The 8th and 9th of march, was hold the 4th edition of the  European BIM Summit at the AXA Auditorium. What was claimed in this edition, was the need of the sector to increase its production,  building better and faster at a lower cost, so it will be faced  in a sustainable way. The global message that we received was an encouragement for a change, to act with transparency and a collaborative vision when the new challenges will appear. We will summarize the BIM Summit within four factors: technology, process, regulations and people.


Brigitta Schock, Partner Schockguyan GmbH, Zurich said that the Open BIM and Lean Construction, are the basic elements for the change, she exposed to us many success stories in her company, as well as emphasizing that we must learn to see problems from another perspective and start trusting each other, in short, changing the philosophy with which we manage the projects and proposing as a solution the LPDS (Lean Project Delivery System)  to  increase the production curve of the construction sector .


Another noteworthy presentation was the one of Rof Jerving, founder of dRufus who presented his data management software which allows to use the information for the planning and management of spaces in hospitals, serving as an example of how to use project data to minimize repetitive processes and therefore reduce what in LEAN it’s called waste.

In this BIM Summit, the different cases that make the construction industry different from the others, and how we should approach it to improve productivity was repeated. One of the solutions that Jose Cosculluela of Construsoft, and Tom Hardiman of the Modular Building Institute, exposed was that prefabricated materials and systems must be used. Using this type of solutions the productivity will  increase  a 90%,  in addition the waste produced will be reduced and the safety will be increased.


At most of the briefings, the people was one of   the key factors  that the speakers highlighted as important for the evolution of the construction industry. The education and continue training must be a part of the company’s investment for its success. As important as people is that all the agents of the industry  row in the same direction, this means, that we must all work under the guidelines of the BIM methodology. From Belgium, Thomas Vender Bergh from BESIX, explained that to bring BIM for everyone they made a search enginee where companies can look for different BIM consulting firms, depending on its needs. This way makes BIM available for industrialists, construction companies, promoters, etc., allowing  even the smallest company to include BIM in it’s processes and methodologies and seeing  it’s benefits and uses, so, in the end they can overcome the fear of cultural and methodological change  that collaborative work implies.


The importance of the creation of BIM standards in order to collaborate more and better was one of the main keys of the European BIM Summit, not having them makes, the collaboration and the understanding within the people and works, more difficult and the progress slower.

The last day, Patrick McLeammy, the person who predicted 25 years ago the evolution of the construction industry and the direction that it would take, was the winner of this edition, a creat closure for a BIM event. 




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