The CITA BIM Gathering, a key annual event for those who use or are interested in learning about Building Information Modelling (BIM), is fast approaching.
This year it will be taking place on November 12 and 13 in Dublin as part of the Irish Design 2015 project, which positions Ireland as a country with superb design experts.
Association co-founder Dr Alan Hore said that the conference has a three-fold function. Its primary purpose is to present Ireland is a place where BIM will succeed. The second is to emphasize BIM’s importance in making the Irish construction industry more efficient and cost-effective. The third is to discuss new BIM innovations and developments with the global BIM community.
The speaker list will include Dr Bill East, who advocates BIM standards in the US, Dr Frederic Bosche, expert in construction project management, Dr. Arto Kiviniemi, Professor of Digital Architectural Design at the University of Liverpool’s School of Architecture, and Léon Van Berlo, a prominent member of the Open Source BIM Collective.
Damon Stevenson, European Sales Director for software developers Exactal, says that the Irish construction industry is now catching up with the rest of the world in its appreciation of BIM’s potential.
Dan O’Sullivan, a Carlow IT lecturer, predicts that over the next three decades, BIM will revolutionise how construction is procured everywhere. He says that while the progression from 2D CAD has been compared to the “move from the drawing board to the computer”, it does not adequately describe BIM’s full potential.
BIM is not simply about creating a shared 3D model, O’Sullivan says. Complete implementation will mean that these models are loaded with important information that will continuously evolve throughout a project’s full life cycle.
To date, BIM has concentrated on information modelling for the purposes of coordination, with clash reduction and detection in unsuccessful site operations being a primary use. While these are important and extremely useful functions, experts say that they are only the tip of the iceberg where possibilities are concerned. The ultimate goal is a single, cloud-based model shared by everyone involved in a particular project: owners, designers, cost and construction managers, contractors, founders, etc.