With the main objective to preserve our delegates’ wellbeing, but also with the belief that the scientific community should not be stopped, WIT decided that BIM 2021 should not take place as scheduled, in Santiago de Compostela, Spain, but take place as an online event instead.
The conference was organised by the Wessex Institute, UK, represented by Professor Juan Casares, the University of the West of England, UK, represented by Dr Lamine Mahdjoubi and the University of Alicante, Spain represented by Dr Antonio Galiano Garrigos.
The conference, which started in Bristol, UK in 2015 is well-established and always attracts a wide international spread of delegates. The variety of topics covered by the conference includes the modern construction industry and built environment disciplines that 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.
Opening of the Conference
The conference was opened on behalf of all BIM 2021 Chairman by Dr Lamine Mahdjoubi, who welcomed the delegates to the event.
There were a series of invited lectures on advanced topics of research and applications, as follows:
- “Green building design and assessment with computational BIM: The workflow and case study”
by Yaik Wah Lim, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia
- “Virtual reality stories for construction training scenarios: the case of social distancing at the construction site”
by Felipe Munoz, Pontificia Universidad Católica de Valparaíso, Chile
- “HBIM work methodology applied to preventive maintenance: A state-of-the-art review”
by Antonio Galiano Garrigos, University of Alicante, Spain
- “Digital twin for critical infrastructures: the Ventotene island port case study”
by Fabrizio Cumo, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
The papers presented during the conference were classified under the following headings:
- BIM and sustainability
- Advanced BIM platforms
- BIM and automation in construction
- BIM and cultural heritage
- BIM for infrastructure development
- Special session on Digital Twin and artificial intelligence for buildings and Infrastructures, organized by Fabrizio Cumo
Q&A Live Zoom Sessions
Conference delegates were invited to participate in two Q&A Live Zoom Sessions which took place on 28th and 29th October 2021. These friendly sessions were a great opportunity for participants to interact with each other and ask questions to authors about their papers.
Papers presented at this conference are published in Volume 205 of the WIT Transactions on the Built Environment (Electronic ISSN: 1743-3509). Papers presented at the meeting are available Open Access in the eLibrary of the Wessex Institute (https://www.witpress.com/elibrary) from where they can be freely downloaded by any interested parties.
A few papers were selected for publication in the International Journal of Energy Production and Management and the International Journal of Transport Development and Integration.
Closing of the Conference
We are very sorry that we were not able to meet our delegates in person this year.
We would like to thank the delegates for participating in the event and look forward to meeting them at the next conference in the series which is due to be reconvened in 2023.
Green building design and assessment with computational BIM: The workflow and case study
Y-W. Lim, T. E. Seghier, M. H. Ahmad, P. C. Leng, A. M. Yasir, N. A. Rahman, W. L. Chan & S. S. Syed Mahdzar
Virtual reality stories for construction training scenarios: the case of social distancing at the construction site.
F. Munoz-La Rivera, J. Mora-Serrano, E. Oñate
HBIM work methodology applied to preventive maintenance: A state-of-the-art review
M. C. Lopez Gonzalez, L. Cortes Meseguer, J. Garcia-Valldecabres & A. Galiano-Garrigos
Digital twin for critical infrastructures: the Ventotene island port case study