Five thousand BIM experiences

Great reason to start off together with a piece of pie


That’s a great reason to start off together with a piece of pie. Of course, 5000 is a huge number. But everyone agrees that development does not stop after 5000 projects. The available information in the models keeps expanding. ‘Over the years, we started shifting from drawing to coordinating, but we keep coming back to our own architectural knowledge. Modelling can be taught, but architectural knowledge is a necessity’, says Inbo partner Wilco van Gils.

Which developments will follow after 3D modelling, merging models from various disciplines and generating numbers from models? ‘I expect the increasing information in models to bring an end to written architectural specifications’, Wilco replies. ‘Eventually, these specifications will be extracted from the BIM. I also notice that repetitive tasks are being automated increasingly often. This makes work more fun and challenging.’ He immediately adds that it will be a substantial task to get that done.

And there is some musing on that first project that was done a decade ago, obviously. Which one was it again? We eventually decided it was Jheronimus, a 75-metre residential tower in the Paleiskwartier (Palace Area) of ’s-Hertogenbosch. At the time, it was mostly drawing in 3D, with information continuously being added and more and more parties joining the collaboration. ‘When Solibri came to be, modelling really gained momentum because the contractors also used the program’, someone says.

For Inbo, that switch meant that we had to prepare and train staff members, as drawing lines was replaced by programming. Wilco: ‘We always speak of the switch from the drawing board to AutoCAD, but I think that the step from 2D to 3D in Revit was at least as impactful.’

Further information: Wilco van Gils