The second edition of European BIM Summit approaches with United Kingdom as guest country

Roca, hosted the presentation at the Roca Barcelona Gallery, consolidating their commitment with innovation as new main partner of the event.

The international congress about the BIM collaborative work model in the architecture and building industry will take place at the World Trade Center in Barcelona on 18th and 19th February 2016.

Barcelona, 14th January 2016.- Barcelona will host the second edition of the European BIM Summit 2016 (Building Information Modeling) on 18th and 19th February, where the latest advances within this new collaborative work method, in the architecture and building industry will be presented. The Summit, organized by The Barcelona Quantity Surveyors, Technical Architects and
Building Engineers’ Association – CAATEEB (Col·legi d’Aparelladors, arquitectes tècnics i enginyers d’edificació de Barcelona) together with the BIM Academy®. and BuildingSMART Spanish Chapter, with Roca as main partner, consolidates once more Catalonia’s and Barcelona’s leadership in technological innovation in the building industry.

This upcoming edition introduces various novelties, such as the participation of the United Kingdom as guest country; since 2011, UK has lead the BIM implementation promoted by the British government. Some other new introductions are a broad offer of workshops and case studies, as well as a Marketplace where BIM experts and companies with an interest on it may get in contact.

The European BIM Summit 2016 will also count on the participation of over 50 national and international renowned speakers. Standing out amongst them, Bilal Succar, BIM strategic consultant, will present his recent study on the maturation levels of the use of BIM in various countries; also Brian Skripac, one of the leading professionals in the BIM and Digital Practice at CannonDesign, who will run a workshop about the LOD Specification, recently approved by BIM Forum in the US; moreover, various members of the British government will present how the United Kingdom will become a BIM country in April 2016.

During the event, Xavier Torras, Brand Communication Director at Roca, main partner of the congress, highlighted that “the key for a prompt reception of BIM is creating a shared profit for all parties involved i the building cycle, generating at the same time benefits for the final user, by meeting the deadlines and budgets agreed. For that reason, at Roca, we are developing products in a BIM catalogue and promoting, since the beginning, this change of paradigm.”

On his side, Jordi Gosalves, Chairman of the CAATEEB, highlighted during the presentation that “once more, we’ve been drivers of the modernization of an industry demanding a more efficient, transparent, dynamic and collaborative construction, breaking down barriers to work in a cross-wise manner to promote a more innovative and qualitative way of building. Our commitment to lead the
move towards BIM is determined and with the utmost involvement.”

Ignasi Pérez Arnal, Head of BIM Academy, commented that “although Spain is just on the first steps to adopt this change of paradigm in the building industry, the fact of hosting 500 international attendees puts Barcelona on the European agenda, thanks to this congress, addressed to decision makers in building and infrastructures”.

The use of BIM in the public sector

After the presentation of the congress’ upcoming edition, the Roca Barcelona Gallery hosted a technical session addressed to industry professionals in which the whole process of a public work construction with BIM has been analysed. Until now, only international private and corporate actors had requested the use of this system. Since 2014, a new European directive requires that construction agents and professionals as a whole, together with the public administration, shall also integrate this collaborative work system.

The case study presented during the session was the Lluís de Requesens Institute in Molins de Rei, one of the first buildings in Spain tendered, designed and executed with BIM. During the presentation, the various professionals involved have analysed the contributions and benefits that this model has meant.

Also attending the event, we could find Josep Farré, Head of the Building Division at; María Duran, Architect and BIM Manager at Batlle i Roig Arquitectes, who has highlighted the benefits of using BIM, such as, “improving the documental coherence, cross-discipline coordination, understanding of the Project by all the agents or immediate update of all the documents affected when changing something”; Rafael Capdevila, Technical Architect at Bardají–Capdevila Management Barcelona, S.L., who has underlined the importance of considering some aspects of the use of BIM such as the change of roles and contracting schemes with this new collaborative model, as well as the need of “revising the current legal frame to reflect the new responsibilities of the various agents”; and Oriol Marco, Manager of UTE Instituto Lluís de Requesens (Dragados-Calaf), who has explained in detail, among others, the BIM Execution Plan, generated from the collaboration and contribution of all the agents in the project, “establishing a common criteria that makes communication among professionals easier and gathers all project areas”.

Last but not least, Xavier Pallàs, Architect and Project Management at Bimetric LAB, shared with the audience thoughts and learnings on the process. Pallàs highlighted, among others, the importance of “using communication and documental management platforms to ensure fluent work in the team and control and validation of the generated information”. Furthermore, he underlined
that the BIM model adds big value in “anticipating conflicts derived from system coordination, collision analysis and all related to pre-visualization of the building”.


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Jordi Gosalves, Presidente del CAATEEB; Xavier Torras, Brand Communication Director de Roca; Ignasi Pérez Arnal, Director de BIM Academy