GeoBIM Europe 2015: What (and who) to expect?

GeoBIM Europe 2015: What (and who) to expect?

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With less than a month to the second edition of GeoBIM Europe, scheduled on 10-11 December in Amsterdam, here is a sneak preview of what the 2-days conference offers.

Why GeoBIM?

The world is talking about BIM – whether in developing countries with handful of development projects in pipeline; or in the developed ones, looking for operational efficiencies and additional business avenues. BIM has been the buzzing word in construction industry since the past few years, so BIM is THE thing. However, processing of digital building data does not incorporate the ‘story’ behind the design of a building or an infrastructure. It is merely a stand-alone model. Integrating BIM with geospatial data will produce the intellectual information and decisions about the design and intent of a particular infrastructure in the context of the whole system, and how to operate and maintain it in the long term. It is fair to say integration of BIM and Geospatial is the next big thing. Opening speakers of GeoBIM Europe, Rob van de Velde, Director, Geonovum, and Jon Fingland, Business Unit Director of Trimble Buildings will elaborate further on this integration. Look out for a short segment on ‘next geoBIM generation’, featuring young students at the opening too!

In the context of Smart City

When delivering BIM in the context of a city, a building is never seen in isolation. A building is always integrated with other infrastructure, such as transportation system, utilities, public facilities, etc. The plenary sessions of GeoBIM Europe put focus on this topic, with special emphasis on the underground infrastructure. Prof. Zef Hemel, a well-known figure for his long term contribution in Amsterdam urban planning board, will address the holistic concept of smart cities and how geoBIM fits in the puzzle. Claudia Andrade, Chief Information Officer of Rijkswaterstaat, the government department responsible in driving BIM implementation in the Netherlands, will share the importance of BIM in the Department’s business processes. Martin Peersmann, Programme Manager responsible for the implementation of the legally mandated key registry for the Subsurface in Netherlands, from Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment will also take the stage. The plenary will feature well-rounded technology representations by Topcon, Bentley, Oracle and Geodezia, the largest survey company in Europe.

Standards and interoperability

In a recent study done by Geospatial Media and Communications, it was found that while cost and expertise is the key challenge for BIM adoption in developing countries; interoperability and incompatibility is the main issue in developed world, Europe included. Open BIM standard paves the way for exchanging alignment information between different software systems, from planning to asset management, and greatly reduces the risk of costly construction errors. OGC and buildingSMART International, two key organizations in developing geospatial and building standards, respectively, will be hosting a 90 minutes workshop at GeoBIM Europe, to update the audience on their collaborative work. BIM Loket, a newly-established BIM ‘front desk’ in Netherlands, will be hosting a 3-hour special session on open BIM standards adopted in the country, including COINS, CB-NL and VISI.

Building data, semantic web and 3D

Creating links between individual related models or additional data about the building, its materials, context, location or environment remains a challenge, which leads to issues when aiming to understand, interpret and share building models across organizations and scenarios. Researchers from the European-funded DURAARK project will introduce the concept of linked data and semantic web techniques for enriching, sharing and linking BIM models in a 90 minutes workshop on Building Data and Semantic Web. Integrating BIM and 3D geodata helps in creating and managing complex urban information spaces. Ulf Månsson, Senior Project Manager at SWECO, Sweden will present an interesting integration of GIS, CAD and BIM with 3D geodata in the popular block building game, Minecraft. Mario Matthys, the coordinator of '3D Gent' initiative from City of Gent, Belgium will also talk about the integration of BIM and 3D-GIS data to improve evaluation and interactive communication about spatial development, using serious gaming in a space-time multi-D scale. A new research led by Keynetix on geotechnical BIM: applying BIM principles to geology, will be presented by its Technical Director, Gary Morin. This research is supported by British Geological Survey, Atkins and Autodesk.

Facility Management

The full value of GeoBIM can only be found during the operational life of a building/infrastructure where the majority of the lifecycle costs occur. To realize this value, there is an ideology that projects be perceived as not ending with the owner, but starting with the owner, who really knows best what information is important to his/her business processes. Facility managers, on the other hand, often see BIM as a process associated only with design and construction, rather than digital asset that they can use downstream. Instead of getting involved in the process, FMs are more interested in the information generated from BIM for their facility management system or building control system. An exclusive panel discussion to be moderated by Tahir Sharif, BIM Director, Hexagon Geosystems, will discuss the challenges faced by building operators and facility managers, which could be avoided if the construction workflow is streamlined from the design phase itself. The FM community will be represented, among others, by Deborah Rowland, Head of Property Asset Management, Ministry of Justice Estate Directorate, United Kingdom; Alexander Worp, Strategic Advisor (Asset Management), Schiphol Airport; Joris Goos, GIS Manager, City of Rotterdam; and Spencer Schols, Manager Real-Estate & Development, Bo-Ex, a housing corporation based in Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Business value of GeoBIM for existing buildings & infrastructure

Despite fast developments and spreading standards, adoption of BIM for existing buildings and infrastructure is still unclear, in terms of process automation and business value. The term scan-to-BIM is not as simple as it sounds. Transforming laser-scanned point cloud data into BIM model is still very much a manual process and requires different tools and skill sets altogether. Being time-consuming and costly has led many to doubt its practicality although the value in the long run is unquestionable. Ken Bragg, European Services Manager of Safe Software will share some successful case studies of integrating BIM and GIS data for existing buildings. Paul Bryan, Geospatial Imaging Manager from Historic England aims to address this issue from cultural heritage management point of view. Artemis Valanis, BIM Consultant at Norconsult, the largest engineering and design company in Norway, will share her experience in adopting geoBIM for rehabilitation and construction of buildings and infrastructure. The use of 3D laser scanning and BIM at the construction site of Italian Pavilion at the International Exposition 2015 in Milan, too, will be presented by Gexcel, an Italian survey company.

The social issues

For many, adopting BIM does not only concern technological issues. Construction industry requires broader understanding of social, economic, technological and cultural variables, and how to build buildings/infrastructure which perform to higher environmental and energy standards. This makes transformation a challenging process. GeoBIM Europe will address the social concerns regarding BIM adoption as well. Gerhard Deiters, a lawyer from BHO Legal, a legal firm in Germany, will talk about licensing/IPR; responsibility and liability for (in)accurate data and/or data processing; and data protection. Arto Kiviniemi, Professor of Digital Architectural Design from University of Liverpool will deliver an address on BIM education in architectural curricula; and Riccardo Viaggi, Secretary General of European Builders Confederation will address the common challenges for SMEs to adopt BIM.

For complete programme agenda of GeoBIM Europe, please visit www.geo-bim.org/Europe/agenda.html

For registration and media query, kindly contact Ms. Sarah Hisham at [email protected]