Following a series of discussions with companies that have supported our initiative (and we thank them for their support!), we've managed to gather a series of success stories and best practices that we can share.
B.I.T. Arhitectura is an architecture design office established in 2017.
The company's mission is to maximize the creativity by employing cutting-edge technology, to experiment new processes, learn and develop own software tools to support development.
The company's long term vision is to improve the AEC industry and turning it more sustainable through high quality architecture.
From the begining, the strategy was to get involved into a wide variety of projects (functions, dimensions, new and old, and even infrastructure) to cover a wide range of scenarios for BIM use cases.
As a start-up, the company managed to safely get through the COVID-19 pandemic using technology and now, with lots of lessons learnt, allows it's employees to work from home (which came as a natural development).
2023 opened a new chapter for BITa as software development company. In a first step, it develops tools required for internal processes, but soon it will launch a bundlle of tools that will support AEC companies with their daily tasks.
The Leviatan Design story has started in 2012 with the vision of young the entrepreneurs to develop a sustainable company based on technology and innovation. Since then, the company offers integrated services for architecture and structural engineering projects in a Design and Build approach.
The Leviatan Design BIM journey started as a response to organizational challenges, like an ever increasing team, evermore complex projects, permanent time pressure and high quality demands (a self imposed standard).
The increase in computing power after 2010 made it possible for software with 3D modeling capabilities to spread in the AEC industry. This new technology was happily adopted by the company because 2D CAD started to show limitations, which in this particular case made the company less productive than the competition.
Currently, all engineers within the company work only with 3D information models from which the plans, the lists of quantities, specifications are derived. 3D models are passed to other members of the project delivery team for coordination and planning.
In Romania, where the company is based, under the conditions in which the construction industry went through a great dissolution followed by the lack of interest of entrepreneurs in the activities of standardization and development of tools necessary to work in a collaborative manner, the principles of construction information management are difficult to be applied.
SAIDEL Engineering has acquired software licenses with BIM capabilities and is in the process of updating the work procedures to align with integrated BIM methodology. The fact that the company offers Design and Build services for special foundations, makes it easier to implement at the level of the two divisions (design and construction) some common standards that will ease the processes and lead to obtaining the profit so necessary for the development.
Specialized in design & build projects with a high degree of complexity, Ubitech Construcții is one of the most technologically advanced construction companies in Romania, which has managed to implement the BIM methodology at the level of the entire work process. Founded in 2015, the company with 100% Romanian capital, Ubitech Constructions offers complete services in the field of constructions such as general entrepreneurship, design and execution, management and project implementation.
The collaboration with Leviatan Design in Design & Build projects brought the adoption of BIM methodology as a natural step of development. The process implementation began with the use of the CDE (Common Data Environment) to management documents and information to ensure transparency, traceability and transmission of information in real time between all parties involved. Through this simple step, a large part of endless telephone conversations, the never-ending e-mails replys and other informal communications were simply eliminated.
The adoption of BIM for execution process was supported by the great teams on the construction site, their dedication and openness, the people in the technical offices. The BIM implementation was facilitated by employing the common Field Management data environment functionalities within a cloud platform. Using this approach, all the processes (e.g. Site Journals, Quality Checks or the Problem Reporting) during execution are performed on the premises, but stored and managed centrally.
Beyond the capabilities of the cloud platform, the use of BIM as a collaborative, integrated way of working has brought benefits at a deeper level of the processes in the work execution stage.
The project is a bike factory, developend and implemented in Romania. A project brief sounds like this:
Structural system: reinforced and prefabricated concrete, steel and timber
Initial design phase: 5268 hours // During construction support: 4080 hours
Software licenses: 2 x AxisVM, 4 x Allplan, 1 x Tekla Structures, 1x IdeaStatica
BIM use cases:
3D coordination: due to use of three different structural materials (i.e. concrete, steel, timber) the construction coordination was assumed to be a cumbersome task; furthermore, the project design team was composed of 11 engineers with limited experience (7 engineers with less than 3 years experience);
Clash detection: to ensure exact assembly and easy on-site mounting, the structure was 'pre-assembled' digitally in AllPlan; it has to be mentioned that for each structural material (i.e. steel, concrete and timber) different design and detailing requirements apply;
Automatic drawing generation: in total, there were produced more than 8 000 drawings for the steel parts (as components for the assemblies) and all of them were generated automatically (including the dimensions).
The restoration and expansion of Berlin's historic Gasometer in Schöneberg showcase the successful implementation of Building Information Modeling (BIM), together with lean construction processes, by WOLFF & MÜLLER, the general contractor, and its partners.
Further details can be found in "Großprojekt digital und schlank gelöst" by Hofmann et al., in Bauingenieur Volume 98 (2023), Issue 11, pages A6-A11.
More on Berlin's Gasometer in Schöneberg: https://euref.de/entry/gasometerschoeneberg/
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