Success Stories

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 (click to expand)

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. 

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Leviatan Design (click to expand)

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 first step was to map the existing design process using a 'divide et impera' approach (the process was broken down into tasks and then used as building blocks to create the whole process). To do this, a series of support questions came in handy:

All these questions (and many more) led to the conclusion that they need technology to enable them to work smarter, faster, with less effort. Putting this conclusion into action, all desigg engineers of various disciplines are working now with BIM enabled software packages allowing them to develop 3D models. All the models are federalized within a CDE (Common Data Environment) used for data storage and sharing, enabling the project to benefit of the 'single source of truth' (all project information, consolidated and up-to-date, in a since place, available for all project teams at all times).

It has to be mentioned that this change had a great impact in major Build and Design projects developed by Leviatan Design and implemented together with the Ubitech Constructii partner company.  

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SAIDEL Engineering (click to expand)

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.

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Ubitech Constructii (click to expand)

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.

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Plan Design (click to expand)

The project is a bike factory, developend and implemented in Romania. A project brief sounds like this:

BIM use cases:

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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.

Early involvement of project participants through workshops facilitated a collaborative approach, with BIM providing a unified data model that kept all project participants updated in real time. This digital approach enabled accessible, modifiable, and visualizable plans and calculations, enhancing efficiency across various project phases. The use of 3D visualizations was particularly effective in demonstrating the project's progress.

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/


Additional information of implemented projects is available at

Deutsche Bahn Netz AG (click to expand)

The cross-border railway project Dresden-Prague New Line (“Neubaustrecke Dresden–Prag”) is an example for a holistic implementation of openBIM. The German railway infrastructure company DB InfraGO AG and the Czech state organization Správa železnic (SZCZ), which are also the infrastructure operators of their respective countries, collaborate in this flagship project, aiming to reduce travel time between the two metropolitan areas to about one hour.

Many BIM use cases are part of this project (e. g. as-is modelling and advanced visualisation) and many additional aspects are considered, such as model-based geotechnical, environmental, and noise/vibration studies. The huge amount of information requirements, e. g. attributes, classifications and other BIM-related aspects, are documented within a BIM Execution Plan (BEP) and systematically implemented using the Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) data model and advanced model checking practices.  

Further details can be found in the following publications:

Teixeira Duarte - Engenharia e Construções, S.A. is a Portuguese company with roots tracing back to the individual endeavors of its founder, Engineer Ricardo Esquível Teixeira Duarte, in 1921. Presently, Teixeira Duarte stands as a global entity and serves as the flagship company within the Teixeira Duarte Group in the Construction sector. The company boasts an extensive project portfolio and holds notable expertise in Geotechnics and Foundations, Buildings, Infrastructures (including Maritime Works and Rehabilitation), Steel Works, Underground Works, and Railway Works.

With a workforce of 2,600 employees spread across multiple countries, including Portugal, Angola, Brazil, and Mozambique, Teixeira Duarte has established itself as a key player in the AEC industry. At the core of its technical leadership is the Design Department, where specialized engineering studies and designs are undertaken for the entire Group. This department assumes a pivotal role in exploring competitive structural solutions for tender submissions and developing designs founded on robust technical principles. Furthermore, the Design Department leads the coordination and integration of Building Information Modelling (BIM) across the Teixeira Duarte Group. This encompasses the consolidation of internal and external training, the utilization of BIM technology in design processes, and the implementation of internal procedures to enhance operational efficiency.

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Wallnut (click to expand)

Founded in 2016, Wallnut has always been driven by the ambition to present innovative solutions for the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) industry. Motivated by innovation, the company promptly adopted Building Information Modeling (BIM) for more integrated projects, surpassing the prevailing traditional practices in the Portuguese context. 

With accelerated growth, it quickly evolved from an initial core of five professionals to a robust multidisciplinary team, including architects, engineers of multiple specialties, and construction professionals. The breadth of this area of operation, from design to execution, presented itself as a challenge of great complexity, particularly concerning the information inherent to each specialty, reflected in their respective BIM models, further propelling the company towards digitalization. 

Alongside the use of BIM, several methodologies, software, and technologies have been tested. Investment in architectural survey tools, whether for outdoor or indoor spaces, using drones and Matterport, respectively, allows for tremendous precision, both in terms of the working base for the project and for on-site verifications.

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PICA CIAMARRA ASSOCIATI (click to expand)

After the studies on the “open form” (Officine Angus – IN/Arch-Campania prize 1969 – and the Casa at Posillipo (1967), the multi-purpose unit at Arcavacata, University of Calabria (1972) is the first work of international echo, included by A.Shimmerling and A.Tzonis among the ones that give evidence to the evolution of the theses of Team X (l’Heritage des C.I.A.M. 1958-1988 – CCI Centre G.Pompidou). Le carré bleu, feuille internationale d’architecture is their relation to those ideas and principles through a number of architectural competitions among which (1964) ”Un seme per la metropoli” 2° prize: Bologna, designing the new primary school; (1968) “Kronos” 1°prize: Faculties of Sciences and Pharmacology at the University of Messina.

Their attention to sustainable architecture and environment is the framework for the design of: “C.N.R. technology centre” in Naples (1988, Finalist for the International Award for Innovative Technology in Architecture – Sydney) and “the Square” in front of it (1990, Aragonese award); this fore they are chosen among the 4 European architects for Ecoville Europe (Ministère de l’Equipement / Ministère de l’Environnement – Secrétariat du Plan Urban – Paris); after this, “Teuco-Guzzini offices” at Recanati (Technology-Environment-Architecture award, 1998); the Forteguerriana Library at Pistoia; the “City of Science” on the coast between Coroglio and Bagnoli (Trophées Sommet de la Terre et Batiment 2003 mention spéciale); award Dedalo Minosse Baraussi 2004; Triennale di Milano Gold Medal to Italian Architecture, finalist; European Museum award 2005 (European Museum Forum); among the works currently under construction: the “Faculty of Medicine” at Caserta, the school complex at Camerino, the Museum of Human Body and the Sport Park in Naples / Bagnoli.

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TPF'S EXPERIENCE (click to expand)

TPF - CONSULTORES DE ENGENHARIA E ARQUITETURA S.A. is a multidisciplinary company that undertakes projects of all scales for both national and international markets. In 2014, the company began integrating BIM methodologies across various sectors, unlocking the potential of BIM models and processes. This integration has led to significant improvements in project quality and has greatly enhanced both client and team satisfaction.

TPF Consultores allocates a significant portion of its resources to research and development, allowing to remain at the forefront of the latest technologies and methodologies in engineering and architecture. We develop innovative solutions tailored to our clients' specific needs, employing a personalized approach for each project to ensure that the implemented solutions are the most appropriate and efficient for every unique case.

The company actively participates in discussions and work platforms regarding the best BIM practices in Portugal. TPF Consultores is a member of the CT197 - BIM Technical Committee and various working groups, and is also an active member of buildingSMART Portugal. It has participated in several national and international congresses and has presented its experience, with more than 20 articles published about BIM. In 2021 TPF Consultores received an Honourable Mention for "Innovation" at the BIM Excellence Awards.

The TPF Innovation Centre, created in 2017, supports projects, develops tools and automation, and promotes scientific dissemination and internal training. The Centre has been developing work for various areas and sectors of the company to help find the best design solutions. The routines and methodologies developed by the Centre arise from the needs verified by the employees in the development of their work and are also the foundations to the methodologies and processes adopted internally in the company for the development of projects using the BIM methodology.

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