Daniel and I were at Digital Construction Week 2017 at the ExCEL exhibition centre in east London last month. We quickly found ourselves enjoying some busy networking amid the widespread “BIM Buzz” there was around the event – BIM being one of the six key trends upon which DCW focused.
This was the third edition of Digital Construction Week, and the event has apparently outgrown the Business Design Centre in Islington – hence the move to ExCEL. We understand the larger venue allowed for a bigger main conference, plus some larger stages around the exhibition floor for what appeared to be many popular seminars on key subjects. It was certainly busy. We watched some of presentations in the ‘BIM Village’ (“watched” being the operative word – the audience mainly listened through ‘silent disco’ headphones so that speakers’ words could be heard above the hubbub of the show). Mainly hosted by the UK BIM Alliance, these were really well-attended, suggesting that interest in the push towards BIM Level 2 and beyond continues.
Opentree didn’t exhibit at DCW this year. We found it more valuable to walk around the show. We talked to some exhibitors that we already knew (SaaS CDE vendors Viewpoint, GroupBC and Asite, for example) and also to some that we hadn’t met before. As we were both wearing our Opentree shirts, the branding attracted some attention; several people stopped us to ask about Cabinet, either because they were already existing or potential customers, or because they had read about us and wanted to know more.
Incidentally, since the show we’ve seen a Youtube video interview between industry blogger Paul Wilkinson (who wrote about Cabinet last month) and Viewpoint’s EMEA commercial director Steve Spark – and Opentree gets a mention!