Our digital revolution is called BIM


A French group on a global market

Saint-Gobain is a French group operating in the construction and industrial markets, with a broad portfolio of innovative solutions and through different distribution networks. Present in 67 countries, the company made € 40.8 billion in sales in 2017 and employs more than 179,000 employees around the world.

In the beginning of 2018, libraries of objects from three companies of the Saint-Gobain Group in Brazil were published on Placo, which provides complete solutions in drywall for the construction of walls, linings and internal coatings; Weber, manufacturer of quartzolit products and world leader in the production of industrialized mortars, repairs, reinforcements, concrete protection; and Brasilit, supplying solutions for coverage, water storage and industrialized construction.

BIM impacts the whole life cycle of a building

Lucile considers BIM to be a gamechanger for the whole industry, bringing a wide range of new opportunities for manufacturers.

“BIM technologies represent a real revolution in the construction industry, worldwide. They directly impact the life cycle of a building from its construction to its demolition and are changing the way we work. They also have a direct impact on the responsibilities of building product manufacturers like us”, says Lucile.

For Saint-Gobain, providing the supply chain with accurate BIM data has been a priority.

“Saint-Gobain is developing BIM objects and services in several countries to support all stages in this great transformation. The goal is for architects, builders and other players in the market to be able to experience the performance and quality of our solutions at each stage of their work.”

A BIM strategy that adds value at every stage

Even though data is crucial, Lucile stresses that BIM is not limited to the object creation and modeling.

“We are now structuring our action plan to offer objects and services that add value to the journey of each of these professionals and help them to fully benefit from BIM technologies. We want to design an offer that truly responds to the needs and expectations of each player”

The channel in which the objects are distributed and published is also a key point of a successful BIM strategy. For Saint-Gobain BIMobject was a perfect fit. Lucile says their choice of platform was motivated by BIMobject’s visibility in the Brazilian market, as well as the usability and access to performance data of the objects.

“Since the publication of our libraries, we have had a significant number of architects, civil engineers and students downloading our objects and demonstrating an interest in using our solutions for their BIM projects. We see this as a sign of good visibility of our offer on the BIMobject platform.”

Lucile says that manufacturers play a key role in encouraging the use of BIM in the construction chain. To accelerate this development, Saint-Gobain has created the first BIM Expertise Club of manufacturers, bringing together several companies to structure BIM offerings that match the needs of the market.

"Much remains to be done, which leaves plenty of room for digital innovation!“, she says.