BIM: efficiency through digitalisation

Building information modelling (BIM) is increasingly employed particularly in the design of building technology and in the process of maintenance during the operational stage. With the promise of more efficient workflows, shorter planning and construction times, and better collaboration between all those involved, it will be a highlight of Light + Building in Frankfurt am Main from 8 to 13 March 2020.

“Digitalisation of the German Building Industry”, a study presented in June 2019 by auditors and corporate consultants PriceWaterhouseCoopers (PwC), shows that BIM is demanded in more and more calls for tender. These range from the implementation planning for construction projects in general through the production and geometric visualisation of a virtual building model to the capture of all data relevant to a building.

Around half of all German construction companies already have experience of BIM, and just under 80 percent intend to apply this method of working in the next few years.

Reported benefits for the use of BIM are headed by more efficient workflows and better collaboration. Source PwC Germany: Digitalisation of the German Building Industry, June 2019

Clearly engineering practices, architects, construction companies and installers should develop their BIM expertise now. But André Pilling of consultancy DEUBIM GmbH and author of a guide to BIM, complains at the lack of information management: “Time is pressing. A planner or an architect will only be able to handle a BIM project successfully by using structured information management and the developer only by using the specifications set out in Client Information Requirements.”

Under its top theme of “Pioneering”, Light + Building will be bringing together products and solutions which offer great opportunities, but which are not fully established in the market. These include “Digital twin – BIM”, a cross-trades interface for all players engaged in system integration.

In Hall 9.0 there will be a neutral information platform on the subject of BIM, presenting the BIM process as it operates along the whole planning – building – operating value-add chain. An interactive guide will help the visitor to navigate through the wealth of information and experts will be on hand to respond to questions.  

Light + Building takes place in Frankfurt from 8 to 13 March 2020. More information here.