AECCafe Weekly Review April 27th, 2017

Despite the widespread adoption of BIM tools among design professionals, the AEC industry is still in many ways at the surface of the true benefits BIM platforms can offer.

“BIM should not be seen as just a way to do a beautiful 3D image from the project, but as a tool for true collaboration that should be the industry standard,” commented Jonathan Riondet, AEC industry solution technical director for Dassault Systèmes, during a recent presentation at BIM World.

click-to-tweetClick to Tweet: “#BIM is not just for beautiful 3D imagery—
it’s a tool for true collaboration” @jonathanriondet

Riondet explained that interoperability—across trades and data platforms—is key in realizing the great collaborative power of this data tool.

JONATHAN RIONDET, Director of AEC Solutions

“The collaborative BIM platform brings new services for all” – JONATHAN RIONDET, Director of AEC Solutions, Dassault Systèmes

Collaboration Across Silos

Riondet pointed to the power of BIM to break down the silos between AEC parties, and the operations team. Integration of information across all parties from the conception of the project through its completion helps contractors, as well as owners, ensure that what they want is what is built.

Collaboration helps with these functions:


To increase productivity, the construction industry benefits from a platform that allows these various parties to manage different level of detail. For instance, the 3DEXPERIENCE solution can move from a concept model to a fabrication level of detail that can be built by a machine or through 3D printing. It’s a capability that Dassault Systèmes picked up from the manufacturing industry, where design and manufacturing components work more fluidly together than in the AEC industry.


Truly collaborative BIM models also help with project phasing, or 4D planning. BIM delivers its highest value when it can improve scheduling, but this demands real-time insight as to where each component is. Riondet notes that the 3DEXPERIENCE solution can go beyond the 4D construction planning, into the final assembly and delivery. In the end, the manager onsite can use his tablet to track pieces ready for installation.


Riondet pointed out that 70% to 80% of the return on investment from BIM will happen during the operation phase, so it is critical to extend BIM solutions to operation phase today.

click-to-tweetClick to Tweet: “Collaboration improves fabrication,
construction & operations” @jonathanriondet

Achieving BIM Level 3

To get the greatest collaborative value from BIM, Riondet said, all parties need to be working within a platform where the digital mockup reflects changes as they happen.

At BIM Level 2, everyone has a BIM model, but there is no true coordination. By going to the next level, data on architecture, structural, MEP systems, and more can be consolidated into a single view.

BIM Maturity Model, Updated

Using a platform that presents a single source of truth provides full traceability for all changes and ensures that materials go up quickly, and accurately, in the field.

Of course, it is also valuable to be able to manage access to certain information, so that various subcontractors are able to see design data only within a certain context.

Collaboration Across Data Platforms

Riondet emphasized that the “I” in BIM is very important: Information includes numerous attributes that can be attached to an element within a model.

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very important” @jonathanriondet

For a door, for example, this might be the geometry, but could also be information about which way it swings open. All this information needs to be verified for accuracy and, in the past, this posed a problem.

Realistically, not every company is on the same platform, so the 3DEXPERIENCE system puts a priority on communication across a variety of tools. It is able to support a range of data platforms, from STEP to IGES. But interoperability must extend beyond exchanging IFC, Riondet said.

It’s important that no matter what form of data is input, a change in one area is reflected throughout the entire model.

Riondet worked with SHoP Architects on a recent project where they were integrating the structural frame of a model, made with CATIA, with an MEP system added to the platform in a STEP format. Despite the differences in programming, the designers could run a clash analysis, and fix conflicts before assembly began.

click-to-tweetClick to Tweet: Leveraging the Full Value of
#BIM’s Interoperability Potential

Related Resources

WHITEPAPER: End-To-End Collaboration Enabled by BIM Level 3: An Architecture, Engineering & Construction Industry Solution Based on Manufacturing Best Practices

Process planning with BIM. Watch how CadMakers simulated a project vs the actual time-lapse video of the project as it was built:

Marty Chobot, vice president of Marketing for Invicara spoke with AECCafe Voice about the latest BIM Assure 1.2 release.

Configurable report templates let users export model data to Excel for review or further analysis. Data slices and related element data reports help users get the right data for the right elements in a very familiar and easy-to-use format.

AIA Conference on Architecture 2017
April 24, 2017  by Mary Moscarello

Virtual Reality in Focus

We at GRAPHISOFT North America are super excited to bring our award-winning app, BIMx with new virtual reality (VR) capabilities via Google Cardboard to the AIA Conference on Architecture. During the course of the conference, we expect to give away more than 300 viewers to help demonstrate the simplicity and communication power of ARCHICAD BIM models in VR.

You may already know that ARCHICAD outputs the most amazing, fully detailed models. Wait until you see that enhanced with the power of BIMx and Google Cardboard! It is a fun and affordable way to bring VR to your clients, share with project team members and wow your stakeholders on projects of any size.

Coming Attractions

Our customers are going to get a sneak preview of the most wanted, intuitive and in-demand features coming in the next version of our BIM software at our annual Customer Appreciation Breakfast. If you want to join us; please RSVP ASAP

Power User Presentation

We are extremely happy to let you know that Richard Crowe, AIA, principal of Florida-based GRC Architects, will present Small Firms, Big Projects Powered by BIM on Saturday 4/29 11a-12p (EX108). This session focuses on a couple of unique case studies that highlight how GRC uses BIM to win and manage big projects with ARCHICAD. Featured projects include the LEED Gold Academic Villages Phase II at the University of Central Florida project, and the Deviney and Dorman Halls at Florida State University, LEED Silver-pending. The attendees will get a snap-shot into cutting-edge BIM benefits including the level of detailing strategies, accessing construction documentation, and model sharing, throughout the design process.

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