Acceptance of BIM in the UK and European Countries (Part III)

Preface:

In this third and concluding part of our blog “Acceptance of BIM in the UK and European Countries”, we will talk about Building Information Modelling and its acceptance in other countries of Europe such as France, Italy, Germany, etc. In our previous articles (Acceptance of BIM in UK and European Countries: Part I and Acceptance of BIM in UK and European Countries: Part II), we had discussed the existing scenarios and acceptance of BIM Services in the UK and Scandinavian countries with the help of actual projects that were carried out using various BIM technologies such as BIM Coordination Services, Clash Detection Services, Scan to BIM Services, etc. We will now understand the acceptance of BIM in France with a project.

BIM in France

While discussing the prevalent situation and future of BIM in France, we had mentioned that way back in 2014, France had mandated that by 2018, it would construct 500,000 houses using BIM Modelling Services. One of the architectural firms that were involved in the creation of these houses shared their first-hand experience in using Architectural BIM Modelling Services for the project. The building was a 9 storeyed mixed use (residential and commercial) building; LOD 400 was used to construct the Architectural BIM model on Revit. Both, Exterior and Interior Architectural 3D models were developed. Several elements such as Furniture and fixtures, lighting, etc. were placed from the available libraries while other Parametric Revit Families were created using Revit Family Creation Services. This gave a realistic look to the interiors of the model.

Once developed, Architectural Construction Drawings were extracted as sheets from this Revit model. These drawings were directly used in the construction phase of the building. This model was also used for presentation purposes. High-resolution photorealistic images were created using 3D Rendering Services. This was then utilized as a marketing tool to sell the property. If needed, you can also create 3D Architectural Walkthrough and Animation from this 3D BIM model.

The architectural firm not only saved the time in designing but also saved cost in developing a separate model for marketing purpose. This model was then passed on to the MEP contractor for further development. The final model served as a repository for all the building-related information.

Closing

The global Building Information Modelling market is growing rapidly as BIM has been driving the technological advancements in the construction industry for the past few years. Various forecasts predict that this growth is only set to accelerate over the next few years. Technologies that can be connected over the internet have been gaining prominence in acceptance. With Cloud BIM poised to become the next technological revolution, it is imperative for companies to embrace BIM to stay relevant and competitive in the long run.

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