bim in spain

After UK now BIM mandate in Spain by 2018

bim in spain

The national BIM strategy of Spain is launched at a meeting at Spain’s Ministry of Infrastructure this week. The compulsory BIM requirements on public sector projects are expected to include in this strategy. No firm has yet been agreed for the onset of BIM as a legal requirement. But discussions will focus on a phased mandate for various sectors with a possible beginning point of 2018.

Ana Pastor, Sapin’s minister of public works convened the meeting and he established a BIM steering committee. Representatives of public sector bodies, infrastructure owners, national ministers and private contractors and consultants are included in this committee.

As per the press release from the ministry, the purposes of this commission are the following.

»  Promotion of BIM implementation in the Spanish construction industry
»  Promotion of BIM use throughout the lifecycle of infrastructure
»  Creation of public administration awareness in establishing BIM requirements in tenders for infrastructure
»  Establishment of a timetable to adapt the rules to the widespread use of BIM
»  Development of national standards to facilitate BIM use
»  Creation of homogeneous academic training map of BIM methodology in Spain

Five task groups will be set up by the steering committee. International liaison task group is the first one among them and it’s aim is to align Spain’s work on BIM with other nearby countries in the EU. It will also establish connection with South American countries, which have cultural similarities with Spain. Dealing with strategies, technologies, people and process are the responsibilities of other four groups.

Ineco, a consultant on major transport infrastructure projects such as airports, roads, high speed rail and ports etc., is included in the meeting on Tuesday. Ineco’s Sergio Munoz Gomez, President of the Spanish chapter BuildingSmart, suggested a BIM mandate in Spain implementation date of 2018, but it is just a proposal. According to him, the most appropriate dates should be decided only after discussion. Different dates should be distinguished for residential construction, infrastructure and building depending on the maturity in various sectors.

Deputy Director in Ineco’s civil engineering department, Jorge Torrico Liz, said that the level of BIM should be defined, even though it would be similar to the British Level 2. Other interesting task is to align definitions around Europe.

Even though big construction companies have engaged in other markets in BIM, there are many small companies, who think about investing in new methodologies and it is the task of the committee to convince them.

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Autodesk ForceEffect for iOS : Interactive force diagrams

Yesterday, I installed a new (and currently free) app from Autodesk onto my iPhone, called Autodesk ForceEffect(check it out in the App Store).

With this app, you can draw a 2D schematic of beams, nodes and forces. It will allow you to quickly assess the reacting forces into a structure. The examples included with the app also show you that a photograph can be used as an underlay, to sketch on top of them, e.g. to check a structure in the field.



Autodesk ForceEffect
Autodesk ForceEffect

While the iPhone screen is quite small for my not-too-small fingers, it works quite handy: there are automatic guidelines that constrain the direction and alignment of nodes you draw. You can switch units between metric and imperial and use gestures for scaling (pinch), panning (two finger swipe) and editing (single touch). Moreover, while it is hard to sketch an exact size for a truss, you can fix the length be entering the exact value on the dimension line and this will be enforces, even when you start moving nodes around.

Autodesk ForceEffect
Autodesk ForceEffect

Click on a truss, and you get the acting forces (in color, with direction to show pressure or tension).

You can generate a report, which could be used to help you enter the exact nodes and sizes and forces in a FEA software afterwards, when you want to go a step further.


This is exactly the type of app I would have loved while being an architectural engineering student, quite some years ago. It’s intuitive, interactive and free (for the moment?). You’ll need an iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to be able to use the software, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they will port it to other devices in the near future as well.

building information modeling

Top 10 Benefits of BIM

BIM Building information modeling abbreviated as BIM, is an evolved process that helps creation and management of all the information – ‘physical and functional’ pertaining to the design,construction and management of a building.

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BIM ( Building Information Modeling ) is being increasingly used for building and construction projects due to the high business value it offers. It has garnered huge popularity and acceptance across the AEC industry and is used for management of several large scale construction projects across the world. The acceptance of BIM in building and construction projects was not smooth and easy; there were lot of apprehensions across the industry. However, with proven benefits, BIM managed to gain acceptance.
Here we elaborate why…

  1. Visual access to building information:  Building Information Modeling is actually a 3D model loaded with all the information like quantity take offs, MEP design details, cost details, project schedules and many more. All this information is available in a visual format. For example – as schedule progresses, it is also possible to view the simultaneously accrued costs.
  2. Helps schedule the construction process:   The information about the construction schedules is fed into BIM and it can be visualized as a process. As the schedules i.e. the construction process progresses, the use of materials, the accrued costs, the productivity of labor etc all can be evaluated and hence projects can be planned in a better manner.
  3. Enables easy conflict resolutions:   Any kind of conflicts in the design can be easily detected in a BIM environment. This is because of the effective visualization. If the MEP design conflicts with the structural design, then this conflict can be easily viewed in BI model, when the MEP and structural information is fed into it. On detection, these clashes can be immediately addressed and mitigated.
  4. Helps manage the involved costs:   Building Information Modeling allows effective and near to accurate cost estimation at every stage of construction process. Besides all the conflicts are mitigated early on and hence, any possibility of rework or unnecessary expenditures is negated. Therefore, BIM ensures that the capital is used in the most prudent and efficient manner.
  5. Supports lean construction:   Building Information Modeling allows continuous and concurrent improvements across all the dimensions of a built environment and a construction process, in terms of design, construction, energy efficiency, maintenance and recycling. Hence utilizing the minimum resources, minimum materials, minimum labor and by adopting the best planning and management practices highest value is generated.
  6. Allows improved coordination and better management:   All the people involved in a construction project i.e. architect, builder, construction manager, MEP engineer, Structural engineer, etc; remain updated about even the smallest change in the building design through the BI model. This allows better coordination between teams and hence better management.
  7. Supports detailed documentation across the buildings lifecycle:   Building Information Modeling doubles up as detailed documentation for a building and construction project. As mentioned in the previous point, the ‘I’ in BIM is very important. The model can store all information right down to the scratch.
  8. BIM can be leveraged for sustainability   Using BIM as an integral part of the design process, the aspect of energy efficiency, waste management and water management and hence sustainability can be efficiently integrated into a building design.
  9. Repair, renovation and refurbishment becomes easy:   BIM is the most effective tool for retrofit and renovation projects. This is because of the ‘I’ in BIM. The model has all the information about the construction project, any renovation and repair work can be planned surrounding this information.
  10. Enables effective facility management:  When integrated with a computer aided maintenance management system, BIM allows effective management of a facility. After the building is built and occupied, there can still be a lot of conflicts due to the changing spatial requirements. These can be efficiently handled by using Building Information Modeling as an operations and maintenance tool.

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