‘the benefits of digitalisation in energy efficiency in buildings are undeniable: the foreseen effects of digitalisation are, at the very least, increased productivity and reliability (exemplified by the time and cost reduction due to digital automation) vis-à-vis improved collaboration, since digital data facilitates inter-organisational collaboration.’
New article on “Build up”, the European portal for energy efficiency in buildings gives overview of digital transformation of construction industry, bringing shift in skills requirements, use of BIM for more efficient use of resources and energy efficient buildings, with wide range of EU funded projects investigating the effects in entire building sector.
As part of the sustainability
planning within BIMcert and with other EU BIM projects we have collaborated to
form BIMalliance. The primary aim of
this is to enable BIMcert to develop an exploitation plan in collaboration with
other partners. This collaboration also enables all partners in BIMalliance to
share materials, modules and learning material. One example of this is partner ITeC,
a member of the Spanish Chapter of BuildingSmart, which have a great activity
related to BIM (https://en.itec.cat/services/bim/).
They have joined BIMalliance in order to develop their digital library of
BIM materials (https://metabase.itec.cat/bim/ca/filter?src=butBim),
and their BIM object creation standard (https://ecobject.com/),
They with all the other partners share our goals of establishing a common BIM
scope in Europe, to develop skills and certification etc.
The four BIM projects BIMcert, BIMplement, Net-UBIEP and BIMEET are collaborating under the title BIMalliance to explore areas
of mutual opportunity and to minimise the energy footprint in construction.
1.1 Focus of
targets, energy savings – Energy week presentation
and certification – utilise databases
targets, energy savings : To determine the position of BIM in European Energy
and Climate Roadmaps beyond 2020; to
explore fields of coordination and support actions, research and innovation, as
well as potential funding sources for the activities,
and communication: Establishing a common
communication and collaboration platform of the 4 projects (e.g., linking their
web pages; sharing information about the Alliance common work, organisation of
joint events, etc.), in order to provide better informing and multiple use of
individual projects’ stakeholders and
and certification:To initiate a common pan-European recognized certification
scheme of BIM and EE skills in AEC industry
(buildingSMART option to be considered)
4. Exploitation of results: To prepare and
distribute a survey via the common platform / united web pages / for assessment
of the progress on BIM maturity and acceptance, as a result of the activities
of the 4 projects; to develop a common report with guidelines for future
Minimising the carbon footprint of energy use in
construction. Stimulating the demand for energy skills.
can assist EU construction to be more green, energy efficient and to attain
better skills. Net-UBIEP Project Coordinator Anna Moreno, said: “BIM
is based on collaboration. We need to share and integrate our knowledge to
reach a better life. This is the main objective of our BIM alliance. Partners
of different projects dealing
about the use of Building Information Modelling to improve energy
performance of buildings decided to share their achievements and go together
for the exploitation phase. Welcome to our 50 partners of 20 European countries
who decided to join into the BIM alliance for a common exploitation!! “
BIMalliance seeks to continue the work started by the
BUILD UP Skills (BUS) initiative that started in 2011. BIM is the first truly
global digital construction technology and is going to be deployed in every
country in the world. It is a ‘game changer’ and we need to recognize that it
is here to stay. BIMalliance will act at market level, further develop road
maps, and qualification frameworks and stimulate the demand for energy skills
across the entire construction supply chain.
BIMalliance seeks to stimulate the role BIM plays
within digitalization of the building sector. The group recognize that without
the integration of BIM into the primary processes of the industry and the
public sector, the uptake of energy skills will be slower and less effective.
A recent report by the RSUA BIM Task
Group, chaired by Peter Monaghan, Change Manager, Southern Regional College, described a general feeling of optimism
amongst its members who have implemented BIM Level 2 within a project. The
report recognised the benefits of BIM Level 2 (though difficult to measure
fully) in areas such as projectvisualisation,
stakeholder engagement, clash detection and co-ordination of M&E with
the building structure/fabric.Improved
construction sequencing and buildability were
also identified as BIM Level 2 benefits.
The report encouraged the development of resources by
Construction & Procurement Delivery (CPD) to assist public sector employers
in the implementation of BIM Level 2. It
recognised the important role that employers have to play including the
provision of ‘Employer Information Requirements’ (EIRs). The Task Group felt
that there was a lack of BIM experience amongst employers and that this was
reflected in the low number of informed EIRs being produced. This was
considered to be a major barrier to the implementation of BIM Level 2.
The report highlighted the need for fee structures to be ‘re-profiled’
to reflect the additional early stage work now required in a BIM project in
order to gain many of the latter stage benefits. The
Task Group also felt that the Northern Ireland construction industry would
benefit from the sharing of ‘lessons learnt’ through local BIM Level 2 case
RSUA supports CPD in their goal to encourage BIM Level 2
adoption in public procurement processes. Procurement Guidance Note (PGN) 03/15
is seen as a valuable contribution towards achieving this goal. BIM has in the past been misunderstood by some as merely a 3D
modelling process. Those RSUA members with experience in implementing BIM feel
that the information management aspect is equally important.
RSUA sees collaboration through BIM as a positive step for the
construction industry although it will not be without its challenges until all
parties in the process have gained both knowledge and experience through
education and application. Recognised BIM qualifications, informed by the
industry, will help increase the number of BIM professionals available to meet
How important is this “BIM-thing”? There is a lot of
talk about the “digital transition” of the construction industry, and the
adoption of BIM (Building Information Modelling), but how serious is this? Is
it a “nice-to-have”, “optional extra”, for construction projects, or is it
something more crucial, or vital than that? Who should be concerned about this?
ArcDox have been providing BIM consultancy, production,
training and support services, for over 10 years in Ireland, and have extensive
experience in implementing BIM on projects.
“We have proved, over thousands of years, that we can
construct buildings and infrastructure without using BIM or digital tools”,
says Ralph Montague, “That’s not the issue – the issue is the cost of not using
BIM and digital tools. Traditional work processes are slow, costly, cumbersome,
problematic and even dangerous. Over 30% of the cost of construction is waste.
Over 70% of projects either end up over budget, or over time, or both.
Productivity in construction has hardly increased at all, over the past 40
years. People are literally dying on construction sites. And there is a huge
environmental impact from construction, contributing over 40% of carbon
emissions. So yes, we can build without using BIM, or digital tools, but there
is a huge cost to not improving the way we work.”
BIM is about providing “Better Information”, using the
best available digital technologies and processes, so that people can make
better decisions, more quickly, and more confidently. This is digital
information that many people can search, query, understand, use and reuse. BIM
is about cutting down rework, abortive work, unnecessary duplication of work. Cutting
down waste. Creating safer work environments. Doing things quicker, cheaper,
and better. Improving productivity and output. Helping to save the planet. In
that context, BIM is more than just “nice-to-have”, or an “optional extra” , it
is incredibly important.
Who should be concerned about this? Everyone who
interacts with the built environment (buildings and infrastructure). And that
is almost everyone. But most importantly, those who are investing capital in
buildings and infrastructure. They should be concerned about getting better
quality buildings and infrastructure, for less cost, and with less impact on
the environment. And “better information” at the end of the project, to be able
to use for the full lifecycle of their buildings. And all the professionals in
the construction industry, who serve those investing in the built environment,
should also be concerned. You could say that they have a professional
responsibility to be concerned and use best available techniques and practices.
We are living in the digital age, and BIM is available and mature, so why would
you perpetuate out-dated practices that are costly and dangerous?
Co-Ordinator of the
Construction IT Alliance (CITA) BIM group
CITB NI will schedule a series of business improvement
events, on varying topics, between September 2019 and August 2020 at a number
of locations across Northern Ireland for the construction industry. Speakers will deliver two sessions of no more
than three hours on BIM for small businesses. The winning tenderer will deliver a talk which
will be recorded by CITB NI onto video. CITB NI will edit the video and
incorporate a set of associated slides provided by the supplier.
Number of Events
Length of Event
Video Taster Course
BIM for small businesses – Get ready! Topics to include:BIM for Small
CompaniesCPD Policy on BIM
(procurement)What training is
available for BIM? Aimed at companies with 1-50 employees covering three areas.
Barry Neilson, Chief Executive of CITB NI, welcomed the initiative
saying: “CITB NI, as part of the BIMcert team and working with the NI BIM Regions
group are trying to raise awareness and dispel fears in the adoption of BIM for
all levels and disciplines within the construction sector.
“Using BIM and other Digital Construction tools will be the norm in the
future. It will help drive better building performance, productivity and
quality improving energy efficiency.”