French BIM Strategy and Standardisation 

The French construction business and institutions are among the first ones to adopt policies to digitise the construction sector. They recognise the need of optimised work methods through standards application and automated data management.

The act of building is indeed a complex process involving a multiplicity of actors who deploy significant coordination efforts at design, procurement, construction and until delivery to manage the intricacies of a project.

To achieve a better built environment, BIM (Building Information Modelling) has the means to enable future collaborative work in a closer, faster, and more responsive way at all stages. It brings, for all projects and stakeholders, an increased productivity and quality gains over the life of a building: its programming, design, construction, renovation, operations, management, and maintenance. A very important aspect of allowing BIM best practices to improve collaborative work is the standardisation of data exchange. Cobuilder’s products goBIM, Define and Collaborate solve a complex issue when it comes to managing data quality. It is the lack of common language between organisations during the complete building project lifecycle. By providing a ready-to-use solution to construction actors and machines, they can structure, share, and update data of any type of construction objects, and this, with the help of a common data dictionary. Data exchange is the turnkey element of achieving better results with BIM.

The French “Plan BIM 2022”

Supporting digital transformation is fully in line with the government’s Housing strategy for construction: “Building more, better and cheaper” which is embodied in the ELAN law and the commitments made with the construction industry to generalise the use of the digital model (BIM) in the building sector by 2022.

Julien Denormandie, Minister attached to the Minister for Territorial Cohesion and Relations with Local Authorities, in charge of Cities and Housing, is mobilising 10 million euros from 2019 to 2021 through a “BIM 2022” plan which will provide professionals with the concrete methods and tools to increase digital uses around two priority areas:

  1. Generalise BIM orders throughout the building sector by making practices more reliable and securing all stakeholders through clear and balanced definitions of everyone’s expectations and responsibilities.
  2. Deploy BIM in the territories by supporting skills development of professionals and by providing them with an innovative ecosystem of accessible digital tools enabling the digital transformation of construction.

Here are the action points of the plan:

  • Action 1 – Increase the BIM solutions usage
  • Action 2 – Simplify control and self-control of the project
  • Action 3 – Define and ensure that the needs of the sector are considered in the work on BIM standards, accelerate them and make them converge
  • Action 4 – BIM Observatory for the building sector
  • Action 5 – Make BIM tools accessible as close as possible to the territories
  • Action 6 – Evaluate the BIM maturity and have it recognized by all
  • Action 7 – Create a dynamic ecosystem allowing all stakeholders to exchange views at the local level

Our contribution to expanding the BIM adoption in France

The growing importance of data quality management has been a key work element starting from the French norm PPBIM or NF XP P07-150. It has been initiated in 2012 by AFNOR (Association Française de Normalisation) under the initiative of AIMCC (Association des industriels des produits de construction) and Mediaconstuct. Additionally, the French institutions have been working on the project POBIM which consists in creating a common data dictionary with over 3000 properties and related data templates. Today, those are integrated in Cobuilder Define as part of our aim of delivering trust-based data.

In the following development of PPBIM, it has been approved as a European standard and CEN, resulting in EN 23386. This standard is responsible for ensuring quality data exchange between construction stakeholders through a common data dictionary and its relevant data templates available for describing construction objects. Cobuilder has been following closely the establishment of this standard and has integrated in all Cobuilder solutions to ensure reliable compliance.

By adopting Cobuilder’s construction systems, the organisations obtain a serious advantage allowing them to keep an up-to-date database and an effective way to structure, share and store data.

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