BIM: A SUCCESS FACTOR

We consider that BIM (Building Information Modelling) is a basic value for the construction and use of buildings, and for the urban environment that is useable by all.
ARCHIMEN has been investing heavily in research for over 10 years now. One of its very first research areas was BIM. Back in 2003, we bet on BIM as an essential medium for the data - object, built and manipulated throughout the entire building cycle. At that time we created a start-up, ACTIVe3D, dedicated to the development of an internet platform for real estate technical management. Having previously won the gold medal for technical innovation in 2004 at Batimat, the company is now totally autonomous and independent of ARCHIMEN. In 2014, it was awarded the first BIM D’OR, through the intermediary of Burgundy Regional Council, for its management of real estate with a surface area of over 1 million m² in BIM mode.

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BIM MANAGEMENT SKILLS

The research services provided by ARCHIMEN are systematically performed in project mode following the BIM method. Our teams implement the tools (BIM Server, GED, Viewer, etc.) and methods that allow collaborative sharing of the digital model between the various members of the project management team.

INTERNAL METHODOLOGY

ARCHIMEN uses a BIM management guide detailing the working principles followed within the project management team (Codification, partitioning of models, links between models, convention on defining levels of detail per object, etc.). This convention is accompanied by a guide to the computing methods used (references and versions of software, exchange standard, etc.). We provide the IT support and training needed to deploy the tools and follow best practice.

PARTICIPATION IN NATIONAL AND INTERNATIONAL WORK ON BIM STANDARDISATION AND SMART BUILDING

Electronic data exchanges within the BIM process are carried out in accordance with international standards for exchange, such as the IFC standard, an ISO standard established worldwide by Building Smart International (BSI). In France, the Médiaconstruct association is the French national offshoot of BSI. It brings together the main professional organisations in the building trade and publishers of software solutions in order to promote and facilitate this digital transition with the chain of stakeholders in the construction and real estate businesses. ARCHIMEN has been heavily involved in Médiaconstruct for 10 years now, working to establish the normative and methodological developments needed to promote BIM in France.   As part of the same approach, ARCHIMEN is active within the SMART BUILDING ALLIANCE and the GA2B cluster for active building management.

TOMORROW, BIM FOR ALL

With the emergence of connected objects and the tremendous development of mobile applications on smartphones and tablets, it is easy to imagine the extraordinary service potential offered by exchanging BIM information with each user of a building, according to profile and user context. ARCHIMEN has developed a new concept of exchange which was taken up by ACTIVe3D, and this project was named winner of the government’s worldwide Innovation 2030 competition.

BIM IN DECONSTRUCTION

With the emergence of connected objects and the tremendous development of mobile applications on smartphones and tablets, it is easy to imagine the extraordinary service potential offered by exchanging BIM information with each user of a building, according to profile and user context. ARCHIMEN has developed a new concept of exchange which was taken up by ACTIVe3D, and this project was named winner of the government’s worldwide Innovation 2030 competition. HISER : European Project H2020 Holistic Innovative Solutions for an Efficient Recycling and Recovery of Valuable Raw Materials from Complex Construction and Demolition Waste (HISER) project is co-financed in the framework of the biggest EU Research and Innovation Programme - Horizon 2020. The HISER project is an answer to European challenges that have been identified in the construction and demolition sector, such as :
  • the need to move towards highly efficient paradigms of recovery of valuable raw materials in priority waste streams within the EU28,
  • the need for progress in novel recycling technologies for complex construction and demolition waste,
  • the need for novel solutions stimulating selective sorting at source of materials arising from demolition and refurbishment works
In this context, ARCHIMEN’s expertise is being called upon to help find and experiment with novel methods of qualifying and quantifying waste, based on the BIM used during the demolition phases. (www.hiserproject.eu)  
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