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belem duarte

Arch. Master in methodology



Architect with a Master in BIM Methodology applied to engineering. I am creative, investigative and with initiative, I think"out of the box"and continually seek to learn and grow at work within the BIM methodology. I put passion in what I do, I loveinnovation,thecollaborative work, theplanningand theinformation management.I like professional challenges; I assume them withresponsibility and leadership


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Chapter 1: Digital Construction

Today when we hear about digitization or virtuality, they are words that we hardly associate with construction, engineering or architecture. This is because we who are dedicated to thebuildingwe continue to build the same as more than two thousand years ago!!! This is when the reader thinks, "This woman has lost her oremus!

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It's not possible that she doesn't know that we now have computers, plotters, 3D software, virtual reality, augmented reality... if the poor thing doesn't find out!" And they are absolutely right, since the 80's, the sectorAECO (Architectural Engineering and Construction)it was flooded with software, measurement equipment and has seen innumerable models of computers pass by, each one more powerful. Since that decade, any architecture or engineering office that prided itself on being a "law firm as God intended" had the latest software, plotter or brand-name computer and was hooked on the latest trend. And so, for 40 years, we continue in the same.

However, using the latest software or the latest technology does not mean that we are digitizing the sector and I support what has been said:WE KEEP BUILDING JUST LIKE THE ROMANS.


What do I mean by this? Well, simply that our creative and construction processes are exactly the same:We conceptualize our design, we develop it, we make plans and we build. We use the tools that modernity offers us to make our lives easier, we rarely focus on increasing our productivity, increasing our efficiency and not losing traceability.


For example: I can design the most modern building with the latest software or the most expensive or the most powerful, but what happens if I save each file I have with the name that comes to my mind? (the typical thing that happens when there are changes in the versions"casa-perez_final_bueno_ok_okdefinitivo.dgn").It turns out that if I do not clarify myself with the version of the design, surely the version of plans suitable for construction will not arrive at the construction site or they will not know what it is. Even assuming that it was super organized and had strict control over my files, each actor involved in a project goes their own way, each one looks after their own process and interests and, although this is legitimate, we do not look after the project and, consequently, we neglect the interests of our client. Therefore, although I use the most modern tools in the global world,the process of the asset to be built (house, hotel, apartments, offices, shopping center, etc.) is exactly the same as it was 2,000 years ago:

1.  The architect designsyour process can be anything from the sketch on a napkin to the most expensive virtual reality software on the market.

two.  When finished it is sent toengineer to calculate the structure and since it is an office "as God intended" it uses all the technology in vogue although it is totally on its own.

3.  When the structuralist finishes, the facilities enter,a parade of contractors, each with their specialty; waiting until the other finishes their engineering to start theirs. Believe me that in medium-sized projects you rarely have the luck of being a single designer and, even if the kind reader were to run with that enormous luck, exactly the same thing is repeated as with the structural designer, each one goes to their own.

4.   After a long "raffle raffle" between all the aforementioned and a client on the verge of a nervous breakdown, the long-awaited stage of construction finally begins.

5.  Then the work begins and probably the only one who follows from the initial project team is the architect. All the other designers have been paid and have left. The client thinks that since he has hired the most technical offices, his project will flow like water, he could not be more wrong.The problems begin:the installations cross by beams, columns or slabs, architecture does not coincide with structure, the polygon of the land does not coincide, the project begins to change as the work progresses. Contractors and subcontractors come and go when they have finished their work and history repeats itself, each one goes their own way. In short, a true Way of the Cross for the poor client.


6.  Finally the finished work is delivered and the poor client thinks that everything is finally over, but the real nightmare has just begun: theoperation and maintenance of the property. In this stage, what was not foreseen in the design and all the hidden vices of the work come out. The innocent person in charge of managing the building realizes that the expenses for general services are stratospheric: that half of the luminaires are unnecessary and that the model, although very elegant, consumes a lot of light; that the irrigation system of the green areas consumes a lot of drinking water, that the maintenance of the security and surveillance equipment is unsustainable. An ordeal for the poor administrator and for the users because they will have to make a "spill" or extra contribution to their maintenance fee so as not to be paying increasingly expensive fees for the next 30 years. 

I imagine that up to this point my dear reader will think that I love to complain, that nothing makes me happy and that I am not proposing anything. Well, it's not about complaining for complaining's sake, butshow why the construction sector urgently needs to innovate, incorporate technologies, workflows and new business models.This is where theBIM methodology in action. But that's a topic for another post...

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