Barcelona hosts European technology tools summit to cut construction costs by 20%


  • The Col·legi d’Aparelladors de Barcelona (CAATEEB) and BIM Academy, with the sponsorship of ROCA, are organising the first European Building Information Modelling (BIM) summit which is to be held at the World Trade Center on 12 and 13 February.
  • Backed by a European Parliament directive, starting in 2016 BIM technology will be a prerequisite for working on public projects run by government.
  • The advanced construction sector in our city comes in addition to the Smart City Expo, Mobile World Congress and Beyond Building Barcelona, the new Construmat trade fair.


Barcelona, 11 February 2015. This Thursday and Friday, 12 and 13 February, Barcelona is to host the first European Summit on Building Information Modelling (BIM) at which hallmark projects from around the world and the latest advances in this new model of collaborative work in the construction sector are to be presented. The summit organisers are the Col·legi d’Aparelladors de Barcelona (Association of Quantity Surveyors, Technical Architects and Building Engineers of Barcelona – CAATEEB) and BIM Academy, while Roca is its main sponsor.

Maria Rosa Remolà, President of CAATEEB, points out that construction is the sector with the highest number of unemployed and least industrialisation. “That means it is the industry that needs greater attention and a firm commitment as a country to innovation in it,” she says, adding that this is something which CAATEEB has been doing for years. “Governments in Europe cannot afford to have their projects overrun deadlines or fixed costs in advance. As a matter of urgency we need to bring in new technologies to innovate and offer the sector a new future.”

BIM is the technological tool for transforming the construction process,” argues Ignasi Pérez Arnal, BIM Academy Director. “It should enable us to save up to 20% in production costs and reduce the maintenance of buildings throughout their lifetime by up to 33%.” Experts believe that using this collaborative tool can reduce overall risks by 40% and increase overall project quality by over 50%.

BIM encourages the use of digital models with documents shared by all the stakeholders involved in the construction process, thus allowing continuous improvement as well as importing and exporting files. Pérez Arnal says the Congress will make it possible to “see how far BIM has been implemented in Europe” with high-level speakers and examples of its use in pioneering projects such as the new Abu Dhabi airport and the new Crossrail line on the London Underground.

CAATEEB President Maria Rosa Remolà thanked all the sponsors of the Congress, led by Roca, who have enabled Barcelona to become a leader in technological change in the construction sector.

Hosting this event means new construction technologies are added to what the Smart City Expo, Mobile World Congress and Beyond Building Barcelona (the new Construmat trade fair) mean for the city and the world. The summit will take place in the conference centre at the World Trade Center Barcelona (WTCB).

A new approach to the construction cycle

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a new approach to construction cycle processes because it covers the design and conception of a project together with its analysis and documentation, construction and subsequent direction in terms of architecture, engineering and management.
In January 2014 the European Parliament voted in favour of modernising public procurement and tendering rules and recommended using electronic tools such as BIM for design projects and open competitions. This recommendation is a boost for the construction industry as its stakeholders and professionals will need to learn to work collaboratively with this new technology when it becomes a prerequisite for working on public projects run by governments in 2016.
The Col·legi d’Aparelladors de Barcelona, BIM Academy and Roca are aware of what this technological revolution means and so have organised the Barcelona 2015 1st European BIM Summit, an international summit designed to display, share and generate knowledge. The event consists of talks and workshops and is the meeting point for BIM services and businesses.

About the Col·legi d’Aparelladors de Barcelona (CAATEEB)

The Col·legi d’Aparelladors de Barcelona (CAATEEB) was established in 1940 and currently includes a group of more than 8,000 professional surveyors, technical architects and building engineers. In addition to its headquarters in Barcelona, CAATEEB also has regional offices in Vic, Manresa, Granollers, Terrassa, Mataró and Vilafranca del Penedès. The institution’s President is Maria Rosa Remolà.
About BIM Academy

BIM Academy was founded to help change the construction industry by providing experiential training and specific consultancy to achieve full implementation of BIM processes in professional, corporate and public structures.


About Roca

Roca is a company dedicated to the design, production and marketing of products for bathroom spaces and ceramic floor and wall tiles for architecture, construction and interior design. The company has over 20,000 people and 77 production centres and is present in more than 135 countries spread over five continents.
Roca is a brand that delivers premium quality and assurance in planning bathroom spaces and works closely with prestigious designers, architects and interior designers including R. Moneo, D. Chipperfield, Z. Hadid, Herzog & de Meuron, Schmidt & Lackner and J. Mariscal. Through constant research and development Roca promotes initiatives which help protect the environment. This commitment is reflected in the continuous development of new products designed to save water.