Last November on the 28th and 29th, the start of “BIMtour – join the BIM ecosystem” took place in Gijón. The BIM ecosystem is aimed at different groups involved in the development of urban planning and the construction of the future: administrations, professional associations, construction companies, providers, and universities.

The conference offered attendees a broad and didactic vision of the reality of BIM, decisions on its progressive implementation at a national and international level, the interoperability of its platforms and applications, and use in local administrations, heritage assets and cultural intelligence. The event focused on the common data environment, the management of large infrastructures and particular projects, and the cost savings during the building life cycle. The goal was to explore the ability to plan, modify, budget, and make the construction environment more efficient and sustainable.


After the inauguration by promoters of the conference, Gijón City Council , BIM Academy and the ITCIP,  Julio López  (INECO) presented the key factors that are crucial to the national implementation of the mandatory contract, focusing on the building and infrastructure field.  He explained the activities of the Commission es.BIM which aims to increase the capacity of the industry, develop a collaborative framework, communicate the vision, and promote communities through public leadership. He commented on the 12 pilot projects promoted by the DGAVS and DGC, the requirements of BIM, and whether or not we are ready for its implementation.  The increasing number of bids with BIM requirements follows from Obsevatorio es.BIM, with more than 580 million euros in buildings and infrastructures, as well as the progressive request of BIM requirements in public tenders in their presentation of plans, execution of plans, of deliverables, and in the valuation and technical solvency of the bidders.


Javier Alonso  (Atanga) presented “The State of BIM in the European Commission: norms, standards and transposition to Spain” and defined a roadmap with the following phases:

  • Establishment of the strategy to reach a certain level of maturity, which will be increased progressively (soft landing) avoiding major changes that could cause damage to the sector.
  • Promote the use of BIM in the professional and teaching field.
  • Positioning Spain as a world reference in the use of BIM.
  • Represent Spain in the different international forums.
  • Promotion of innovation in the infrastructure sector.
  • Analysis of the best practices carried out by the most successful international initiatives.
  • Establishment of the roadmap and the implementation calendar.

He also commented on the definition levels and outlined the applicable CEN, UNE and ISO quality standards.

Ignasi Pérez Arnal  (BIM Academy) presented the current problems in the Construction Sector as well as productivity versus industrialisation. He commented on the problem for technicians, the mandatory BIM that will be implemented shortly, and its adoption. Arnau presented “Little BIM” as the solution to make the move to BIM efficiently. He talked about the positive and negative aspects of BIM, specifically focusing on what we should do from now on without forgetting the “Roadmap to implement the BIM”.

In addition to this, he shared examples of administrations as advanced as ones in Great Britain, France, Holland, Germany, Italy and Chile that are incorporating BIM with clear political intentions. “As a member of  EUBIM Observatory , a detailed monitoring of the evolution in the European states is being made,” he said.
Arnau highlighted the White Paper of the Generalitat de Catalunya , which declares the position of Iñigo de la Serna, former Minister of Development, and the advances of European Parliament in the matter. Finally, he focused on the dates of December 17, 2018, when it will be mandatory for the Development Group to tender with BIM models in construction, and July 26, 2019, when the mandate to tender with BIM models in infrastructure will be implemented.
José Javier Gallardo,  architect of the Zaragoza City Council, presented the process of incorporating BIM in local administrations. The Urbanism Department, with two hundred employees, is progressively applying BIM and particular projects are being developed. A “Master Plan for the Implementation of the BIM Methodology at the Town Hall” has been designed, with extensive field work, which carries out a phased implementation process, giving definitions of workflows, processes, functions and roles as well as a training itinerary. Gallardo commented on the economic, maintenance and functional sustainability of the projects, and explained several cases such as the pavilion of the Expo and the Neuropsychiatric Hospital of Zaragoza, which, with its construction using BIM, is receiving a high level of international interest.
Rafael Hayas’ presentation was on BIM in the various stakeholder segments involved. For public administrations, Hayas dismantled the myths about BIM. In doing this, he exposed the process of evolution since 1974 and defined the objectives until 2020. He spoke of BIM uses in document coordination and coherence, the rendering of presentations, cost control, coordination with MEP disciplines and structures, the collision detection, and model checking. Hayas indicated that “the use of BIM saves money, although we should carefully study the part of real savings and that is only a decrease in budget deviations due to better drafted projects (and with a higher PEM).” For administrations, he recalled the problem of resistance, change, the necessary training process and the cost of implementation.
Alberto Armisen  ( PetroBIM ), a specialist in historical heritage management, highlighted the use of BIM for research and conservation of historical monuments. Generating a history of actions and visualizing the evolution creates the possibility of being able to substantially improve the way in which buildings are conserved using different platforms and tools. Armisen presented the case of the church of San Pedro de Peñalba in León with a video showcasing BIM’s contribution to its works.  “We turn a set of trades that walk in a dispersed way into a Real, Creative and Orderly Cultural Industry that benefits, among other things, promoting a Cultural Tourism that has been demanding so much “, he said, in his presentation.
Roberto Natale  (ACCA Software) commented on the digital model and collaborative platform for BIM Management as an example of Immersive Virtual Reality. He presented the Online Collaborative Platform for BIM Management based on a Common Data Environment (CDE), Process Management and Control (WorkFlow), and Online Services with access from the browser. Natale also presented El BIM as a new business opportunity, using the digitization example of an Italian construction company as a case study. He explained the change of a company at the end of the process, the activities to be digitized and implemented, and the improvements in design, interoperability, visualization, management, and maintenance.
Jesús Moracho  (ARUP) focused on the use of BIM in installations of particular projects where it is applied to Structures, Infrastructures, Geotechnics, Fire Safety, Transport and Logistics, Facades, Sustainability, Acoustics, Urbanism, Project Management and Lighting. Moracho defined the steps for the implementation, the choice of software and the organization. He also detailed the way in which management, development, facility design and coordination should be done. Finally, he presented several success stories concerning hospitals, industrial companies, urban monumental works, universities, parks and sports stadiums.
Ferrán Bermejo ( ITeC ) commented on the standardization and digital control of project management in multiplatform BIM environments, from modelling to budgeting, planning and certification of works. He made several recommendations to join BIM with agility and economic use of resources:
  • Learn the essentials;
  • Use multiplatform tools;
  • Flexibility and interoperability;
  • Do not create unnecessary dependencies;
  • Economy of Software and hardware resources.

In addition to this, Bermejo presented the ITec tools for BIM work environments: BEDEC, TCQ and eCOB.


Manuel Álvarez de Piquer  ( ISTRAM ) focused on linear infrastructure where the use of BIM saves costs, improves productivity and efficiency of operations, increases the quality of infrastructure and improves environmental performance.  He showed integral solutions for civil engineering and presented in detail the IFC as a fundamental standard in the projects.

Pep Coll  (IPMA) spoke of QWIKCOST software and how BIM5D can improve construction budgets.  The problems this software can help overcome include:  project quantity survey efficiency; unproductivity and lack of quality; incapacity to provide quick and reliable information; incapacity to react to design changes; incapacity to justify budget modifications; incapacity to translate feedback to design or management teams when deviations are detected; incapacity to analyse the evolution of the project and to make justified decisions; and an incapacity to reuse the work done in previous projects or lessons learned.   QWIKCOST works in accordance with REVIT and IFC.


Nicola Paltrinieri (Pinearq ),  in his presentation of a hospital project, spoke of how BIM and the common data environment can be applied to the following stages:

Definition of objectives and strategies

  • Purpose of BIM
  • Organization of work to reach the objective
  • BEP Drafting (BIM Execution Plan)
  • Project description
  • Objectives and strategies
  • Matrix of responsibilities
  • Definition of CDE (Common Data Environment)
  • File and folder management
  • LOD / LOI and project phases
  • Data management
  • BIM 4-5-6 Dimensions…
  • Modelling and data
  • Completion of phases

Paltrineri spoke about case studies from projects in Italy, Riyadh and Barcelona that demonstrated the importance of data in the development of BIM.


Raúl Boldu (ACCIONA) linked BIM with Facility Management and presented the catalogue of services offered as well as the objectives, the different capture methods, the services with RPA, RC to BIM (Reverse Engineering), BIM for Facility Management (BIMtoFM) and Additive Manufacturing (3D Printing). Finally, he commented on some of the projects carried out using BIM.


The BIMtour days will be repeated in 2019 in different locations with the aim of extending BIM culture and supporting innovation as well as the use of technologies in the world of construction.

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