Introduction

The first International Conference on Building Information Modelling (BIM) in Design, Construction and Operations took place in Bristol, UK in 2015 and has since been reconvened in Alicante, Spain (2017) and Seville, Spain (2019).

The modern construction industry and built environment disciplines have been transformed through the development of new and innovative BIM tools and techniques. These have fundamentally altered the manner in which construction teams operate; the processes through which designs are evolved; and the relationships between conceptual, detail, construction and life cycle stages.

BIM is essentially value-creating collaboration throughout the entire life-cycle of an asset, underpinned by the data attached to them. BIM has far and reaching consequences on both building procurement and infrastructure. This recent emergence constitutes one of the most exciting developments in the field of the Built Environment. These advances have offered project teams multi-sensory collaborative tools and opportunities for new communication structures.

The conference fulfils the vital task of bringing together experts from industry, practice and academia to debate those key topics, to develop innovative solutions, and predict future trends. The conference includes a range of presentation forums, including plenary papers, workshops, seminars, and panel sessions.

Papers presented at these conference series as well as others sponsored by the Wessex Institute are permanently available to the International Scientific Community through the eLibrary of the Institute (https://www.witpress.com/elibrary).

Conference Topics

The following list covers some of the topics to be presented at BIM 2021. Papers on other subjects related to the objectives of the conference are also welcome.

  • BIM in design coordination
  • BIM in construction operations
  • BIM in building operation and maintenance
  • BIM and sustainability
  • BIM and collaborative working and practices
  • BIM-Facilities management integration
  • BIM-GIS integration
  • BIM and automation in construction
  • BIM and health and safety
  • BIM standards
  • BIM and interoperability
  • BIM and life cycle project management
  • BIM and cultural heritage
  • BIM and robotics
  • BIM in risk analysis and management
  • BIM in building cost control
  • BIM and building representation
  • Virtual design and construction (VDC)
  • BIM in the execution phase
  • BIM for infrastructure development
  • Case studies

Benefits of Attending

USB Drive

Delegates will receive a USB drive at the conference containing the presented papers.

Publication

Papers presented at BIM 2021 are to be published in a volume of WIT Transactions on the Built Environment (Electronic ISSN: 1743-3509). The publication will be available in both electronic and hard copy.

Indexing

The WIT Transactions are DOI registered with CrossRef and are currently listed in indexing services such as Scopus and Google Scholar, as well as being submitted to the Web of Science. All conference books are listed in the British Library and American Library of Congress.

Open Access and Digital Archive

All conference papers are archived permanently on our electronic library where they can be downloaded for free (www.witpress.com/elibrary).

Peer review

To ensure the quality of our publications, abstracts and papers are double peer-reviewed by members of the International Scientific Advisory Committee and other experts, with manuscripts processed through CrossRef Similarity Check to screen for plagiarism.

Reduced Fee for PhD Students

The Wessex Institute believes in the importance of encouraging PhD students to present and publish innovative research at its conferences. As a result, the Institute offers PhD students a much-reduced conference fee.

Networking

Participants can present their research and interact with experts from around the world, as part of a unique community.

Journal publication opportunity

After the conference, delegates will be invited to submit an enhanced version of the conference paper to one of the WIT Press International Journals.

Publication of Papers

Peer review

To ensure the quality of our publications, abstracts and papers are double peer-reviewed by members of the International Scientific Advisory Committee and other experts, with manuscripts processed through CrossRef Similarity Check to screen for plagiarism.

Publication

Papers presented at BIM 2021 are to be published in a volume of WIT Transactions on the Built Environment (Electronic ISSN: 1743-3509). The publication will be available in both electronic and hard copy.

Indexing

The WIT Transactions are DOI registered with CrossRef and are currently listed in indexing services such as Scopus and Google Scholar, as well as being submitted to the Web of Science. All conference books are listed in the British Library and American Library of Congress.

Open Access and Digital Archive

All conference papers are archived permanently on our electronic library where they can be downloaded for free (www.witpress.com/elibrary).

Journal publication opportunity

After the conference, delegates will be invited to submit an enhanced version of the conference paper to one of the WIT Press International Journals.

Location Information

Santiago de Compostella

Old town from Santo Agostio towerSantiago de Compostela is the capital of the autonomous region of Galicia, which is an area on the northwest coast of Spain. The city is known worldwide for being the culmination of the Saint James Pilgrimage (“El Camino”), a religious tradition for pilgrims that dates back to the Middle Ages.

Hundreds of thousands of visitors arrive in Santiago de Compostela every year attracted not only by its religious importance but also for its cultural richness. It is believed to be the burial place of St James the apostle, one of Jesus’ disciples and the writer of one of the gospels of the New Testament of the Christian religious book, the Bible.

Santiago’s unparalleled monuments, monasteries, churches, palaces and old streets combined with its spiritual and cultural significance, have given the Old Town (Zona Vella) inclusion in the list of World Heritage sites since 1985. Santiago is divided into two main districts: the Old Town (Zona Vella) and the New Town (Zona Nova).

 

Attractions of the Old Town (Zona Vella)

Plaza del ObradoiroIn the Old Town, you will find not only Romanesque and baroque churches, museums and some of the oldest University buildings but also many cosy cafes, traditional and contemporary restaurants, interesting shops and some of the best nightlife too!

A central point of the city is the Plaza del Obradoiro. Life in the city seems to revolve around this square as it is the site of the Cathedral, Raxoi Palace, and the luxurious Hostal de los Reyes Católicos, said to be the world’s oldest hotel.

You’re likely to see pilgrims, many of them, who have been following the scallop shells which are the signposts of the Camino on its route to the city. To walks the Camino, pilgrims must complete at least 100 km, to obtain their certificate of participation, on one of the many routes from various locations across Europe including Portugal, the UK and Ireland.

 

The Cathedral

PeregrinoSantiago’s Cathedral was built over several centuries. Its beauty is a mix of an original Romanesque structure (constructed between 1075 and 1211) and later Gothic and baroque flourishes. The cathedral's artistic high point is the “Pórtico de la Gloria” (Gate of Glory) inside the west entrance, featuring 200 masterly Romanesque sculptures.

There is a ritual for visiting the Cathedral for the first time: admire the Portico de la Gloria, embrace the figure of St. James on the main altar, go down to the crypt, climb up to enjoy the rooftop view and if you’re lucky, within the Cathedral you may see the botafumeiro (an enormous censer) in action—they only use it on religious holidays or if requested in advance.

Around the Cathedral, every step is a discovery, with other charming squares such as Praterías (with the best view of the belltower, La Berenguela) or Quintana with its pretty stairs and other monuments like the imposing Monastery of San Martiño Pinario.

You can actually see the cathedral from the far outskirts of the city, and it seems as it was designed for admiring the Cathedral.

 

Regional food and drink

In addition to the cultural experiences offered by the city’s buildings, there is the cuisine of the Galician region to explore. Here you can buy and taste seafood fresh from the estuaries and coast, cheeses and Padrón peppers, or try the famous tapas.

Green peppers at the market You can also feel the real atmosphere of Santiago on Calle Franco and Calle Raiña, in the heart of the old town, where locals and visitors have been enjoying tapas “forever” and where you will find plenty of restaurants for trying octopus “a feira”, scallops, Santiago cake or wines like Albariño, considered one of the world’s best white wines.

The Rua da Raíña is the most famous street to go out for a few drinks with friends. Many bars and restaurants along the Rua do Franco display their octopus, shellfish and other Galician delicacies in their windows (vegetarians beware!) and most offer a free bite with each drink: croquettes, tortilla or even “tiger” filet (not really tiger meat, by the way!). After a few glasses of wine with tapas, you probably won’t need any dinner, but if you are still hungry, you can always order a few dishes to share.

Santiago’s food market Mercado de Abastos has a rural chic feel: traditional stores run by ladies from surrounding farms mixed with stylish stalls. Modernity and tradition really live in harmony in the Abastos area, with exciting new restaurants also opening their doors in recent years. Here you will find some of Galicia’s best produce.

The iconic dish to try is octopus (‘pulpo á feira’) – Galicians call it this, which means “in the style of the fair or market”, but the Spanish call it “octopus in the Galician style”!

 

Parks

Alameda Park and viewsThere are several green areas of the city, including the two parks, Alameda Park and San Domingos de Bonaval Park (Bonaval). Bonaval sits on the grounds of a Dominican convent’s old cemetery and has been re-invented into a secluded public green space by Portuguese architect Álvaro Siza. Next to Bonaval, you’ll find two of Santiago’s best museums: the CGAC (Galician Contemporary Art Centre) in a modern building also by Siza and the Museum of the Galician People (Museo do Pobo Galego) in the former convent. Bonaval is loved by visitors and locals, who like to enjoy a good book there or just relax under the shade of the oak grove (carballeira) on a hot day. Go for a stroll along the Paseo da Ferradura, get a nice tree-framed view of the Cathedral, sit by the statue of writer Valle Inclán or take a picture with the statue of ‘As Marías’, the two Fandiño sisters dressed in their colourful outfits. The sisters used to go for a walk in the Alameda every day at 2 o’clock on the dot. Alameda Park is also the central point for many celebrations in Santiago’s busy festival calendar.

 

The images above are included with thanks to the official tourism office of Santiago de Compostella: https://www.santiagoturismo.com/

Travel Information

Conference Venue Address:

Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingeniería (ETSE), Universidad de Santiago de Compostela
Rúa Lope Gómez de Marzoa s/n. Campus Sur, 15782 Santiago de Compostela, Spain

Air Travel

Santiago de Compostela Airport (SCQ)

Santiago’s airport has very good European links with direct flights to Amsterdam, Frankfurt, London, Milan, Paris and Rome. The airport is also well connected with other airports within Spain including several daily flights to Madrid and Barcelona, should you need to arrive in Santiago de Compostela with a connection via these two cities.

Web: www.aena.es/en/santiago-airport/index.html

From Santiago de Compostela Airport to the city centre:

Bus: The company Freire operates a service between the airport and Santiago de Compostela city. The bus runs every half an hour from 7am to 11:30pm and takes 30 minutes to get into town. The bus stops in several points within the city (bus station, train station, Rúa da Rosa 8 and Plaza Galicia).

Taxi: There is a flat fare of 21 euros to the airport. You don’t need to book, you can just follow the signs as you come out of the airport to find the taxi rank.

A Coruña Airport (LCG)

A Coruna Airport is 70Km away from Santiago de Compostela. Flights are available daily to A Coruña from Barcelona with Iberia and Vueling, and Iberia and Air Europa from Madrid as well as other Spanish cities (Valencia, Bilbao, Seville, Mallorca and the Canary Islands). Direct flights to A Coruña are also offered from London Heathrow with Vueling.

From A Coruña airport to Santiago de Compostela:

Bus & Train: Autos Capita bus 4051 connects the airport with the city A Coruna. Buses depart every 30 minutes on weekdays between 7:15am and 9:45pm, and every hour at weekends (from 7:30am Saturday and 8:30am Sunday, until 10pm). The 25-minute journey to the city centre costs €1.50. Stop at the train station (Av. Alfonso Molina stop), from there you can take the train to Santiago de Compostela. The journey takes around 30 minutes and the cost is between €5-7 Euro.

Taxi: Taxis are readily available at the airport and cost approximately €25 to travel to the centre of A Coruña. You can continue your journey from A Coruna to Santiago by train. The journey takes around 30 minutes and the cost is between €5-7 Euro.

Hire Car: Avis, Hertz, Europcar and Enterprise operate at the airport. The car journey from A Coruna Airport to Santiago de Compostela takes around 45-60 minutes depending on the traffic.

Rail Travel

Santiago de Compostela is well connected to other Galician cities and the main Spanish rail network. The main rail station is situated in Plaza de Madrid in the city centre, opposite the bus station. Long-distance rail services operate from Madrid, Barcelona (via Zaragoza) and Portugal.

To see schedules and fares please visit RENFE Spanish railways website –– www.renfe.es

Road Travel

Santiago de Compostela is easily accessed by the AP-6 motorway from Madrid or A9 from Portugal on the south. Should you travel to Santiago by car we recommend you find a hotel which offers a car park or alternatively you can book one the city public underground car parks.

ALSA operates long-distance bus services connecting Santiago de Compostela to cities in eastern Spain and Barcelona, as well as to Madrid, southern regions of Spain and Portugal.

ALSA – Long-distance buses – www.alsa.es

 

This information is correct as at 6th October 2020 but may be subject to change. Please check with travel providers.

Conference Venue

The conference will take place at the University of Santiago de Compostela. With a history of more than 500 years, the University of Santiago de Compostela has grown to become one of the most important universities of Spain, attracting more than 25,000 students every year. The university has several campuses located around the city within walking distance from the Cathedral.

Conference Venue Address:

Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingeniería (ETSE), Universidad de Santiago de Compostela
Rúa Lope Gómez de Marzoa s/n. Campus Sur, 15782 Santiago de Compostela

Accommodation Information

Venue Address:

Escuela Técnica Superior de Ingeniería (ETSE), Universidad de Santiago de Compostela
Rúa Lope Gómez de Marzoa s/n. Campus Sur, 15782 Santiago de Compostela


The city of Santiago offers a very extensive and varied accommodation range, from high-end hotels to traditional pilgrim hostels and B&Bs.
The conference venue is located on the university campus, just outside the city centre. Below you can find a list of hotels near the conference venue.

Eurostars Gran Hotel Santiago (4*) - 4 min walk to conference venue / 20 walk to the cathedral

The hotel: A very classic and elegant hotel, its 143 rooms are beautifully decorated and equipped with all commodities.

Address: Avenida Maestro Mateo 27, 15706

Web: https://www.eurostarshotels.com/eurostars-gran-hotel-santiago.html

Hotel Hesperia Peregrino (4*) – 8 min walk to conference venue / 20 walk to the cathedral.

The hotel: Equipped with all facilities, this modern hotel also offers a summer outdoor pool and fitness centre.

Address: Avenida Rosalía de Castro, S/N, 15706

Web: https://www.hesperia.com/es/es/hoteles/espana/santiago-compostela/hesperia-santiago-peregrino.html

Hospedería Vía Lucis PR (2*) – 6 min walk to conference venue / 20 walk to the cathedral

Address: Calle José María Suárez Núñez 6, 15705

The hotel: this hostel offers a simple and affordable option near the conference venue. This type of accommodation is very popular amongst pilgrims taking part in the “Camino”.

Web: http://www.hospederiasdegalicia.com/en/santiago/hostel-via-lucis

Hospederia ClaustroHospederia ComedorHospederia double roomHospederia tripple roomHospederia Bano

Additional Information

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