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Construction sector

Construction sector still causes BIM challenges

Construction sector: The FIEC has warned of the many BIM challenges in place and calls for more to be done to support the transition into digital construction

Construction sector news: BIM has become a key component of the construction industry, however the European Construction Industry Federation (FIEC) has warned the industry still faces BIM challenges.

This was the statement made in a new manifesto, in which the organisation acknowledged that while BIM is improving productivity and competitiveness, there are still many difficulties.

Kjetil Tonning, vice president of FIEC and president of its Technical Commission, said: “BIM is transforming construction, and the industry needs to lead the effort to encourage widespread uptake across the entire value chain.

“With this background, FIEC has launched its manifesto, to highlight the potential of BIM in terms of facilitating the implementation of EU policy.”

The manifesto forms part of the federation’s wider activities to help support the sector as it transitions into new technologies including BIM and other digital processes.

Tonning, who led a working group of FIEC members as well as contractors, industry and academics, said access to data was vital.

“One of the key impacts of BIM is that it both facilitates and relies on closer collaboration across the entire value chain, on a scale not seen in the industry until now.

“Such collaboration between the various sectors and people involved in a construction project will be impossible without open and free access to all the essential data stored in a Building Information Model.”

The document, ‘Making BIM a Global Success’, listed the challenges that could prevent adoption of BIM by all companies across all sectors. It called on solutions to be made to help SMEs keep pace with changing technologies and to prevent these firms getting left behind as a result of inappropriate software, lack of knowledge or financing problems. The manifesto said policymakers and public sector clients could play their part in this, helping SMEs to receive adequate support.

From this, many recommendations were made:

Standardisation should be a key consideration, but the FIEC said other regulations should be limited to what was necessary to help transition into digital construction.

The federation said it wanted to see a balance between top-down and bottom-up action, with the latter the preferred approach.

Tonning commented: “BIM, in particular, is changing the way we build, with benefits for the circular economy, energy efficiency, smart cities, climate goals and new jobs for young people that have previously been deterred from working in construction.

“We are looking forward to strong partnership with the EU institutions, which will deliver win-win results for EU society and our economy.”

We must remember that we have a responsibility to design and construct buildings for the upcoming generations. A significant amount of time is spent in buildings, railway terminals and airports, how we feel about buildings and infrastructure (BIM or not) has a major impact on health and well-being. Many reports say as much as 80-90% of our time is spent indoors.  BIM does not replace innovative design and the selection of good finishes and the ergonomics of good interior design.

Resources: pbc Today



Key demand trends affecting construction industry business

Trends affecting construction: In the world we live in today, trends and demands can change in an instant. Here are four listed successful tendencies, which may help your business.

Smart Buildings

Trends affecting construction: Decades ago, construction of a building required the contractor to consonantly redraw the engineering documents, adding to it new information. Today it is all in-house, starting from engineering itself all the way to coordinating the whole process. Moreover, modern buildings are erected with the safety issues in mind. They use state-of-art devices and sophisticated control systems in charge of arming and disarming locking mechanisms, turning the lights, ventilators, air conditions, heater and other household appliance on and off. After conquering the commercial construction market, smart building technology started paving its way to the regular homeowners, who are seeking greater sense of security and confidence. Many of proprietor, however, still rely on old ways of safeguarding themselves and their property – regular or smart locks and keys that can be easily replaced, repaired or reprogrammed by 24 hour locksmith service representatives.

BIM Modeling

The term Building Information Modeling first appeared in 1992, however it was not widely used till 2002. BIM is a digital model-based process that describes creation and management of the entire project information. For the last few years, it’s been a growing trend in the industry. BIM allows construction professionals to plan the budget more accurately and produce faster results in less time. It can be used at any time, before construction starts, during or after it.

Prefabrication and Modular Construction

Recently, prefab and modular homes have become the most favored construction tendencies, as they are space-saving, and offer quick and efficient construction methods. Both types of the home are built with prefabricated parts, however, they still differ in the method of their units’ preconstruction. In order to receive a prefab house, its separate sections and structures such as modules or panels are being prefabricated in a factory-like area, while the modular ones have to go through the pre-engineering process and then their complete modules or units can be assembled or stacked.

Energy Saving

The contractors take into account the issues related to energy consumption of the building. They also think of the impact of the erected building on the environment and the electricity grid. Many of them consider installation of the solar power panels, as well as energy recovery wheels and occupancy sensors. The solar panels absorb the sunlight and generate it into electricity, thus providing an additional source of energy. Solar panels uptake in the residential market may slow down this year though, this decline is seen to be short-lived though as providers plan for growth and retool.  They have shown to increase home premiums and help sell homes faster.  The heat wheels transfer outgoing temperature and humidity to the incoming outdoor air, while the occupancy sensors detect occupancy of a space by people in order to switch the lights, air conditioners, ventilation and heating systems on and off.

Resource: BM Magazine, Construction Dive