GeoBIM Europe 2014: Transforming construction through automation

GeoBIM Europe 2014: Transforming construction through automation


Amsterdam, 25 November 2014: The first edition of GeoBIM Europe was successfully held in Amsterdam on 19-20 November 2014. In the span of 2 days, the conference gathered over 250 delegates representing 150 organisations from 16 countries across Europe and beyond. Discussions were mainly focusing on how integration of geospatial technology and building information model (BIM) could transform construction industry, with viewpoints by policy-makers, project owners, construction companies, technology providers, consultants and researchers.

Speaking at the opening session, Bryn Fosburgh, Vice President at Trimble, urged construction industry to embrace automation by demonstrating measurable results of geospatial and BIM integration in construction workflows. Among the significant savings include 30% of overall project cost improvements and up to 50% reduction in rework. Speaking from data management point of view, Prof. Jantien Stoter from TU Delft, emphasised the importance of 3D data in the geoBIM integration. Presenting smart data for smart buildings and smart cities, Prof. Stoter believes in 2020, dynamic real time data in 3D will be easily available for everyone hence harmonisation of terminology, conversion and interpretations of geo-information and building information are vital.

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Standards and interoperability in construction workflows were given ample attention at the conference with speakers representing standards development community such as buildingSMART, OGC, and commercial software vendors, updating the audience of their latest development work. Representatives from well-known construction and engineering companies such as Atkins, Royal BAM Group, AECOM, WSP and ARCADIS were also present to share experience and geoBIM best practices in their projects.

GeoBIM Europe is a new initiative by Geospatial Media and Communications, in collaboration with Geonovum and Rijkswaterstaat. It was announced that GeoBIM Europe 2015 will again take place in Amsterdam in October/November next year.