Democratizing BIM-BuildingSMART Spain at BILT Europe

Sergio Muñoz
Chair of buildingSMART Spain
President of the Spanish standardisation committee about BIM, UNE CT41/SC13

Two years ago, I was in Valencia supporting the Digital Built Environment Institute team to prepare for the BILT EUROPE event, when the pandemic and lockdown arrived. 

During these two years we have lost family, friends, and our lives have been filled with restrictions. But after the storm, there is always a calm, and two years later, we see the light at the end of the tunnel thanks to the resilience and the ability of humans to adapt to change. 

However, it must be said that this period has been very productive and there have been many advances related to the BIM methodology that have allowed the level of maturity to increase at an international level: 

· The BIM Mandate, or in other words, the mandatory requirement of BIM in public tenders, has spread to many countries, such as Lithuania, Peru or Brazil. 
· The ISO 19650 standard for information management has been adopted globally, and many contractors, Engineering and architectural firms are adapting their processes and are being certified, which is appreciated by clients. 
· Tools have been improved significantly, especially in terms of facilitating collaboration between all stakeholders. 

On the other hand, buildingSMART International, the worldwide industry body driving the digital transformation of the built asset industry through open standards, has exploited this period to consolidate existing standards, and to develop new ones:

· The new version of the IFC schema, IFC 4.3 for different infrastructure domains (rail, road, bridges and seaports), including a renovated look and feel.
· buildingSMART Data Dictionary, capable of integrating different languages and classification systems and mapping them to the IFC schema.
· Uses Cases Management Service, which enables the capture, specification, and exchange of best practices, making them accessible to the whole sector. 

In addition to this work carried out by buildingSMART International, it is worth highlighting the work of its different chapters, which have been dedicated to bringing the application of these standards closer to users, in order to democratize the use of BIM methodology based on collaboration and standardisation.

For example, the community that forms buildingSMART Spain has developed a set of practical guides (in Spanish, Catalan and Italian) that assist users in the application of open standards: use of ISO 19650, naming code for information containers, information exchange through IFC or issues management through BCF. 

And although we have taken advantage of technological capabilities to share this knowledge through webinars, now it’s time to do it in the best way possible, in person, face to face. So that we can learn from each other, so that we can establish ways of collaboration, we can consolidate the BIM community and why not, so that we can also enjoy life. Tempus fugit! 

For this reason, from buildingSMART Spain we invite you to attend and participate in BILT EUR next November 14-16, Valencia. An event that brings together many leaders who want to share what they have learned these two years. 

And there, we will be able to show you our vision of digital transformation through open standards, we will be able to exchange opinions and points of view, and you will be able to tell us what you expect from an organisation like ours, so that our next projects can be useful to you on this path. 

See you in Valencia! 

Vuelta al cole! 

Hace dos años estaba en Valencia ayudando al equipo de Digital Built Environment Institute a preparar BILT EUR cuando llegó la pandemia y el confinamiento. 

Durante estos dos años hemos perdido familiares, amigos, y nuestra vida se ha llenado de restricciones. Pero después de la tormenta, siempre llega la calma, y dos años después, ya vemos la luz al final del túnel, gracias a la resiliencia y a la capacidad de los humanos de adaptarse al cambio. 

Sin embargo, cabe decir que este periodo ha sido muy productivo y han sido muchos los avances relacionados con la metodología BIM que han permitido que aumente el nivel de madurez a nivel internacional: 

· El Mandato BIM, o lo que es lo mismo, la obligatoriedad de requerir BIM en proyectos públicos se ha extendido a muchos países, como por ejemplo Lituania, Perú o Brasil. 
· La serie de normas ISO 19650 de gestión de la información ha sido adoptada en muchos países, y cada vez son más las constructoras e ingenierías que, no solo la implementan, sino que también se certifican, algo que es valorado por los clientes. 
· Las herramientas han mejorado sensiblemente, sobre todo facilitando la colaboración entre todos los agentes. 

También buildingSMART International, el organismo internacional que impulsa la transformación digital del sector de la industria de la construcción a través de estándares abiertos, ha aprovechado este periodo para consolidar los estándares existentes, y para desarrollar otros nuevos:

· La nueva versión del esquema de IFC, IFC 4.3 para diferentes dominios de infraestructuras, incluyendo una renovada imagen de la web de consulta.
· buildingSMART Data Dictionary, capaz de integrar diferentes idiomas y sistemas de clasificación y mapearlos al esquema de IFC.
· Uses Cases Management Service, que permite recoger, definir e intercambiar las mejores prácticas, para hacerlas accesibles a todo el sector. 

A esta labor desarrollada por buildingSMART International, cabe añadir la llevada a cabo por los diferentes chapters, que nos hemos dedicado a acercar a los usuarios la aplicación de estos estándares, para, de este modo, democratizar el uso de la metodología BIM basada en la colaboración y la estandarización.

Por ejemplo, la comunidad que forma buildingSMART Spain ha desarrollado un conjunto de guías prácticas (en español, catalán e italiano) que acompañan a los usuarios en la aplicación de los estándares abiertos: uso de la ISO 19650, sistema de nomenclatura para los contenedores de información, intercambio de información mediante IFC o gestión de incidencias mediante BCF. 

Y aunque hemos aprovechado las capacidades tecnológicas para compartir este conocimiento a través de webinars, ha llegado el momento de hacerlo de la mejor forma que puede hacerse, en persona, cara a cara. Para así poder aprender unos de otros, para poder establecer vías de colaboración, consolidar la comunidad BIM y por qué no, también para poder disfrutar de la vida. Tempus fugit! 

Por esto, desde buildingSMART Spain os invitamos a asistir y participar en BILT EUR en Valencia. Un evento en el que se dan cita muchos referentes que precisamente quieren compartir lo que han aprendido estos dos años. 

Y allí, podremos mostraros nuestra visión sobre la transformación digital a través de estándares abiertos, podremos intercambiar opiniones y puntos de vista, y podréis decirnos qué esperáis de una organización como la nuestra, para que nuestros próximos proyectos os sean de utilidad en este camino. 

Nos vemos en Valencia! 

Sergio Muñoz, es el chair de buildingSMART Spain y presidente del comité español de normalización sobre BIM UNE CT41/SC13.

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