Why BIM will change the public bodies’ processes, tendering, construction and management of buildings and constructions?

The opportunity to learn about BIM and its implementation from the hand of European experts (European BIM Summit 2015 – Barcelona, 12-13 February – WTC)


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Before holding this event the next 12-13 February in Barcelona, we thought appropriate to explain the most important reasons why Administration Technicians may be interested  in learning the processes related to BIM everyday tasks.

  1. In 2015 we will learn things by surprise, by chance, systematically and each person will encounter different experiences. But a date is set:  the European Directive 2014/24 / EU (of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 February 2014 on public procurement and repealing Directive 2004/18 / EC of 03.28.2014, Article 22, Point 4 Flats 107) requires European public administrations to use digital systems in their design processes as well as tender projects and its implementation becomes effective in 2016. Given the identification of BIM as a strategic tool to do so, it will involve learning how to use these tools.


  1. Now the construction sector will be different. Agents will interact, in fact, all the players that make up the cycle of building construction will have a unique 3-dimensional model from the beginning of the proposed program to its final deconstruction and recovery, which will require the knowledge of BIM.   They are known as collaborative processes and therefore a new work culture.
  2. Big Data with us at any time, mobiles, digital TV, cars, GPS, Google … and now reaches construction as well. The information a certain material contains (price, delivery date, supplier) will be tied to the one of the project (placement and date of placement) and with its management (how to keep it, time to renew). We have to learn to deal with Big Data seriously in our decision-making routines.
  3. This new work culture involves efficiency, hence, savings and transparency in the process. The European administration can no longer afford not to manage efficiently the resources allocated to properties and infrastructures and citizens cannot be affected by unanticipated delays and cost overruns and meet the 2020 requirements of energy and environmental improvements.
  4. Our processes will have to be adapted swiftly and without dramas and learn Lean, as well as industrialization processes embedded in the linear chain of agents that are now disconnected and sealed areas without effective connection. Governance and transparency must for social networks and ICT cause what is now known as a paradigm shift in the construction sector.
  5. In 2015 we will have to unlearn a lot. We often have systematic work but we must learn to overcome paradigms that have worked in the past but that new technological contexts, social or market make them obsolete. This can only be in the hands of people who have already done so, authorities and professionals who have already implemented it. Therefore, this event organized by Association of  Quantity Surveyors, Architects and Building Engineers of Barcelona (CAATEEB) and BIM Academy (BBIM) have selected experts and professionals from 10 different European countries.
  6. The last reason why it would be interesting for technical assistance (building engineers, public works, roads, industrial, telecommunications, environmental, technical architects, architects, administrators and managers) is because fortunately it will be held in Barcelona on 12-13 February. It is the first time a European level Summit of this kind is organized, with simultaneous translation in English and Spanish- thirty keynote speakers describing and discussing cases and practical applications of BIM in construction sector and its derivative in city management.


In short, BIM has to help manage complexity. Within the European BIM Summit sessions will be devoted to analyze the flood of data and massive acceleration changes contexts in each part of the cycle of the building. To get an overview and detail of which is the arrival (the extent) of Building Information Modelling-BIM.



Fig 1 Image created by Marc Binefa, BIM Academy®

Fig 2 Images courtesy Tekla. Construsoft regarding the operational in SKANSKA (Juha-Matti Kujanpää)

Fig 3 Image courtesy of Tekla. Construsoft