Utilities Project Timelapse Video

As part of our commitment to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 35% by 2016, the University of Reading is installing a new Energy Centre that will use Combined Heat and Power (CHP) technology.

The new gas-fuelled Energy Centre will contribute almost 10% of the carbon savings needed to hit our 35% target and save over £250,000 in utilities costs annually.

This timelapse video spans the first 10 months of the construction project.

Video by: Dr Maxwell Mallia-Parfitt

Music by: BenSound

BIM Technology Showcase Review

On Monday the 6th October 2014, the Design Innovation Research Centre hosted a Technology Showcase event in partnership with the Thames Valley BIM Hub.

Dr Chris Harty gave a short introduction and overview to BIM-related research currently underway in the School of Construction Management and Engineering, followed by presentations from five technology providers in the Construction Sector.

During these presentations, Dr Maxwell Mallia-Parfitt demonstrated technical capabilities of the University of Reading’s CAVE (Collaborative Automatic Virtual Environment) which gave visitors the chance to experience total immersion within a BIM model, at a 1:1 scale, of the new Whitechapel Station development part of the £14.8bn Crossrail project.

Pictures from the event:
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International Data and Information Management Conference (IDIMC 2014)

The inaugural ‘International Data and Information Management Conference (IDIMC 2014)’ was held at Loughborough University’s Design School, on 17 September 2014. Dr Sunila Lobo presented her work on how learning about information management across construction projects can be mobilized and embedded in future project practice. It was organized by Loughborough University’s Centre for Information Management in collaboration with the British Computer Society’s Data Management Specialist Group and attracted senior people from industry and academia. The organisations that attended include English Heritage, BBC and Ford. The keynote speeches from Profs. Sue Newell and Jacky Swan as well as a senior executive from Ford and a leading academic from the University of Cambridge were very interesting and interactive. It was envisioned that such events as this would bring together different strands of research and practice, which in combination could make a huge impact on the information society and knowledge-based economy.
For more information, please contact Dr Sunila Lobo.