The Top 3 Trends From BILT Asia.

What is BILT?

BILT is the leading BIM and Digital Processes training conference. Held annually across Asia, ANZ, North America and Europe, BILT brings together international experts from across disciplines to take part in 60 courses over a three-day period. Speakers include a range of established international players from the AEC and Software space such as Arup, Autodesk, and Gensler, along with new entrants such as, a Silicon Valley based AEC Technology company born out of Google X.


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How is BILT different?

In a time where the word ‘BIM’ has been marked by increasing scepticism, BILT has proved to be unique and valuable for a number of reasons.

  1. Practical application
    BILT focuses on the application of real techniques and real technologies, rather than being a platform solely for vendors. BILT have established an optimal environment focused solely on training to drive industry change.
  2. Practitioners teaching other practitioners
    The core speakers and contributors are the day-to-day users of the technologies and workflows being taught. BILT’s philosophy is that those within the industry are best placed to train others. The result is an open dialogue between delegates that allows them to dig into the detail and fully engage with tools, rather than just a superficial or theoretical presentation of the latest software.


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The Big 3 Trends

Our Senior Associate & Digital Enterprise Technical Specialist, Justin “Patty” Pattemore attended the event. We asked Patty to sum up the “Top 3” trends at this year’s conference:

This was the buzz word at the conference. Flux works with clients in the real estate development, investment and construction sectors. Their core product is a platform that aims to solve the inter-operability problem between various software packages and stakeholder groups. Everyone was talking about this San Francisco based company, and everyone wanted to know more about what they’re planning to do. Their platform has some very interesting and far reaching implications for industry wide work-flows (beyond design), definitely one to watch.

Example: Flux Platform connecting with Dynamo

2. VR for AEC

VR played a big part at this year’s conference, with several Virtual Reality / real time rendering companies like Enscape, Revizto, Fuzor and VRCollab taking part. Whilst still in its emerging stage, the excitement around VR as a tool is warranted. Key areas explored by these contributors included “With VR your Consciousness is the medium”, “Digital Rehearsals”, “Design Reviews and Perspectives of the model”, “Efficient collaboration and remote location reviewing” and “Using Point Clouds and VR/AR to monitor construction”.

The applications of Virtual Reality are expanding, including design reviews, remote location viewing and collaboration. 

3. Big Data and Parameters
You would be hard pressed to find a topic mired in more interest (and possibly fear) than Big Data. At BILT there were a variety of different opinions about the extent to which Big Data can be applied today.
For example, the extent to which data can be used in “families” (grouped elements with a common set of parameters) depends largely on the intent and objective of the project. The user must decide how much data is too much and how much is too little. The difficulty is, this varies from project to project, but the important take home is to make provisions for it at the project’s outset.

UNIFI cloud platform. 

UNIFI are going to be launching some great tools to be able to help with family parameter management. GPswap is a parameter swap tool that creates different locational families for specific parent families – these parameters are created based on a set of locational rules –  whether it is local codes and standards, or even the local language. This will be incredibly powerful for clients that have project portfolios that exist across multiple states or countries. It will make the modelling process much smarter, allowing users to set the rules for a location or several locations, run the program and create families based on those rules.

Data Driven Design

Data is also being used to drive design and is coming from a variety of sources in the surrounding environment.

  • Survey Driven Interior Design: Members of an office are asked a series of base questions on what they would like to have in their office environments, such as seating arrangements, traffic flows, sunlight etc. Based on these answers, the algorithm cangenerate best suited layouts based on the staff preferences.
  • Sun Path Driven Facades: Using external conditions and sun paths to drive optimal façade design and sun shading, rather than a human “close enough” approach.
  • Pedestrian Flows: Projected traffic flow volume and paths within public spaces (like stadiums, train stations and airports are being used to drive the positioning of lifts, amenities and even retail offerings.

About Justin

Justin “Patty” Pattemore is one of Ridley’s leading experts in Revit, working across a variety of different projects to ensure projects are established and modelled in the most efficient and intelligent manner possible. As somewhat of a BIM veteran, Patty was refreshingly surprised with the value and level of engagement at BILT. Commenting that this was “the best BIM conference I have been to, I learnt more at BILT than all of the others I’ve attended previously, I look forward to coming back next year with a larger Ridley team. We’d love to play a more involved role.”

For more information on Ridley’s Digital Enterprise Team, please contact Daniel Kalnins, Head of Digital Enterprise at