Eracobuild VDP Summit workshop

Eracobuild VDP Summit workshop

BIM-enabled Lean Sustainable Building

Malmö, Sweden, 15 and 16 April 2010
Workshop documentation to participants
Åke Skarendahl on behalf of IQS


To facilitate networking, exchange of experience, knowledge and approaches on the latest construction and construction management techniques between the lead exponents in Europe. In particular, to focus on the current practical use of the latest ICT tools (often termed Building Information Modeling) to enable lean design and construction of built assets, to achieve more sustainable outcomes. What are the real barriers and enablers to doing this within and between firms in the sector? To describe a scenario on how the future construction sector will create added value for customers, as well as enhance its competitiveness, through process improvement.

The immediate goal for Eracobuild itself was to improve its operation and obtain ideas of what should be focused themes for the next CDP call text.
An additional goal was to inform the sector management of its research and innovation program VDP-Value Driven Processes – targeting value creation for clients, end users, society and sector actors.

BIM – product representation
Lean – production theory
Sustainability – product requirement
Lauri Koskela

Session Thursday April 15

Chaired by Bob Owen

1. Linking LEAN, BIM and Sustainability.  Lauri Koskela, University of Salford

2. Energy related simulation during the building design process – Opportunities and Limitations. Doris Österreicher, AIT

3. Configurator of Saint-Gobain constructive systems : real performances for real needs. Camille Ghibaudo, Saint-Gobain

4. Virtual Reality Tools. Souheil Soubra, CST

5. Costs & Cost Certainty. Simon Rawlinson, Davis Langdon

6. BIM business incentives. Jan Bröchner, Chalmers

7. Paradigm Shift: BIM-for Business to BIM-based Business. Sami Kazi, VTT

8. Practicalities of BIM implementation. Daryn Fitz, Bovis Lend Lease

9. Socio-technical issues around introducing digital (eg. BIM) working. Chris Harty, Reading University, for Reading and Skanska UK

10. BIM software, managing information and collaboration.  Chris Hindle, AECOM

11.  How to convince professionals to move to BIM

12. To identify and price the tasks related to quality information management all across the

Session Friday April 16

The facilitated workshop on Friday before lunch is summarised based on group discussions as follows:

1. Vision

  • Supporting ECTP vision 2030: Meeting client requirements – Becoming sustainable – The transformation of the sector
  • A common vision within the whole value chain of what BIM is and allows
  • A change of thinking, working and educating in the sector
  • A transition to a process approach from a project paradigm
  • A transition to market pull from a technology push paradigm

2. Goals

  • New actors offering new services around BIM
  • Benefits, including business case, strongly identified and publicized for clients and different supply-chain members
  • Added value of BIM known to all construction actors (not only the ones already convinced)
  • Practical issues showing the benefits for each one (time, money & quality) visualized
  • Business and collaboration models Introduced that avoid sub optimization.
  • Concept of BIM as being Building Information Models expended to Building Information Management

3. Activities, themes

  • Tools supporting refurbishment of old buildings
  • BIM for existing building owners based in Cloud Map
  • Government incentives. Roles and responsibilities (including new services)
  • Understanding of cost consequences (surveys)
  • Work flow defined process
  • Minimum and common skill set for respective team members
  • Defining the joint team process
  • Reports on buildings and processes that serve as examples to show improvements and difficulties
  • How do we implement information management from other sectors into the building sector
  • Develop processes that support cooperation
  • Integration of BIM in education (university, training for professional)
  • Model the concept of value, efficiency and price
  • Create articulated incentives for knowledge development and process development
  • Create contractual implications
  • Clear views on responsibility, ownership of the BIM model, fees sharing etc

4. Examples of values created

  • Energy optimization
  • Advanced architecture
  • Optimized design for future flexibility
  • Emphasis on performance
  • Speed, productivity
  • Rigorous recognition of limits of system
  • Non-core design users

5. Standards

  • Functional requirements for buildings
  • Definition of data
  • Standards interfaces of dividing a building into modules
  • Linking BIM with existing modeling software (LCCA, other simulation software)
  • Open system/or information transfer between BIM tools and BIM to Enterprise Resource Planning tools
  • Reengineering processes (standardization/supply chain)
  • Stages in the design process when real components rather than generic can be used

6. Benchmarking/Cooperation/Internationalization

  • Provide a basis for a more continuous European discussion of these issues
  • Create a joint roadmap
  • More interaction industry/researchers
  • Global interaction – US (California), South America, South East Asia etc. Global think tanks, collaborated calls and information transfer.
  • Benchmark with other sectors where information management has been implemented – aerospace, manufacturing etc.
  • Increased focus on global platforms like the IMS (Intelligent Manufacturing Systems).
  • Forum for clients to demand co-operation from vendors and tools