Smart tools based on BIM – Building Information Modelling

January 2019

- June 2022

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Connectivity & Information

The initiative

The initiative uses an open source interoperable platform to develop smart BIM tools for fast and efficient renovation to buildings, while also improving their energy performance. BIM (Building Information Modelling) tools make renovation work less disruptive and more cost-efficient for companies and individuals, with renovation times 15 to 20% less than with traditional methods. A data collection and management platform will be engineered and contain all building information necessary to the parties involved in the renovation process, helping to overcome difficulties linked to no common language or common knowledge base. Data can be extracted from the platform as and when needed, from requests coming from residents, property owners, management bodies or the company carrying out the construction work or managing the building’s systems. This process will be an aid to time management and reduce errors in the design phase. Worksite daily reports and augmented reality help decision-making and asset management in both the private and public sectors. The residents will enjoy the benefit of greater energy performance, higher standards and level of comfort in the buildings.

The role of the Foundation

Fondazione Politecnico di Milano is working with Politecnico di Milano in the coordination of the initiative

Technical details

BIM4EEB – BIM based toolkit for efficient renovation in buildings – is coordinated by Politecnico di Milano together with Fondazione Politecnico di Milano. The project brings together 14 partners, among whom Regione Lombardia (the Regional Government of Lombardy) and ALER (Azienda Lombarda Edilizia Residenziale – Residential Housing Agency of Lombardy) and is financed by the European Commission under Horizon 2020.
Two public sector authorities and two general contractors will validate a toolkit to be used in social housing and private residential buildings in Finland, Italy and Poland.

First results

The first part of the project was concluded within six months. This phase consisted in defining all the elements needed to build the toolkit and setting out the specifications for an efficient BIM-based retrofit or renovation, taking in all the requirements coming from designers, construction companies, service companies, residents and owners. Part of this phase was to analyse the current set of core concepts underpinning the entire process, which contain digital representations of the various components and their interaction, in order to identify the most suitable solutions among those possible, identify what was missing and propose improvements.

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