B I M C A M P U S © phase 3

Collaboration data infrastructures

Implement collaborative BIM data infrastructures

    The infrastructure is able to:
  • Support training activities
  • Other university service available for students
  • Integrate students from different schools
  • Inftrastructure for internal projects
  • Building Research infrastructure

A BIM server is similar to an internet server, allowing access for all to the information of the project. Any computer connected to the internet can act Bim server for hundreds of users. Internet access bandwidth geometrically improves the performance of the server.

The project can be shared, with full security, perfectly monitored, so that the design process can incorporate continuous improvement, with the information of the process model. All users are controlled according to your profile, so the quality processes are automatic in the platform.

The BIM SERVER is the infrastructure that enables collaborative design. This new infrastructure only accurate four elements: a computer, storage space doubled, a secure location and network with good bandwidth connection. And two conditions: researchers and/or teachers responsible for administering the server and, above all, accredited users to work collaboratively on BIM projects.

The BIM SERVER represents a means of income for the University. Through research projects, through collaborations within the collaborative design program, or as a service available for companies and administrations.

The BIM SERVER is a catalyst for collaborative design. Also, teachers have been incorporated to the BIM formation, although timidly, and notably the effort of technological updating that have driven through the centers. In these circumstances, the BIM SERVER is a catalyst to incorporate, definitely, to the rest of the teaching and research body to the new technological reality posed by sustainability.

Technologies are available. Digital architectural models are interoperable, applications are ripe. The information covers the life cycle of the building. New markets, such as the facilities management FM grow with strength. And above all, ICTs are essential for sustainability.

However, the professionals and the universities are not prepared. Grades, renewed recently, although they have incorporated a vision more systemic and integrative, have not incorporated the technologies and know-how, competences to fulfil, inter alia, the mandate reflecting the white paper for architecture studies: interdisciplinary, collaboration and integration of technologies and its derivative methodologies.

One of these technologies is the digital model BIM, through applications of three dimensional and parametric architectural design. However, so far, it only generates a local data infrastructure, which is not compatible with a distributed, multi-disciplinary design process. The file is located in a local location. The file is standalone, only can access a simultaneous user.

A critical factor for the introduction of ICT in the world of building is, from the year 2010 Graphisoft has developed an evolution of its work system team TeamWork, using a new technology called BIM SERVER, allowing access from anywhere, via the internet, to models BIM-based projects. Access is available to hundreds of users, with their specific roles, administered by managers from any location.

Universidade de A Coruña meets all the above requirements: the campus has facilities with restricted access and controlled environmental conditions the appropriate hardware, one of the higher bandwidths of galicia, especially from rising internet access. Together with the results of implementation of seminars BIM, a large number of students have all possible powers, many of them above the professional profile of their qualification, thereby allowing them to develop all the papers in the collaborative environment.

Currently, and for the direction of the ETSEC Building school initiative, the BIM SERVER is available. The Center has arranged adequate space and equipment. We want to especially thank the support received and the proactive involvement of those responsible for the Center, which largely to produce the results that we have indicated.