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.

Novekties of EBS19 in comparioson with other years

Each year, the organizers try to provide good reasons for any professional, from any source, involved in any field of the construction sector, return to Barcelona again to enjoy this intense day and a half that will update them with all the latest developments in BIM.

The first novelty of this year compared to the first editions is that the European BIM Summit 2019 maintains its new headquarters to provide premises with greater capacity. The new headquarters, the AXA Auditorium, will welcome almost 800 visitors in an ideal setting to highlight another change: the structure of the congress, which raises the bar further, if possible, with respect to the speakers and the experiences presented.

A second great novelty is the presence of Finland and the Nordic countries. In 2016, the United Kingdom was the guest country at the 2016 BIM European Summit in recognition of its status as a “BIM country” and the establishment of the BIM “level 2” mandate. The following year it was the turn of France, which launched a plan of 20 million euros to implement a series of actions, projects, studies, awards, etc. Finally, in 2018, the invited countries have been Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein, invited here to share how they disseminate and develop BIM environments.

In fact, we in the Organizing Committee choose our participants carefully each year, and the suggestion presented in the 2017 edition about the possibility of organizing a program in which all the sessions were plenary, so that everyone can attend all the presentations , has been carried out satisfactorily. Therefore, starting this year, the program will be more linear, full of strength and focuses on presentations that no one has seen before.

The fourth innovation in EBS in 2018 has been that the event begins the day before with an event focused on the world of services and companies. This open session will complement the section of the Summit dedicated to university and vocational students, known as BIM4Students, a very well-received event last two years and duly organized once again for 2019. A session on high-level case studies will be dedicated to highly educational presentations, by the minds behind BIM, of what Building Information Modeling really is, how it will affect them in our country, and how BIM promotes the new construction industry. Finally, the session will end with a workshop that is having an extraordinary success in all the BIM world: BIMGame, or how to learn about BIM while playing.

That is why another novelty that will continue next year will be the role played by the Academic Partner Group, which brings together more than 25 universities and official training centers throughout Europe and the world, to provide names, research initiatives and Case studies known and researched in their respective countries.

Main topics and professional interest

The summit always begins with a vision of BIM in Europe in general and in our country in particular. This type of initiation is essential for Spanish professionals, since they can learn the calendar so that the BIM becomes mandatory in the State and how the approval of the new Contracts Law will affect them.

Next, there will be a session with a complete immersion, a panoramic view of the progress made in the six German-speaking countries. There will be six themes: adoption policies; the importance of standards; how BIM affects the construction stage; the creation of the Luxembourg Guide (which has become a reference model); the effect of BIM on industry and the products needed for construction; and, finally, how a research center works with respect to BIM with Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to operate buildings and infrastructure. In summary, this will be a truly complete session.

The first day, under the title “BIM Present”, will study three areas in which BIM intervenes: buildings, with the presentation of one of the examples that has gone viral on YouTube and presents experiences in Asia, showing how a building It can be completed in just days; infrastructure, with the presentation of the well-known BIM4INFRA by a large German construction company; finally, Operation and Management (O & M) in cases where it is used more radically, as is the case of prisons, a type of construction in which design, construction and maintenance can not fail.

These sessions will be attended by two guests who will generate a debate of the highest quality thanks to their knowledge of their subject. Topics such as digital prefabrication, blockchain, how these projects are handled and how an advanced BEP is established will help the participants to create an increasingly deeper overview of the theme in each presentation.

The second day will be opened by the author of a model software element in the BIM world. This will be followed by a presentation of how BIM is generating new business and generating in the field of investment what is known as ConsTech and PropTech, new financial investment niches. As three new companies that have launched new businesses worth millions, the BIM has changed the way investment is seen in the world of construction.

The closing session will be dedicated to the latest developments in the digital construction sector. For the first time, we will see robots at the 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.