Every year, BIM Show Live provides AEC professionals with a showcase of new ways of thinking and emerging technologies – and this year’s event promises to be no exception

The AEC industry is in an era of unprecedented innovation, so while BIM Show Live has always aimed to be a showcase for new and emerging technologies, this year’s event is shaping up to more forward- thinking than ever in its embrace of the radical and the disruptive.

After several years in Manchester, the event is now celebrating its second year in Newcastle upon Tyne, an area rich in engineering and manufacturing businesses and home to the show’s founders, Space Group. The 2018 show will be staged in Newcastle’s The Boiler Shop, a unique venue in the city’s historic Stephenson’s Quarter, on Wednesday 28 February and Thursday 1 March 2018.

“We’ve been running the show now for six years, and each year, we never fail to present the new and the wonderful,” says Space Group CEO and BIM Show Live co-founder Rob Charlton. “Our industry is progressing at an accelerated rate and we believe at BIM Show Live that we have an obligation to bring our visitors the very best our industry has to offer for technology and digital construction, plus a view on what has changed year-on-year and what this means for future projects.”

A full content catalogue

As usual, the show will offer a blend of keynote speakers and seminar streams chaired by two of the BIM world’s most respected experts, David Philp, global BIM/IM consultancy director at AECOM and chair of the Scottish BIM Delivery Group, and Simon Rawlinson, head of strategic research and insight at Arcadis. Both have been with the show since it started in 2011.

David Philp will chair Day One of the event, after presenting his own thoughts on the state of the industry, while Simon Rawlinson will chair Day Two.

Over the course of the two days, four content streams will see presentations delivered by over 50 leading figures from a cross-section of the AEC industry. They include Martin McDonnell, chairman of Soluis and CEO of Sublime; Rob Jackson, associate director at Bond Bryant Digital; Grimshaw’s BIM manager Radu Gidei and BIM coordinator Carolina Pracz; Rebecca de Ciccio, managing director of Digital Node; and James Austin, product manager at Autodesk.

Keynote highlights

BIM Show Live also likes to bring in opinions from other industries, which is why Anders Hvid, CEO and co-founder of Copenhagen-based innovation consultancy Dare Disrupt, will also appear as a keynote speaker.

His presentation will focus on exponential technologies, disruptive innovation and the future of society. “My talk is designed to take you past the here-and-now and provide you with a glimpse of what’s to come,” he says.

Another keynote speaker will be Aldo Solazzo, a computational design and digital fabrication expert who is the manager of Noumena, founder of Fab Lab Frosinone and director of Reshape.

Says organiser Rob Charlton: “Our keynote content will revolve around leading technological changes that will impact our industry. We have found exceptional forward-thinkers, researchers and experts who are willing to share their vision on how this tech will change the way we work and live over the next few years.”

BIM Show Live 2018 takes place on Wednesday 28 February and Thursday 1 March at The Boiler Shop, Stephenson’s Quarter in Newcastle Upon Tyne.


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