Our teams have been hard at work this week developing and iterating their Architectural designs and working collaboratively together. After a few hiccups working in a 'single model' together and getting used to other team members working in the same model as them, things started really picking up pace, and the divide and concur decended. As a trainer, it is always fun seeing the mist lift at this moment and seeing users' outputs suddenly explode and the realisation of 'Why we didn't we know how to do this before?!'
Our teams have taken different approaches to our project brief (see attached) and have been building and working to the site constraints captured in the previous week. Two have undertaken a student housing developments, one predominantly prefab with restaurant for mature students, the other a behemoth bespoke building breaking the Tyne Bridge road level with student bar and public restaurant. The third group are developing a music venue with recording and practice rooms with a complex facade system and social area. All are taking very different approaches, and I'm excited to see how they turn out.
Although a week focused on project development and getting content created, we took a trip to spaceworks for a day of presentations and workshops with our course supporters bimstore, BIM Technologies and Space Architects on a range of topics and working methods to both help direct the learners as they begin their professional careers, and inspire them with what we believe the AEC industry is on the brink of becoming. Sessions included a 'State of the Nation' style presentation and discussion with Rob Charlton, a pioneer and advocate for fixing the skills gap that's systemic across the construction industry and the instigator of BIM Campus, hands-on sessions with cutting edge technology developments and futures insight of BIM with Adam Ward, Technology Director and known curator of bespoke workflows and technology solutions across the industry, content creation workshops with Kris Atkinson, Head of Content at bimstore and expert in exchange of content between teams and and projects, and an inspiring workshop on Interior Design with BIM and the speed efficiencies now available by Darren Purvis, Senior Interior Designer at Space Architects. A fantastic day and the feedback from the learners has been great with all coming out very excited and even more engaged going forward.