Industry Challenges

With annual revenues of nearly US$ 10 trillion, or about 6% of global GDP, the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry is a cornerstone of the world’s economy. It serves almost all other industries, much of whose value creation involves buildings, infrastructure facilities, and other “constructed assets”.

Unlike other industries, however, AEC has been slow to adopt new technologies and has never undergone a major transformation. Construction firms now find themselves struggling to cope with ever-larger and more complex “mega-projects”, particularly in infrastructure.
As a result, the construction industry has registered disappointing efficiency gains and its growth in labor productivity continues to lag far behind that of other industries. Substantial change is on the way, however, driven by digitalization: the development and deployment of digital technologies and processes. Construction will soon be characterized by connected systems of sensors, intelligent machines, mobile devices and new software applications -all integrated on a central platform of building information modelling (BIM). As their adoption increases, digital technologies are enabling to boost productivity, manage complexity, reduce project delays and cost overruns, and enhance safety and quality. Digitalization is expected to change the game fundamentally in AEC, not only enabling efficiency and quality gains along the value chain, but also reshuffling the competitive league table of relevant stakeholders.
Digitalization of the construction industry (and more specifically, renovation processes) is the fundamental objective of the BIMERR project, since it introduces a bundle of technologies and solutions, pervading today’s renovation processes and being applicable to all three phases of the AEC/ renovation value chain.

overview of the project

overview of the project

Bimerr Renovation 4.0 Project-Overview
In a nutshell, BIMERR is related to the Building Information Modelling (BIM) and its main target are stakeholders from the AEC (Architecture, Engineering & Construction) field. The project has the intention to design and develop a new toolkit to support renovation stakeholders during the renovation process of existing buildings, from concept to delivery.Mainly, it should comprise of various tools:
  • An automated creation of enhanced building information models
  • A renovation decision support system to aid the designer in exploring available renovation options through an the accurate estimation of renovation impact on building performance
  • A process management tool which will optimize the design and on-site construction process toward optimal coordination and minimization of renovation time and cost.
  • Finally, the project is about an interoperability framework among BIMERR tools as well as with third-party legacy ICT tools in order to enable seamless BIM creation and information exchange among AEC stakeholders in an effort to enhance the rapid adoption of BIM in the renovation of the existing building stock in the EU countries, as a start.

Objectives of BIMERR

The BIMERR project focuses on 5 main objectives:

Scope

In order to achieve its objectives, BIMERR relies upon 3 key elements:

1. Interoperability throughout the BIM ecosystem, to ensure information exchange in a semantically & syntactically coherent manner

2. Renovation process improvement, to address the key issue of lacking adequate digital models

3. Innovative renovation-support tools for end-users, to lower entry barriers for the proliferation of building renovation activities

impact

The application of BIMMER technologies in specific use-cases should demonstrate the enormous opportunities along the value chain, from early conceptual design to on-site works and post-renovation building operation. Main impacts expected to be:

1. Reduction of the renovation working time of at least 15-20% compared to current practices with the baseline defined in the proposal.

2. Acceleration of the market uptake across Europe, by speeding-up industrial exploitation, in particular amongst constructing/ renovations companies with a target of 50% of their renovation business based on BIM.

3. Creation of best practice examples for the construction retrofitting sector with benefits for the operators and associated stakeholders (architects, designers, planners, etc.).