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BIM Event of the Year; BIMCITY Plaza Event 2015

 

BIMCITY Plaza Event was a special opportunity for demonstration of BIM solutions, workflow, uses, and their benefits throughout a large-scale BIM pilot project. In this event the process and uses of Building Information Modeling demonstrated as a smart solution to the AEC industry. The uses have been addressed for project and construction management, architectural development, collision detection, visualizations, simulations, and facility/asset management. In addition to demonstration of the BIM workflow and the pilot project, 3 sessions of intellectual presentations took place at speakers’ corner about BIM software solutions, BIM workflow, and BIM management techniques.

BIMCITY is name of a pilot project, consists of BIM modeling of the main exhibition area of SCEWC 2015 by means of all permanent building elements of expo building facilities in addition to around 440 exhibition stands of different exhibitors. This project is realized throughout integration of many European BIM tools towards a real sense of the OPEN-BIM agenda, such as GRAPHISOFT ArchiCAD, BIMserver, BIMcloud, BIMx, Solibri Model Checker, Abvent Twinmotion, and KUBUS BIMcollab.

Process of realization: 

1- Data Aggregation

We collect data related to Fira Building (Main exhibition hall and building facilities) from many different sources, and by integrating them all together we created a BIM model that is not just a 3D visualization, but a database too. 

2- Simulations

We run a series of simulations on the validity of different designs and space organization of exhibition areas. Not just the buildings, but all the exhibition stands are re-modeled in BIM to simulate the accuracy and management of the final space of the event.

3- Collaboration 

Based on simulation results, we communicated with different departments of SCEWC to exchange information, where a series of reports were submitted to the organization committee during the process of managing and building the exhibition area.

4- Our Smart Building Database is ready. The BIM model will act as clusters of data to be connected and simulated within other databases to achieve a smart building network to be used as a database of information for smart cities agendas. 

This fifth edition of the Smart City summit has closed with the best figures yet, including the highest numbers of visitors (more than 14000) and exhibitors (more than 440) from around the world. This cements the Smart City Expo World Congress as the leading international event for urban innovation.

About SIMBIM

SIMBIM Solutions is one of the first pioneering and innovative BIM consultancy firms in Spain. In September 2013, SIMBIM as an innovative startup project received a certificate of feasibility from the municipality of Barcelona (Barcelona Activa) by means of an innovative and creative business model, identified target, and core business expertise. In 2014 SIMBIM was selected as part of Smart Catalonia by the Catalonian government, which enabled SIMBIM to represent creative BIM solutions to the AEC industry through the Smart City Expo 2014. 

To enable the use of the highest potential tool in the industry, SIMBIM proudly represents and distributes products of GRAPHISOFT (a pioneering BIM software developer company since 1984) in the northeast region of Spain, which is empowered by an innovative and smart team of young BIM consultants to promote a real sense of OPEN-BIM implementation into industry. Starting from 2015, SIMBIM also collaborates with BIM Commission at Ministrio de Fomento via contribution in 3 working groups (strategy, people, process) of the commission. Corresponding to innovative activities of SIMBIM’s R&D department, SIMBIM Solutions became the official local partner of Smart City Expo World Congress, which is currently responsible for organizing the BIMCITY plaza event at the annual World Congress and Expo. Relatively, the R&D department focuses on BIM solutions to address the real needs and necessities of architecture and planning challenges. Currently SIMBIM investigates integration possibilities of City Information Modeling and Urban Interventions throughout BIM solutions, such as development of methodologies for life cycle cost analysis for determining accurate investment values in urban projects. 

SIMBIM is always searching for new challenges and focusing on issues that are usually hidden from the surface. SIMBIM’s innovative team concentrates all their efforts to lead BIM’s paradigm in the Spanish AEC industry, to accelerate and facilitate BIM adaptation into public and private sectors to address the nD operations in an efficient AEC industry or our future smart cities.

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