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Future in construction sector

Future in construction sector

Nowadays when we use different “smart” tools on a daily basis, we change our perception and make our life more efficient by using appropriate software tools. The construction industry is also now undergoing the greatest transformation since the arrival of computers within other sectors. Step by step we are approaching the inevitable digitization of the construction sector using Building Information Modeling (BIM).

You have already heard about BIM, as an intelligent 3D model-based process that gives architecture, engineering, construction professionals and facility management the insight and tools to plan, design, construct and manage buildings and infrastructure more efficiently. BIM serves also investors to gain a real idea about a construction and its architectural aspects including a complex record of construction elements and materials. All requirements of an investor may be directly included and thus the whole process of a project may be more efficient. BIM serves as a shared knowledge resource for information about a facility during its life-cycle based on a cooperation of all involved professions, sharing information and coordination of particular activities.

The result is a unified virtual 3D model with defined parameters of all elements within a building object. Such model may be also considered as a 5D model when applying time and price aspects of the virtual construction. Ing. arch. Michal Pasiar, President of BIM Association Slovakia and CEO of ACREA, mentioned the main idea: "BIM is like a Matrix but with the benefits of a real world”, and he also added, "the emergence of information modeling has begun to fulfil the vision of the Matrix movie. Based on the benefits of a parallel digital world in a building environment, we take advantage of the benefits of our real world.”*

The greatest benefits of BIM in construction are irrefutably:

  • better collaboration and communication all participants in the design and construction process,
  • model-based cost estimation,
  • preconstruction project visualization,
  • reduced cost and mitigated risk,
  • safer construction sites,
  • energy efficiency.

 

BIM in Slovakia

In 2013, the BIM Association Slovakia was established as the first professional organization dedicated to promotion, popularization and the implementation of information modeling technology in Slovakia. LGP Slovakia is a member of the BIM Association Slovakia, which brings together entities that are engaged and interested in this issue.

We like to stand right at the beginning of the idea, when we can help and move it to the right direction”, said Martin Jacko, managing partner of LGP Slovakia and mentioned: “It is a challenge we like to face. We believe that this is a digital revolution in construction that will bring higher control over projects, decrease volume of mistakes in design activity, provide more flexibility to projects and bring higher transparency in contracts.”

Although the process of BIM implementation has been already initiated in Slovakia, BIM is currently used only in a limited scope within a building design phase by some projects. According to a survey carried out in 2017 by BIM Association Slovakia in cooperation with other associations and companies, the overall rate of use of BIM in Slovakia is 17% of the total number of respondents; while a further 34% of respondents are at least interested in the topic. "We believe that this will rapidly change within the next couple of years," Martin Jacko explains. As he further stated: “Being a member of the working group at the Ministry of Transport and Construction of the Slovak Republic gives us a chance to support implementation of BIM in Slovakia as much as possible.”

LGP Slovakia is a partner of BIM Conference which provides an insight into the current state of implementation in Slovakia and help to identify new challenges that BIM brings. Status of designing in BIM in Slovakia, experience of using BIM tool and much more you can find out 17th October 2019 in Bratislava. The program of the conference is already known and we believe that the new conference platform enriched with BIM Worshop and BIM Expo will bring besides the visibility of projects processed by BIM technology in Slovakia and abroad, also space for discussions of experts on the construction market.

 

Which country is the leader in BIM implementation and what are BIM legal issues? In our LGP News Magazine you can read more information about BIM on pages 30-31.

 

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* Source: Interview with Michal Pasiar in ASB magazine published 23rd October 2018.