“BIM is not a risk, but an opportunity”: Bouygues talk their BIM prowess

Logo Credit: Bouygues Construction
Logo Credit: Bouygues Construction

French contractors Bouygues Construction have published a short Q&A on their official website, explaining their relevance in the world of Building Information Modelling. With a BIM journey that spans back to 2007, Bouygues are one of the world’s leading firms when it comes to implementing the technological process, with reasons such as “greater on-site work efficiency and improved relationships of trust” with their clients as to why they are leading the pack.

Take a look at their responses to some relevant questions posed to Open Innovation and Sustainable Construction Director, Trino Beltran below.

On the progress they have made since 2007:

“We began to consider BIM very early, back in 2007, and we started to employ it in our projects in 2009, using digital modelling to entirely complete a project for the first time: Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgery Centre in Surrey, Canada. We developed BIM concurrently with our Anglo-Saxon competitors, who are on the cutting edge in this area and ahead of French players in the construction industry. Today, we are in the process of extending Level 2 BIM — or collaborative digital modelling — to all of our businesses. We’re planning ahead around possible market changes: if there are not yet any regulations in France, by 2016 all public buildings in the United Kingdom should be delivered using BIM; a European directive is in the process of being drafted for 2017, and Singapore has already taken the leap. Our objective is to develop the right tool based on the demand, the means, and the partnerships that have been established. BIM is not a risk, but an opportunity. It offers the chance to affirm the relevance of French building companies and their network of partners.”

On the next hurdle they most cross to stay ahead:

“The eventual goal is to achieve Open BIM, a means of exchanging information regardless of the software used. This requires creating a common language for the various tools available on the market, a language capable of translating and aggregating all of the information produced by each partner. We are actively supporting the creation of such a tool, and we have furthermore contributed to developing the AFNOR standard establishing a single code for all aspects of construction that may be integrated with digital modelling. We also need to consider the other side of this approach and find a means of extracting the information needed for suppliers and partners who are unable to obtain or use such software. In Open BIM, we will need to meet all players at their level.”

To read an additional question on the day-to-day advantages of working with BIM, click here to read the interview in full.

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