is "Multi-Disciplinary BIM and the use of Interoperability".   A major criteria for our judges to make evaluations of this element of the competition is "Continuous Publication".  For your reference please see below a few bullet points which should guide you in this facet of the competition:

  • Most consistently uploaded project data
  • Best demonstration of progression of sketched ideas to BIM
  • Best BIM by circumstance (people/locations/communication)
  • Best examples of collaborative BIM

Please be sure you publish as often and early as you can, right from sketches through to a fully detailed multi-disciplinary model and make part of your story about how you are working together collaboratively as a team to meet the brief.

For fun and inspiration, please see below a sketch from a winning team BIM Japan from a previous year, and a render of a winning design from Super Team Singapore from a previous year (they won for "Continuous Publication") !




Posted by:Nathan Doughty on 21st May 2012 at 02:32 PM GMT


Please clarify 

1. The required start date for construction programme (affects costs also)

2. The anticipated programme period (if any)


For purposes of constructability simulations and design and construction estimation, can you please consider the following as part of the design brief:

1. Assuming a tender and acceptance period of one week from competition start of one week (yes we are optimists!) - the start date should be the 28th May, 2012.

2. The anticipated programme periods should be: 6 months for design followed by 24 months for construction.  Therefore the full programme should be considered to be 30 months from programme start.  

You may note that there is no provision for a Defects and Handover phase.  This is because we expect perfect handover (see COBie for details)!  :)

- The BLL 2012 Team

Posted by:Nathan Doughty on 21st May 2012 at 12:50 PM GMT

We've had a question come in from a team, as follows:

Q: Are there any limits on the impacts (cost / environmental) within the brief?

A: There are no limits on the cost or carbon impacts within the brief.  However, we do look forward to your assessments of these!

Keep the questions coming and we look forward to seeing initial design proposals come in.

- The BLL 2012 Team


Posted by:Nathan Doughty on 19th April 2012 at 02:22 PM GMT

48 hours to make design work for the London

Building on the global success of Build London Live design events in 2008 and 2009, Asite and AEC3, in conjunction with BuildingSMART are happy to announce Build London Live, 2012 Edition.

Event Dates

This is a 48 hour virtual design collaboration starting on Monday, May 21st 2012 - Noon BST and running through to a finish on Wednesday, May 23rd 2012 - Noon BST. The concluding press conference, also delivered online via webinar, will be hosted at the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) hedquarters in London.

What is a BUILD LIVE Event?

New technology is revolutionising the way buildings are designed and how the public can be engaged in the process. Via the power of cloud-based collaborative working and international developments in interoperability, Build London Live shows the power of these new paradigms for architecture, engineering, planning and construction. Through cloud-based collaboration the event is open to world wide participation.

The Challenge

On May 21st - Noon BST, a specially chosen and internationally recognisable site in London will be announced, along with a brief for a significant multi-use development. All the key information will be published in interoperable formats. Teams will be free to exploit any interoperable technology and to add updates to a public collaboration-site. All visitors will be free to comment.

The launch will coincide with the start of the buildingSMART International executive sessions in London.  A short live presentation will be made after the initial keynote speech, to brief the delegates. Teams will be asked to develop an outline proposal by midday on the Tuesday.  The event will conclude at midday on Wednesday and will be followed shortly afterwards will presentations to the press and a final jury will make a number of awards with the BuildingSmart International executive as .


Teams from around the world are invited to register in advance. The timetable is designed to allow people to contribute within their normal working hours or outside.


Awards will be made under three categories. Prizes that include free software licences will be announced by the sponsors prior to the event.

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