On 28 and 29 March, Paris is hosting the 4th BIM World and Bouygues Construction will once again be a partner of the event. During the conference, Christophe Moreau, Business Modernisation Director, will provide his insight regarding this strategic challenge for the construction and civil engineering sector and offer some advice for joining the revolution!
into the future! "
1. In what way does BIM mark a revolution?
In its collaborative stage, BIM is revolutionary because it fosters work between project players by going
• from an iterative sequential model in which players can only optimise their own production on the basis of options inherited from upstream phases,
• to an organised collaborative model in which it is possible to mobilise the right players and get them to agree at the right time on the right topic.
There are major spin-offs for the profession: cost-cutting, enhancing the quality of structures and the construction process and digitizing the sector. Above and beyond new technical learning, collaborative BIM requires cultural changes:
• adopting new work models
• thinking about the needs of downstream players in the structure’s life cycle
• developing relations between players to enhance mutual trust.
2. What is Bouygues Construction’s ambition?
If our ambition is to be one of the leading constructors applying digital transformation, today our 2 essential challenges where BIM is concerned are to help us:
• enhance the safety, quality and competitive edge of our projects;
• improve the way the growing complexity of our works is managed.
This is why we are developing use of collaborative BIM across all our business lines, operational bases and projects.
Ambition is not, however, all – there is also corporate culture. For us, carrying out a project using BIM is first of all, by talking things through with clients, understanding the specific aspects of the project and its challenges to see in which cases using BIM is suitable. For example:
• carrying out a virtual tour of the structure to ensure that it is properly understood.
• automatically extracting quantities from the model to determine measurements.
• ensuring synthesis between disciplines (structural aspects, BS&E packages).
• drawing up the File of Work Carried out.
For each case, technical skills, dedicated softwares and a suitable IT infrastructure are needed. Software editors still have to make progress, in particular where interoperability, rights management or traceability of modifications are concerned. Bouygues Construction is highly involved in standardisation bodies for all these tools.
3. What advice should our candidates be given?
We are convinced that BIM is an inevitable revolution, and that construction is going to develop considerably over the coming ten years. BIM will rapidly become essential for all project players. Candidates planning to join our business lines will have to assimilate and prepare themselves for it!
Regardless of the structure or stage of a project, today BIM Management is already a vital parameter for success. This is why we are recruiting more and more BIM Managers, both at design office level and on our major worksites.
Tomorrow, BIM Management or the capacity to work in the digital model with all players will no longer be confined to a dedicated position, it will be a skill required by all staff involved - from design office to works management, taking in procurement, operation or sales teams in the process.