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Big BIM approach proven efficient at buildingSMART Switzerland event

Posted by Julie McClure on 10/18/12 9:12 AM

Big BIM, or the greater collaboration among multiple disciplines involved in planning an architectural project via a building information model, was a featured topic at “People, Processes and Technologies in Construction Management.” This two-day event was presented by buildingSMART Switzerland in Zurich earlier this month in cooperation with Swiss universities, software providers, and Swiss Vectorworks distributor ComputerWorks AG.

Nemetschek Vectorworks' Luis Ruiz (left) and Paul Curschellas, president of buildingSMART Switzerland, addressed attendees at the October 4-5, 2012 event.

As part of the event, Nemetscheck Vectorworks’ Architectural Industry Specialist Luis Ruiz presented on “Collaboration and Information Sharing in Open BIM Planning.” The session illustrated how a Big BIM planning approach increases efficiency in design and construction. It was based on a proof of concept case study in which an architectural team worked intelligently with a general contractor, owner, energy consultant, facility manager, MEP engineer, and civil engineer to create a multi-story, urban apartment building.

“For the first time in Switzerland, it was demonstrated how effective a Big BIM planning process can be when the various disciplines involved work with products from different manufacturers in a collaborative environment,” said Andreas Kling, CEO of ComputerWorks AG. “This presentation proved that the IFC [Industry Foundation Classes] file format can accomplish the task of data exchange between parties, and it showed that the efforts of buildingSMART and Open BIM are beginning to have a positive impact.”

Other presentations and workshops were devoted to new methods of construction management and digital building information models applied in the construction of skyscrapers, tourism facilities, and public health buildings. Approximately 40 architects, construction and project managers, generalists, and building owners attended.

Topics: Andreas Kling, BIM, buildingSMART Switzerland, ComputerWorks AG, Education, IFC, Luis Ruiz, Open BIM

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