BIM Creates Better Buildings



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Østfold Sykehus south of Oslo, Norway. The project won a 2014 Building Smart International award as the year's best BIM project.



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Rendering of Arkitema Architects' Nexus project in Copenhagen, where the company works with BIM through the whole project. The building is currently under construction.



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A rendering of theVIA Campus in central Aarhus, Denmark. The rendering is fused with a real-life photo.



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Another rendering of theVIA Campus in central Aarhus, Denmark. The rendering is fused with a real-life photo.



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Marianne Friis, chairwoman of BIM Aarhus and Head of BIM Management at Arkitema Architects.


The Building Information Modelling (BIM) conference BILT Europe is aiming to conquer Aarhus this October by bringing European professionals in the architecture business together. According to one of the people behind bringing the event to Aarhus, BIM creates better solutions and helps architects to meet the very high demands in the building sector.

“Splendid network opportunities, great knowledge sharing and a user-centred approach are some of the key ingredients that make BILT such a good conference for Building Information Modelling. It’s about real stories from the real world presented by real people – so you can both network with and learn from people in similar situations to you,” says Marianne Friis.

The dates to put in the diary are 5–7 October 2017, when Europe’s biggest conference on Building Information Modelling, BILT Europe, will be held in Aarhus, Denmark. Marianne Friis, the chairwoman of BIM Aarhus, together with the local tourist organisation Visit Aarhus is behind bringing the conference to Aarhus.

“Aarhus has a vivid BIM environment, where loads of people are engaged in the community. Also, in general, you can say that Denmark is quite at the forefront of utilising the opportunities available through BIM. This is mainly due to the Danish authorities demanding detailed building data when buildings are erected in Denmark. Something that has been mandatory for many years,” says Marianne Friis, who ordinarily works as Head of BIM Management at Arkitema Architects.

The Value of BIM

It’s clear that architects and engineers generate a lot of building data when designing buildings today, but you might wonder what actually are the benefits of BIM? According to Friis, Building Information Modelling creates better architecture in many ways.

“Building Information Modelling helps us create buildings that you simply couldn’t create in the past. Today, you collect all the data in one model, which makes it possible to make Virtual Reality simulations for example, so that both users and we as architects can ‘explore’ the building or a single building element in connection with others before the building process has even begun,” says Marianne Friis, who continues:

“The standard intelligent building model lets you alter your project in one place, but this can consequently cause a lot of trouble if adjacent building parts aren’t altered accordingly, but with BIM, these adjacent measurements, shapes and sizes are altered automatically. And it’s to learn about the experiences in relation to BIM that people come to Aarhus to know more about. Therefore, BIM Aarhus also invites participants to an ‘open-door’ event on 4 October 2017, where 18 architectural companies will invite people in for guided tours and to learn about BIM, showcasing how the respective drawing offices work with it.”

From 3D to 5D

With BIM, architects actually tag each building element with different tags, such as price, labour costs, durability and so on, so they can keep check if the building project is on track. With price and labour price tags, architects and developers can simulate their building economy in what is called ‘5D’.

“BIM creates value because we can interact with new technology, so you can say we use BIM as an interface for new technology as well as using it as stand-alone building information software. But at the same time, there’s a balance between utilising the digital opportunities to a reasonable extent and then getting the actual project done. The risk is to dwell too much on aspects in the digital sphere while not really moving the process forward. That’s something we are very aware of on an everyday basis – but at BILT Europe in October it’s all about BIM!” says Marianne Friis.

In the days preceding BILT Europe 2017, from 3–4 October, the Building Content Summit will let you hear different perspectives, understand how to develop and set trends, connect with peers and learn how to get the most out of your BIM content. Learn more at the Building Content Summit’s homepage.

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