The building industry of the future will work through BIM
Date:December 23, 2016
Today the integrated and circular approach governs the new mindset in all the various areas of the construction industry: production, choice of materials, design, the construction site, the use and maintenance of a building, and its end-of-life cycle. Constant reference is being made to life cycle, integration of information, overall organisation and management: the very same CE marking for construction products will soon require sustainability impact analysis, according to LCA (Life Cycle Assessment) models; circular economy has landed on many desks and is currently being discussed; while digitalization and BIM “Building Information Modeling” methodology are at the core of every debate within the industry.
In order to illustrate the state of the art of BIM in Italy, the legislative improvements made so far, the R&D department and its real applications, on Wednesday January 18th 2017, at Confindustria Ceramica, there will be the conference: “BIM for a developed building industry”, which will see the participation of Alfonso Panzani, Angelo Ciribini from the University of Brescia, Alberto Pavan and Giuseppe Di Giuda from the Polytechnic University of Milan, and Vito Sirago from Arub.it
The Legislative Decree No. 50/2016, that is the New Code of Public Contracts, which entered into force on 18 April 2016, introduced (for the first time in our country) into a legislative framework the use of electrical and information modeling for the building industry and infrastructure (Building Information Modeling, c.d. BIM), on a voluntary basis. It is now up to Italy to seize this great opportunity of innovation through co-operative and interoperable models, able to really support the economic relaunch of the construction industry both because they have proved to be cost and time effective, and because of the customers response and satisfaction received. The real challenge is indeed to have the whole process focused on home-living, creating a qualified and aware demand which will be the tangible added value of digitalization.
The construction industry is therefore moving towards digitalization, helped by the commitment of the Italian Organization for Standardization UNI subgroup “Codification of products and of building processes in construction” which has been working for a few years on the matter, starting with crucial interaction with partners of the program for industrial innovation INNOVance (total budget: 13.8 million euros) co-financed by the Ministry of Economic Development – MISE. ANDIL too, industrial partner of INNOVance, together with association members, has been working to create and promote the web portal which is the BIM prototype platform. INNOVance’s main achievement has been the creation of the first Italian digital platform for construction: a “purchase centre for products (BIM procurement); a bookshelf providing technical solutions as a guarantee for quality of result (BIM library); an interactive archive for the P.A., for a transparent information management of projects, contracts and works (BIM and GIS servers). From “Bricks” to “Town”, a single “Platform” for an efficient and effective management of territory and of works, to enhance transparency, the industry relaunch, and the innovation and internationalisation of Italian businesses and products throughout the world.”