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Thursday 24th January 2019

Is BIM working for local authorities?


Venue: RICS, Great George Street, London, SW1P 3AD

Time; 7.45 - 10.15am

It has been almost three years since the minimum requirement of Level 2 BIM for centrally-procured public projects. Yet the implementation of BIM in general has been slow and patchy at best with many clients still not making BIM a requirement on projects despite the many reports indicating the potential savings by its use. 

Come and join us our first Residential Construction Network breakfast of 2019 where we be focusing on the benefits of BIM to local authorities.

  • What are the benefits of using BIM for local authorities?

  • How do local authorities implement BIM into their organisation & projects?

  • What obstacles will local authorities face when implementing BIM?

  • Has the BIM mandate and Hackitt Report changed the way local authorities approach BIM?

  • How can local authorities use a "phased BIM" approach?


Varun Soni
Varun Soni is calfordseaden’s BIM Manager and boasts over 10 years’ experience in the use of BIM software. Over the course of both Varun’s academic and professional career, he has built a solid grounding in architecture, design, construction, and the implementation and use of BIM for design and construction projects.
Varun’s remit has included designing and project managing buildings within the NHS and private sectors, with a particular focus on Mental Health Design. In his current role as BIM Manager, Varun has written and implemented client Employer Information Requirements, developed and implemented BIM Execution Plans, and coordinated BIM models within residential and public sector projects. Some of his most notable work includes BIM Level 2 projects for Great Ormond Street Hospital and The Stage in Shoreditch.
Patrick King
ECD Architects
Patrick is qualified in Architectural Technology and BIM Implementation Management, with 10 years of experience within the construction industry in the UK and abroad. As Head of BIM Technologies at ECD Architects, he has been responsible for implementing the organisational BIM strategy across all departments.
Patrick ensures on all projects that BIM protocols are followed, setting up internal and external model exchange processes, creating and delivering BIM strategies & BEPs management, creating BIM delivery programmes, training staff and providing support, and resolving BIM and interoperability issues. Currently Patrick is leading the BIM implementation strategy for councils and housing associations around London along with supporting them in developing a digital smart city.
Luke Pereira
Westminster City Council
Luke has been working within the development team at Westminster City Council for the last 3 years and has been challenged with the implementation of BIM in the council for the past 12 months.


Whilst leading the implementation, he has been heavily involved with creating WCC’s key procurement documents and protocols whilst finding projects suitable for BIM Level 2. Working alongside ECD, he has ensured BIM protocols are followed and has been managing the process to ensure requirements are attained, assisting in completing BIM delivery strategies and BEP’s. Training staff and providing support and knowledge has been a key factor in increasing WCC’s BIM status.

Andrew Jolly
Andrew is the BIM Manger for Elementa in the UK and has over 20 years’ experience as a MEP Coordinator, specialising in the delivery of BIM projects. Coming from a contracting background, he uses his site experience in developing and coordinating models. Andrew’s role as a BIM Manager is to setup and control the BIM standards & strategies for the UK business & to suit each project requirements.
His career has led him to work on prestigious projects such as the Basketball Arena at the 2012 London Olympics and Liverpool football stadium. Currently Andrew is leading a large new flagship headquarters at 150 Holborn as well as a new 40 storey skyscraper located near Liverpool Street.  
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