On the 26 and 27 of November Cobuilder participated in the biggest BIM event in Germany – BIM World Munich.

‘BIM in Germany’ is still the most widely read article in Cobuilder’s blog, even though it was written in 2016. Why? BIM in Germany is quite a controversial topic. This is also true for the rest of the world. This is maybe the most important take-away from the Cobuilder team based on our experience at BIM World Munich.

BIM is seen on all slogans and call-to-actions and it means a different thing each time

With more than 300 ‘BIM’ software providers the digital transformation scene in Germany is quite complex. Again, this is representative of the international landscape as just a few of these providers are delivering services catered for the German market in particular. BIM is seen on all slogans and call-to-actions and it means a different thing each time. You won’t believe the number of people who came to the Cobuilder stand and asked for advice about anything from BIM-authoring software to FM tools, to tools for managing telecoms’ infrastructure etc.

The conference

Cobuilder’s CEO Lars Fredenlund participated at the political panel within the main conference and he really stirred the pond by pointing out the lack of a ‘standard’ way of thinking in Germany, and within the market in general.

Manufacturers should realise the potential of their own data and expose it in a standardised way. Not to single tools but to the whole supply chain.

Fredenlund pointed out that the right tools for the industry is to be found in the important work that is being done within the standardisation domain (CEN TC/442 & ISO TC 59, buildingSMART). If we want the whole industry to benefit – standards should come first and software second. This is how one can make the best of this over-saturated market where the many different vendor-specific ‘standards’ are floating about.
On Day two of the conference, a highlight was the discussion within the ‘Technologies transforming the industry’ panel. Enzo Blonk, Director Industry Engagement Technical Industries at GS1 and Christophe Sykes, Director General at Construction Products Europe aisbl talked about how important it is to empower the manufacturer within BIM. They should realise the potential of their own data and expose it in a standardised way. Not to single tools but to the whole supply chain. This, they underlined, would be a win for everyone.

While, manufacturers were underrepresented at large within the event itself, their importance in the digital transformation of the sector is extremely high. Many of the lectures extended an appeal towards the industry being more inclusive to the needs of actors that go beyond 3D modelling.

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Discussions are always going on at the Cobuilder stand

On the stand

At our stand, we had prepared hand-outs of our most relevant case studies, and no doubt these were popular with our visitors.

All actors are looking for something practical to showcase a project, an approach or benefits that they could relate to their own organisation.

All actors are looking for something practical to showcase a project, an approach or benefits that they could relate to their own organisation. The need for communicating the benefits of BIM has never been higher, with people demanding systematic, measurable proof of the value of BIM rather than ‘perceived’ benefits that were used for measuring the success of the programme before..

We were happy to see our partners from Pipelife, Wienerberger, Knauf Insulation and GS1 being eager to find out more on our latest developments and thoughts.

We met with a fair share of consultants who had heard about our CEO Lars Fredenlund’s pioneering work in promoting standard-based data management. We spoke with consultants who are advising the Government on digital data transformation and a few university representatives who shared their experience of ‘BIM’ in Germany.

All in all, our team members were quite busy throughout the event, happily recognising that Cobuilder is known among the decision makers in large European organisations.

Thanks to the organisers of BIM World Munich 2019 for a fruitful and successful event and their open-mindedness towards achieving even better results next year.