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Be2talks ...

We are just a couple of weeks away from this years Be2Aards and Be2Talks, taking place on the 25th September as part of London Social Media Week. (Registration open here)

This years be2talks will see a collection of great speakers covering the current leading edge of built environment. Expect topics from sustainability, to BIM, to social media, to big data, to mindfulness ... and…


Added by Martin Brown on September 11, 2013 at 11:30 — No Comments

300+ suggestions for possible Be2Award winners

Up to midnight on Friday 6 September, we had 4,984 views of the Be2Awards nominations pages, and 322 separate nominations were made across the categories.

Of course, some contenders were nominated multiple times - in particular, we saw a lot of nominations for two candidates in the Best AEC collaboration application, with many…


Added by Paul Wilkinson on September 8, 2013 at 19:22 — No Comments

135 nominations (so far!) for Be2Awards 2013

Be2Awards nominations blog With under five days until online nominations close, the 2013 Be2Awards have so far received 135 nominations across the different categories.

Some candidates have been nominated multiple times; others have yet to be seconded; and there are some categories with either only one or no nominations to date.

The nominations deadline is 12 midnight…


Added by Paul Wilkinson on September 2, 2013 at 9:07 — No Comments

Be2Awards nominations now open

Nominations for the 2013 Be2Awards are now open.

Be2Awards nomination blog In previous years, we have used a discussion forum for nominations to the Be2Awards. This hasn't been universally popular, so for 2013, we have set up a Be2Awards nominations blog. To make your nomination:

  1. visit…

Added by Paul Wilkinson on August 5, 2013 at 12:30 — No Comments

Green Vision talks transparency

Last Wednesday, 40 people congregated in the Leeds office of Squire Sanders to discuss transparency. No, not whether we can see out of the windows of our buildings, but transparency in the sense of openness, integrity and honesty in the delivery of built…


Added by Paul Wilkinson on July 8, 2013 at 7:30 — No Comments

New research into communicating with construction industry decision makers

The Construction Media Index report, now in its third year, is the only impartial research report for the construction industry on traditional and digital communication channels.

Our slideshare presentation, as well as giving a run-through of the findings, presents some of the highlights revealed by the research to find out more see: …


Added by Helen Johnstone on June 17, 2013 at 10:07 — No Comments

Green Build Expo was a Pecha Kucha extravaganza!

For those unfamiliar with the term 'Pecha Kucha', it refers to a rapid-fire form of presentation in which users are restricted (usually) to 20 slides each of 20 seconds duration. At this year's Green Build Expo event in Manchester last month, the Be2camp/Green Vision workshop was delivered in three sessions, each including four Pecha Kucha presentations, on a range of issues relevant to green…


Added by Paul Wilkinson on June 10, 2013 at 14:30 — No Comments

Project Phases – BIM Assistance and Scope

Project Phases – BIM Assistance and Scope

 Design Management:

 a)     Concept Stage: Only Architectural Inputs required

-          Architectural Modeling - Exterior

-          Landscape Modeling

-          Design Visualization

-          Building Solar Analysis

-          LOD 100 Modeling


b)    Schematic Stage: Architectural, Structural and MEP inputs required

-          Architectural…


Added by Parveen Sharma on May 23, 2013 at 4:07 — No Comments

ThinkBIM reaches wide

The continued success of Leeds Metropolitan University's ThinkBIM events (organised by the Centre for Knowledge Exchange and facilitated by the BE2 team) saw last week's event reach out across the UK and around the world via social media. A quick look at the Twitter stats for the #tbim2013 hashtag (via Tweetreach) suggests the most recent 50 tweets (of an estimated 277) reached 36,114 accounts, with over 90,000…


Added by Paul Wilkinson on April 24, 2013 at 9:45 — No Comments

Did you miss GreenVision April 2013?

GreenVision's latest event, supported by the BE2 team and hosted by WSP Group in Leeds, drilled into the detail of funding models for Low Carbon Retrofit, Business Drivers for Green Commercial Buildings, Community Energy Solutions and the real Green Deal, moving the discussion from existing legislation and targets to where we need to be heading in order to reap the benefits of delivering change.…


Added by Paul Wilkinson on April 22, 2013 at 8:00 — No Comments

Be2Awards in Social Media Week, 23-27 September 2013

Social Media Week will again be held in London in September, this year 23-27 September inclusive, which means we may well be organising the Be2Awards and Be2Talks to take place during that week (following the…


Added by Paul Wilkinson on April 5, 2013 at 13:57 — No Comments

DesigningBuildings: a wiki - and a content marketing and advertising opportunity

I am a long-time Wikipedian, and as a construction PR professional and occasional public speaker on B2B use of social media in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) sector, I will talk to businesses about using Wikipedia to share information. However, I am often confronted by individuals’ and companies’ frustration that they haven’t been able to get their content accepted by other Wikipedia editors. However, particularly for subjects which may be too industry-specific…


Added by Paul Wilkinson on April 2, 2013 at 9:00 — No Comments

Be2Green - Be2Camp and Green Vision at Green Build Expo

Be2Camp returns to Greenbuild Expo in May, with Green Vision.

This year's session, taking place on 8th May at Manchester Central from 1pm, will be the best yet, with an amazing line-up of speakers (see below for programme).

GreenBuild Expo itself attracts over 4,000 built environment professionals and takes place on 8th and 9th May. It features over 100 free seminars and workshops on all aspects on sustainable buildings, from integrating renewable energy and BIM for beginners…


Added by Martin Brown on March 31, 2013 at 21:00 — No Comments

HonestBuildings: Facebook for buildings

Honest Buildings, launched in the UK last month, puts buildings at the heart of its connections, with their energy efficiency open to scrutiny, encouraging owners and suppliers to demonstrate their carbon reduction commitments.

Honest Buildings, a US-based property network that connects decision makers to service providers for millions of commercial buildings, is…


Added by Paul Wilkinson on March 28, 2013 at 16:37 — No Comments

World Water Day

Be2camp has long been a champion of the use of social media to help plan, design, build and operate a better built environment, and has worked with like-minded organisations to deliver a wide range of events, including one for World Water Day with Dundee University in March 2010 (link). It's that time of year and World Water Day is almost upon us....…

Plumbers are heroes


Added by Paul Wilkinson on March 19, 2013 at 18:00 — No Comments

Green Deal - promotion and take-up

One of the most encouraging announcements from the Government concerning the Green Deal is that they will make £2.9 million available to promote it to home owners. This should add credibility to the scheme by presenting a government backed message.

Also driving forward the energy efficiency agenda is the…


Added by Helen Johnstone on December 19, 2012 at 16:00 — No Comments

Great ThinkBIM in Leeds!

The BE2 team supported the latest ThinkBIM event, organised by the Centre for Knowledge Exchange at Leeds Metropolitan University, on Wednesday 5 December.

As with previous events at Old Broadcasting House, the half-day conference was live-blogged, video-streamed, live-Tweeted and photographed. The…


Added by Paul Wilkinson on December 7, 2012 at 18:41 — No Comments

In the Greenhouse: GreenVision on Sustainable Materials

On Wednesday 12 December, Leeds Metropolitan University's Centre for Knowledge Exchange will be holding its final Green Vision event of 2012 - this time at the Greenhouse (not Old Broadcasting House) in Leeds.

The theme for this event is "Sustainable Materials" and attendees will be drilling down into the detail of LCA, waste management,…


Added by Paul Wilkinson on December 7, 2012 at 18:30 — No Comments

3 influences not to ignore when specification selling

Nowadays to be able to influence the specification of a product, it is necessary to be able to understand how to relate to specifiers and build relationships with those in the Decision Making Unit (DMU). Although the construction industry is not glamorous it is responsible for 9% of UK GDP and has a very complex DMU, hence a marketing challenge, and as the government moves to introduce BIM the dynamics of this unit are set to change.

In this blog I look at the three major influences…


Added by Helen Johnstone on November 7, 2012 at 15:00 — No Comments

Conject staff celebrate their best AEC collaboration Be2Award

Some of the Nottingham-based staff of construction collaboration software vendor conject were clearly pleased with their Be2Award, voted best AEC collaboration solution in the Be2Awards last month.

Conject was previously known in the UK as BIW Technologies but changed…


Added by Paul Wilkinson on October 28, 2012 at 20:41 — No Comments

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