Open BIM Learning Xchange launch

Organiser: Salford University
Location: University of Salford, MediaCityUK, Salford Quays, M50 2HE
Phone: 0161 295 5076

The University of Salford invites you to attend the launch event of the groundbreaking Open BIM Learning Xchange at its campus at MediaCityUK, Salford on the 15 May 2012.

Prominent speakers from industry, government, the public sector and academia will provide their perspective on the current challenges and opportunities that BIM poses.

The Open BIM Learning Xchange has been established to work with the UK Government & the construction industry (AECOO) as a catalyst for the transformation required and to facilitate updated and new business models, organisational structures and operating principles that draw on collaboration through the use of Open BIM, increasing quality and value and reducing cost and waste.


12:00 Coffee & Registration

13:00 Government BIM Strategy

Speaker tbc

13:25 Client Perspective

Liam Brady, Manchester City Council

13:50 BIM in Infrastructures

Derek Drysdale

14:15 Contractor's Perspective

Howard Jeffrey, Skanska

14:40 Coffee

15:10 Designer's Perspective

Kevin Grayson and Rob Jackson, Bond Bryan Architects

15:30 BuildingSmart

Nicholas Nisbet

15:50 New processes and interoperability

Andrew Bellerby

16:10 OpenBIM LearningXchange

Arto Kiviniemi, University of Salford

16:30 Panel Discussion

All speakers

Chairman: Prof. Arto Kiviniemi, Professor of Digital Architecture, University of Salford

17:00 Reception and networking

The vision of the Open BIM Learning Xchange is of a construction industry that is transformed through the effective use of integrated Building Information Modelling (BIM) to serve the entire lifecycle of development including Architecture, Engineering, Construction, Ownership and Operation (AECOO) through the engagement of clients, contractors and their supply chains.

BIM will support the entire spectrum of real estate and infrastructure and will be developed on Open principles to ensure the long-term viability of serving the built environment information fabric of the future.

The Open BIM Learning Xchange will then outline its activities to address these challenges and enable organisations to exploit the opportunities.

The Open BIM Learning Xchange is open to all. Those interested in acting as advisors or partners to the Open BIM Learning Xchange are invited to contact Arto Kiviniemi at University of Salford (


To reserve a place please contact Emma Looskin at If you have any queries please contact Emma on the above email address or telephone 0161 295 5076. This is a free event.