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BIM, Building Physics and Optimised Design - Design by Algorithm ?

CIBSE Home Counties North West Region

Tuesday, 18 October 2016 from 18:30 to 21:30 (BST)

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CIBSE HCNW Member - confirmed   more info 20 Oct 2016 Free  
CIBSE HCNE Member   more info 20 Oct 2016 Free  
CIBSE HCSE Member   more info 20 Oct 2016 Free  
CIBSE HCSW Member   more info 20 Oct 2016 Free  
CIBSE Member, not Home Counties Regions   more info 20 Oct 2016 Free  
IET Member   more info 20 Oct 2016 Free  
CIBSE and IET staff, Council and Board Members   more info 20 Oct 2016 Free  
General Public 20 Oct 2016 Free  

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In 2014 CIBSE HCNW Chair Chris Jones highlighted to CIBSE Council one possible trajectory where ‘Deep Learning’ and Quantum Computing may have the potential to automate building services design. This debate (further detail to be announced) will look at the current technologies and developments in BIM.

Algorithms, Optimisation and Automation - Speakers:

Cathie Simpson - Building Simulation

David Cocking - DesignBuilder

Jason Whittal - Oneltd

The development of building physics, possible futures and how this specialism can serve the collection we call BIM.


Optimised design – how today’s algorithms can do the detailed analysis of a number of design option


Integrating these design platforms with BIM collections, present limitations, best practice and seeing a project on-screen

The limitations of everyday contracts, client requirements and preparation, responsibilities


Intellectual property, licensing, ways to avoid common pitfalls, and possible future developments



Organiser: Chris Jones CIBSE HCNW, Andrew Dodd and Emma Wilcockson IET Buckinghamshire

First Posted 11 June 2016 

CIBSE HCNW Region takes great care to avoid wasted food. So if you do book through Eventbrite and realise you can't make it, please consider others who are less fortunate - let us know by emailing us.

TERMS & CONDITIONS: Just to be clear, CIBSE HCNW and IET Buckinghamshire and the premises reserve the right to refuse or withdraw admission and such a decision is final. Screens and audio are not cinema quality. Enjoyment of the event is subject to the limitations of the premises, speaker availability and our technical facilities executing what we intend them to do - technical performance is not guaranteed. The organisers will not be liable for travel costs, parking charges, excess charges and fines, accommodation costs or the cost of any refreshments not provided at the event.

IMAGES: HCNW may capture images during the event a choose the most suitable, pleasing ones for the CIBSE website. If you do not wish to appear in these, please let the host know. We ask attendees not to capture images of the audience or make recordings at these technical events without making a similar request to those present.  

FOOD & REFRESHMENTS: Tea, coffee and biscuits

BAGGAGE & POSSESSIONS: Please look after your possessions at all times. CIBSE HCNW, IET-Buckinghamshire and the venue cannot be held responsible for lost or missing items.

CANCELLATION: As with any event, this one is subject to cancellation. CIBSE HCNW and IET-Buckinghamshire will not be liable for travel costs, parking charges, excess charges and fines, accommodation costs or the cost of any refreshments not provided at the event. In the event of cancellation, CIBSE HCNW will refund deposits.

WAITLIST: Where an event is over-subscribed, the organisers may add individual ticket requests to a Waitlist, or release tickets to individuals on the Waitlist in a priority order based upon previous booking and attendance patterns.


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Owen Harris Building: Room 2
BNU Campus,
Queen Alexandra Road
HP11 2JZ High Wycombe
United Kingdom

Tuesday, 18 October 2016 from 18:30 to 21:30 (BST)

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CIBSE Home Counties North West Region


We are a regional branch of CIBSE, the Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers - Registered Charity No: 278104.

CIBSE supports the art (including craft) and science of building services engineering.

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