Reasons to attend the international reference meeting on BIM

Overview of BIM use in Europe today

The Building Information Modelling situation in Europe today is very interesting. The context is so heterogeneous that the continent acts as a laboratory to study the different projects that can be carried out using the BIM process.

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Main topics and sector interest

It always starts with a vision of the BIM in Europe and Spain, a start that is essential for Spanish professionals, who can learn the calendar in which the BIM will become mandatory and how the approval of the new Contract Law will affect them.

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Current situation in Spain and Catalonia

After the BIMCAT Barcelona Manifesto of the EBS15, signed by 5 administrations, iTeC prepared in 2017 a roadmap to launch the 88 actions necessary for its development in collaboration with 42 entities in the construction sector.

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How will BIM affect professionals?

Absolutely all those who are involved in what we call the construction life cycle will be affected. The Agency for Professional Certification is currently certifying profiles that did not exist only a few years ago.Change will be unstoppable 

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Novelties of EBS19 respect other years

The EBS19 maintains its new location to provide spaces with greater capacity: the AXA Auditorium will welcome nearly 800 visitors in an ideal environment and will have the presence of Finland and the Scandinavian countries.

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Differences between EBS & other meetings

From its origins, the EBS has focused on an aspect never seen in other similar meetings, one of the keys of the BIM, the collaborative processes, and has established permanent links with other events dedicated to construction.

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Reasons to register

In the first place, not only the professionals but also the managers of the local authorities, the structural designers, the construction managers, etc. You should know that five years ago the European Union approved a directive that will affect the bidding process and working methods in the case of projects for the public. administration. In addition, as BIM will become mandatory in Spain by the end of 2018, we have to prepare.

The third reason is even more persuasive: 40% of the companies currently active will disappear in the next ten years because they do not adapt to the new technologies that emerge. Do you want to be one of those companies?

Parallel activities

As every year, in addition to continuing our successful initiative to start the previous day with sessions for students -BIM4Students-, the future of BIM in the sector, the Summit will include a market, a kind of BIM fair at the CAATEEB headquarters -BIM Experience-. This will be an open event, with free admission, that will allow the professionals and managers of our country to discover all the latest developments in the market, not only products, but also services.

And we can not forget about the labor market. The so-called “BIM Elevator Pitches” will continue to provide a platform that brings together those looking for work and those who recruit.

Advantages of the new venue

First, accessibility. The location of the place in the center of the heights of the city will improve access and mobility and will improve centrality in the BIM European Summit.

Second, the place has capacity for 600, which makes it easier to meet the demand compared to other years.

A third advantage is BIM Space, where we hope to attract more companies committed to BIM than ever, as well as three meeting rooms in which we hope to promote intermediation events: business meetings (B2B) and matchmaking between professionals to generate business and exchange knowledge . In fact, in the last edition we worked with Advantage Austria on the first commercial mission to receive a European BIM Summit in its history. This driver of the Austrian economy abroad brought more than a dozen companies to Barcelona to negotiate with the participating companies.

European BIM Summit, international reference summit

The fifth edition of the European BIM Summit (EBS19) will be held on April 11 and 12, 2019 in the AXA Auditorium, located in the business and commercial center of Illa Diagonal in Barcelona, with the challenge of continuing to be the reference meeting in Europe the most advanced in BIM.

The first day of the contest is open to the local public in general and the latest technical opportunities are presented with the BIM Experience, to which is added the BIM4Students, a space dedicated to future professionals in the sector.

On the second and third days, the summit opens up to the international public where the BIM situation in Europe and in the world is analyzed. The first day of the EBS19, under the title BIM Presente, will be dedicated to BIM applications in the countries that have advanced the most in the world, the Nordic countries, with Finland as the leading country. It will delve into topics such as services and practical methodologies aimed at maintaining and managing the built heritage or the role of the Facility
Management. The day will end with a networking dinner as a great novelty of this edition.

The last day, under the title BIM Future, will be devoted to the presentations of BIM world experts from the point of view of the computer environments as well as the collaborative flows, the new services that are appearing and the growth of international start-ups, the Blockchain and more than 14 case studies about everything the BIM will offer soon.

Some figures from the previous edition

Assistants - 779
Speakers - 33
Streaming sessions - 155

Situation of the use of BIM in Europe today

The BIM situation in Europe today is very interesting. The context is so heterogeneous that the continent acts as a laboratory to study the different projects that can be carried out using the BIM process.
In fact, there is already a general agreement that the BIM is a solution, in fact the solution, to make a more efficient building, from design to maintenance. The approval of the Directive of February 26, 2014, driving Europe towards a more transparent contracting framework, more open to the participation of small and medium enterprises, and more efficient and productive, with the introduction of mechanisms to guarantee quality of the works built and not so much to save money in the “auction” tender, marks a turning point.

Finland is still the country where the introduction of BIM is more advanced, but it is the United Kingdom that drives the sector from the economic point of view, fostering strategic change in the sector. The Brexit now brings uncertainty, and it is not clear whether the sector should follow in the footsteps of the United Kingdom or not, once it ceases to be a member state of the EU.

It is also notable that the countries that have made a determined commitment to the BIM have created a quite shocking situation: in Chile, the Michele Bachelet government has decided to reach a direct agreement with the British government to introduce BIM. Brazil has followed a similar course, consulting with universities in the United Kingdom, and a government agency in Dubai recently obtained BIM certification from a British institution (certification that Britain has not yet obtained).

All this helps to create the image that a country that has not yet implemented or that at least is not considering the adoption of BIM is lagging behind.

At present, several countries have internalized the BIM processes in their construction sectors, with the Nordic countries and Great Britain as outstanding examples. Then there is a second division, formed by nations that are rapidly reaching the leading group, countries that are working hard to implement BIM and whose governments have invested resources to make this possible. This group includes countries such as France, Germany and Austria, among others. Then there is a third division, countries that can see the importance of BIM but have not yet clearly committed to it, putting the resources on the table. These countries include Spain – where the process is advancing rapidly, but in a somewhat arbitrary way – and Italy, which only requires BIM in public contracts for more than 100 million euros and has only launched a single BIM tender per day. There may also be a fourth final division formed by countries that still do not know the virtues of this methodology, awaiting developments. This division would include, for example, the countries of Eastern Europe.

Turning now to give a brief idea about the situation in countries of other continents, we can observe, for example, that in the United States two fields of activity have been key to implementing the BIM process (apart from the contribution made by the Government Services Administration). , or GSA, and the US Army Corps of Engineers to BIM as the largest promoters and builders in that country). The first was led by an institution of the American Institute of Architects (AIA), which represents 100,000 professionals and identified the BIM as a resource to transform the profession itself, which requires the rapid and gradual introduction of new technologies based on digitalization and the mobile. The second driver is the Associated General Contractors of America (GCA), willing to reduce the excessive legal entanglements behind each construction project after completion.

Britain, on the other hand, adopted a totally different strategy. In the second edition, Mark Bew described the well-known level table within BIM. As we mentioned, the strategy adopted by the British government was inspired by a different vision, based on the unconditional political commitment to help a sector that required new horizons to emerge from the old economic system. In 2011, Francis Maude, Minister of the Cabinet Office, presented a strategy to implement and change the dynamics and attitude needed along the value of the chain to establish new forms of work more collaborative and efficient. All this, with a clear objective: to lead the world working with BIM. Not only that, but within a strictly specified schedule: four years, until April 6, 2016, six weeks after the EBS16.

The first strategy, adopted by the USA. UU., Was to change the way two very different professions work. The second, implemented by the United Kingdom, was to restructure a sector to improve its future economic prospects. In the last edition of the Summit, the French model was analyzed. This is a model based on a paradigm shift that implies the adoption of digitization by all the actors involved, including the industry rather than professionals. And they would do it their way, typically from French culture. Before the advent of the Internet, France already had a system to connect computers, Minitel, developed in 1978. And now, France not only seeks to change the construction industry, but its strategy is based on a complete review of the industry. Russia will begin its process in 2019, as Canada moves forward with a Roadmap that served as a model for other countries, South Korea is working with BIM for infrastructure, India has already presented its strategic plan, China plans to develop its own software, Emirates will make it mandatory for all major projects in the country, and so on.

Current situation in Spain and Catalonia

After presenting the BIMCAT Barcelona Manifesto in the first edition, EBS15, signed and supported by five different public administrations, iTeC addressed the case and, in March 2017, in cooperation with 42 institutions that represent the construction system, drew up a sheet of route with a vision to launch the 88 actions necessary for its implementation.

In Catalonia, the presentation of the BIM Guide for the management of works and projects by should also be added, made public in the last edition of the Summit, EBS17, and the planned drafting of the BIM Interdepartmental Commission of the Generalitat de Catalunya . Paper. In addition, the provincial authorities of Barcelona and Tarragona have begun their processes to adopt BIM, and the Metropolitan Area of ​​Barcelona has followed suit by introducing BIM into its Public Space Department, encouraging local authorities and other agencies to be proactive about to BIM.

Taking into account the BIMCAT Barcelona Manifesto, the Ministry of Development delegated the engineering company INECO to launch esBIM, the BIM National Strategy, a task in which CAATEEB led the working group by drafting the first published document, dedicated to describing BIM and which it involves.

Finally, we must mention the interest shown in BIM in the Basque Country and the Canary Islands, although its focus and objectives are very different. Focusing more on the composition of their industrial systems, these regions seek a greater presence of factories and manufacturers in the Basque case, and an approach based more on academic skills and training and public promotion in the case of the islands.

Novedades de EBS19 frente a otros años

Cada año, los organizadores intentan proporcionar buenas razones para que cualquier profesional, de cualquier procedencia, involucrado en cualquier campo del sector de la construcción, regrese a Barcelona nuevamente para disfrutar de este intenso día y medio que los pondrá al día con todos los últimos desarrollos en BIM.

La primera gran novedad de este año es que el European BIM Summit 2019 mantiene su nueva sede para proporcionar locales con mayor capacidad. La nueva sede, el AXA Auditorium, dará la bienvenida a casi 800 visitantes en un entorno ideal para destacar otro cambio: la estructura del congreso, que eleva aún más el listón, si es posible, con respecto a los oradores y las experiencias presentadas.

Una segunda gran novedad es la presencia de Finlandia y los países nórdicos. En 2016, el Reino Unido fue el país invitado en la Cumbre Europea BIM 2016 en reconocimiento a su condición de “país BIM” y el establecimiento del mandato “nivel 2” BIM. El año siguiente fue el turno de Francia, que lanzó un plan de 20 millones de euros para implementar una serie de acciones, proyectos, estudios, premios, etc. Finalmente, en 2018, los países invitados han sido Alemania, Austria, Suiza, Bélgica, Luxemburgo y Liechtenstein, invitados aquí para compartir cómo diseminan y desarrollan entornos BIM.

De hecho, nosotros en el Comité Organizador elegimos cuidadosamente a nuestros participantes cada año, y la única sugerencia presentada en la última edición fue la posibilidad de organizar un programa en el que todas las sesiones fueran plenarias, para que todos puedan asistir a todas las presentaciones. Por eso, este año, el programa será más lineal, lleno de fuerza y se centrará en presentaciones que nadie ha visto antes.

La cuarta innovación en EBS en 2019 es que el evento comenzará un día antes con un evento centrado en el mundo de los servicios y las empresas. Esta sesión abierta complementará la sección de la Cumbre dedicada a estudiantes universitarios y de formación profesional, conocida como BIM4Students, un evento que fue muy bien acogido el año pasado y debidamente organizado una vez más en 2019. Una sesión de casos de estudio de alto nivel estará dedicado a presentaciones altamente educativas, por las mentes detrás de BIM, de lo que es en realidad Building Information Modelling, cómo les afectará en nuestro país, y cómo BIM promueve la nueva industria de la construcción. Finalmente, la sesión finalizará con un taller que está teniendo un éxito extraordinario en todos los países de habla alemana: BIMGame, o cómo aprender sobre BIM mientras se juega.

Es por eso que otra novedad el próximo año será el papel desempeñado por el Grupo de Socios Académicos, que reúne a más de 25 universidades y centros oficiales de formación en toda Europa y el mundo, para aportar nombres, iniciativas de investigación y estudios de casos conocidos e investigados en sus respectivos países.

Principales temas e interés profesional

La cumbre siempre comienza con una visión del BIM en Europa en general y en nuestro país en particular. Este tipo de inicio es esencial para los profesionales españoles, ya que pueden aprender el calendario para que el BIM se vuelva obligatorio en el Estado y cómo la aprobación de la nueva Ley de Contratos les afectará.

A continuación, se realizará una sesión con una inmersión completa, una vista panorámica de los avances logrados en los seis países de habla alemana. Habrá seis temas: políticas de adopción; la importancia de los estándares; cómo BIM afecta la etapa de construcción; la creación de la Guía de Luxemburgo (que se ha convertido en un modelo de referencia); el efecto de BIM en la industria y los productos necesarios para la construcción; y, finalmente, cómo funciona un centro de investigación con respecto a BIM con Tecnologías de Información y Comunicación (TIC) para operar edificios e infraestructura. En resumen, esta será una sesión realmente completa.

El primer día, bajo el título “BIM Presente”, se estudiarán tres áreas en las que BIM interviene: edificios, con la presentación de uno de los ejemplos que se ha vuelto viral en YouTube y presenta experiencias en Asia, que muestra cómo un edificio puede ser completado en solo días; infraestructura, con la presentación del conocido BIM4INFRA por una gran empresa de construcción alemana; finalmente, Operación y Gestión (O & M) en los casos en que se utiliza de manera más radical, como es el caso de las cárceles, un tipo de construcción en la que el diseño, la construcción y el mantenimiento no pueden fallar.

A estas sesiones asistirán dos invitados que generarán un debate de la más alta calidad gracias a su conocimiento de su tema. Temas como prefabricación digital, blockchain, cómo se encargan este tipo de proyectos y cómo se establece un BEP avanzado ayudarán a los participantes a crear una visión general cada vez más profunda del tema en cada presentación.

El segundo día será abierto por el autor de un elemento de software modelo en el mundo de BIM. Esto será seguido de una presentación de cómo BIM está generando nuevos negocios y generando en el campo de la inversión lo que se conoce como ConsTech y PropTech, nuevos nichos de inversión financiera. Como tres nuevas empresas que han lanzado nuevos negocios por valor de millones, el BIM ha cambiado la forma en que se ve la inversión en el mundo de la construcción.

La sesión de clausura estará dedicada a los últimos desarrollos en el sector de la construcción digital. Por primera vez, veremos robots en la European BIM Summit.

How will BIM strengthen professionals?

We often ask ourselves what profession is or will be most affected by the development of BIM? The answer is: absolutely everyone who is involved in what we call the life cycle of construction. Some add the prefix “BIM” to all professional roles. Nobody will be left out of the BIM process if they are part of the construction sector, from developers to builders, from technicians to industrialists, from contractors to painters. But, this year, a sector that had been left behind received a great boost from BIM: engineering. The weight and importance of the BIM processes were seen in the projects financially on a large scale due to the advantages they generate. And, in any case, these projects are for large and small infrastructure elements.

And will new BIM roles be established? The Agency for Professional Certification (ACP) is currently certifying profiles that did not exist only a few years ago. BIM Manager is the profile with the highest demand for job offers in the construction industry. If you want to work, you must improve your professional profile by acquiring the knowledge of BIM. We just have to look at the recruitment websites of staff or go to the BIM Elevator Pitch at the BIM European Summit to see this.

But the BIM is not only creating new professions, but it is also promoting new products and services. These are beginning to emerge and the next European BIM lSummit will show you. The emerging companies established at the heart of the BIM process are becoming sources of financial investment by companies and family offices, a phenomenon that has not been seen for years …

How does the EBS differs from other congresses

Since its inception, the European BIM Summit has focused on an aspect that has never been seen in other similar events, which are always more focused on specific software packages. This aspect, known as one of the key features of BIM, are collaborative processes.

In addition, the congress has established permanent links with other events dedicated to construction: BIMTECNIA in Valladolid, EUBIM in Valencia, BIMExpo in Madrid, etc. to complement this event with what is happening in Spain. We are also working to establish similar links with the meetings that take place in Europe, such as GeoBIM, EduBIM and others, to identify the best speakers and content. If we add to all this that EBS is curated by a guru like Patrick MacLeamy, it is clear that our Summit stands out above all similar events.

All this work has helped to position EBS as a reference congress at European level, the only one with a continental scope.