4D and Beyond – Driving Digital Transformation of a Sector in Support of the National Digital Twin Programme: WATER MANAGEMENT Smart Class 2022 Retrospective


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BIM4Water is a voluntary group of industry stakeholders who have come together to tackle key industry challenges using digital tools and processes. This sees a diverse array of unusual participants and competitors working alongside each other in a truly collaborative way: regulators, 22 water companies, supply chain, manufacturers, trade bodies, institutions and academia. The organisation supports UK Government vision that infrastructure construction and asset management needs quality data management to support efficiencies and better customer outcomes. This includes recommendations published in the National Infrastructure Commission Report – “Data for the Public Good” – for a National Digital Twin, of which the water sector needs to be a part.

At WATER MANAGEMENT Smart Class 2022, Clare Taylor (Chair of BIM4Water and National Rehearsal Lead at MWH Treatment), Jamie Mills (Former BIM4Water Chair and Global BIM Manager at Xylem) and Rodrigue Kemgne (Chair of BIM4Water’s 4D BIM and Beyond Task Group, and BIM Coordinator at Binnies) teamed up to review the journey of BIM4Water to date and highlight the key work of the 4D and beyond task group and its future plans in supporting the water sector in its adoption of visualisation to drive digital transformation and great collaborative practices. Following the presentations and Q&As, Clare, Jamie and Rodrigue went on to host deeper dive roundtable discussions with all delegates in attendance.

The scope of their presentation included:

  • Message from UK Government;
  • Data for the Public Good Report Recommendations – 1. A National Digital Twin – to enable better outcomes from our built environment 2. An Information Management Framework – to enable secure data sharing and effective information management 3. A Digital Framework Task Group – to provide coordination of key players;
  • Digital Built Britain – In realising a digital build Britain, the principles of building information modelling has played a foundational role in processes of design build and operate and BIM4Water works to help create the building blocks to make this happen. The next steps on this journey are to integrate and think about National Digital Twin for Water;
  • A National Digital Twin & Water – Water digital twins describe interconnected systems of machine-readable information models enriched with real time, internal & external data feeds. They enable human readable representation of real time and predicted future state conditions on which humans can make better informed decisions. A water sector digital twin will have the ability to communicate and connect to other digital twins from other sectors forming the National Digital Twin;
  • BIM4Water’s Background, Role, Structure & Operation, Task Groups and Operating Model;
  • 4D & Beyond Task Group Update;
  • What is BIM?
  • What is 4D BIM?
  • What BIM dimensions are beyond 4D?
  • The Business case for 4D BIM;
  • 4D Task group & Beyond Water Digital Roadmap;
  • 4D Task group & Beyond Strategy;
  • 4D BIM Software;
  • 4D BIM Collaboration;
  • Pre-requisites for 4D BIM;
  • How is 4D BIM executed?
  • The “iron” triangle;
  • Benefits of 4D BIM;
  • Deliverables of 4D BIM;
  • Applications of 4D BIM;
  • 4D Task Group & Beyond – Application Matrix;
  • How is Digital Transformation achieved?
  • The opportunities which Beyond 4D represents, including 5D BIM, 6D BIM, 7D BIM, Carbon estimating using BIM model, 8D BIM and nD BIM model;
  • How Beyond 4D helps deliver Digital Twins

If you meet our regular delegate qualification criteria but were unable to join us at The BCEC, Birmingham, for the live in-person event back on November 10th, CLICK HERE and complete the short “Download form” (located at the bottom of the post) to receive a unique link enabling free access to the presentation video recordings and slides (including the film footage and slides from Clare, Jamie and Rodrigue’s presentation).

Those qualifying to receive the rich presentation content from this event include commissioning, procurement, innovation, trialling and partnering leads, senior influencers, strategic decision makers, environmental managers, policy makers and planners from UK water companies and utilities, wastewater and sewer operators, lead local flood authorities (unitary authorities and county councils), city/borough/metropolitan councils, district councils, combined authorities, highways authorities, prime contractors, general insurers, large water consumers, central governmental and regulatory bodies (e.g. Defra, DCLG, Ofwat, Environment Agency, DWI, SEPA), independent industry and consumer organisations (e.g. Water UK, CCW) etc.

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WATER MANAGEMENT Smart Classes show key buyer side stakeholders how deploying the latest digital technology-enabled solutions and best practices can help manage the distribution and management of water resources, and also offers utilities an opportunity to improve efficiency and customer service whilst reducing water scarcity. WATER MANAGEMENT Smart Class 2022 will be hosted in Birmingham on November 10th.


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