Last Tuesday, at the Order of Architects of Rome, there was the “Digitization&BIM” conference to talk about the digital revolution and its direct consequences on the building and construction market.
The meeting, where several industry professionals took part, allowed the participants to have a complete overview of the latest trends in the real estate market and to reflect on the enormous possibilities offered by the new digital tools. The involved protagonists, called to tell their experiences, have allowed through different interpretations, to frame the phenomenon of digitization in a wider field of application, introducing transversal themes and proposing pathways of methodological innovation.
Thanks to the timely and attentive contribution of the Arch. Lorenzo Bellicini, Technical Director of CRESME, began the debate by tackling the problems related to changes in the Italian real estate market and the new cycle of investment growth, focusing on issues such as hyper-fragmentation and hyper-concentration. The Eng. Gabriele Scicolone then presented the OICE REPORT on BIM 2017 offers, to tackle the problem of tenders for public procurement. The significant growth of the procedures involving the use of BIM in the last two years, has allowed us to make a concrete reflection. The market for services and engineering is changing, taking care not only the provisions introduced by the new Procurement Code, but also the need to optimize the methods and tools made available by the recent digital revolution. The intervention of Eng. Gianluca Pulciani, Head of Works and Special Initiatives RAI, contributed to further consideration of the Italian situation. The building heritage managed by RAI, which amounts to about 3 million cubic meters, now included in the project “Proprietary guideline” for the BIM implementation of buildings, recognizes considerable importance to the issue of management and maintenance, which is now much debated in our country. In fact, before turning to new buildings, Italy must ineluctably provide for the existing building heritage, experimenting with actions that favor its management, conservation and valorisation.
Among the most interesting topics that emerged during the afternoon debate, we should mention the one concerning the new professional figures introduced by BIM. The Arch. Fabrizio Aimar, after drawing a general picture on the situation of the old and new technical professions, provided indications on how the traditional designer should interface with the new digital tools, proposing short-medium term prospects for identifying potentials and gaps in this full ferment sector. In addition, the intervention of the Arch. Matteo Gobbi, BIM Manager of Ariatta, has allowed introducing a discussion of very recent interest. The scope of the IoT – Internet of Things. This new way of interacting with “things”, through modern and innumerable forms of connection, will allow us to monitor and control the behaviour and consumption of our objects (including those of more common use), radically changing our daily habits. As our CEO Riccardo Pagani also explains, sensors and smart objects will increasingly play a key role in the environments and spaces of the future. Through a simple wireless connection to the Internet, the objects can communicate data, aggregate information from others and create a pervasive and interconnected system directly with the BIM model. This will make it possible to optimize production processes and economic activities in real time, significantly reducing pollution and resource consumption.
As we know, from next year, digitization will necessarily enter the construction sector, with the aim of raising the quality of the projects and making the work of the operators more efficient, increasing their profitability. Therefore, the revolution of the building sector will lead to greater transparency and efficiency in the design, implementation and management of the works.
From the testimonies of the experts who took part in the conference, an important fact is highlighted. Those of architecture or engineering companies have already embraced this methodology, they are already a step ahead of those who have not yet done so. Changing the working method, simplifying the company workflow and automating processes is a radical but important step. Moreover, will allow all professionals to work more competitively. Working in the digital world means being a digital professional, able to adapt to the new and continuous challenges of the market. We are in a new era and we must learn to adapt and evolve continuously. This is why we must assimilate the BIM and make it the first possible tool for common use. From then on, everything will be easier!