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Beyond Building Barcelona´s BIM ZONE

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Bimetica and Fira de Barcelona have agreed to collaborate & promote Building Information Modeling (BIM) in this year´s Beyond Building Barcelona (Construmat) fair.

Beyond Building Barcelona will promote BIM, in conjunction with Bimetica, in the fair´s innovation area with the objective of showing the advantages that BIM has to offer.

This objective is developed by Bimetica, as the event´s partner, in the following actions:


Space will be designated to agents that are already related to BIM.

This way, each guest can get to know the distinct offers on BIM products and services in one unique place.


NETWORKING BIM will be a pre-arranged meeting points between BIM related agents.

This zone will be destined to create ties betweeen supply and demand of BIM related services and products.

It´s objective is to create real business opportunities linked to BIM.


Case studies will be presented from europe, USA, latin america, and others.

The objective of the conferences is to have a global look at the actual situation of BIM at an international level.


It wil have distinguished articles related with different points of view and experiences in BIM.

Guests coming to Beyond Building Barcelona will be ellegible to acquire a the latest documents and tendencies in BIM.


Opportunities with BIM Catalogues

Jump into BIM is an initiative that Beyond Building Barcelona Offers to its exhibiting companies. We offer the opportunity to develop one of your products in BIM format, at no additional cost, in BIM (Revit software, in English and Spanish) and become a pioneering company in the construction industry.


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Want to know more about the event? Check the Innovation Area in Beyond Building Barcelona.




Our Mission is Preventing Accidents and Saving Lives

ECOBAM are Speed Bumps, Bicycle Road Dividers and Road Dividers, both in cast iron with 10 year warranty (100% Renewable, 100% Reusable), in addition we have an anti-theft system that makes them unique in the market.

In contrast with the lack of security that current rubber solutions suffer (caused by deformation, breakages and fastening issues), ECOBAM has developed a NEW technology with unbeatable advantages as it is undeformable, unbreakable, no screws needed and sustained by civil works that is guaranteed for up to 10 years and that can include LED lighting.

At the Smart City World Congress in Barcelona we have presented:

  • Speed Bumps able to send a light signal warning to drivers that there is a pedestrian crossing.
  • Cycleway Dividers able to send a light signal warning to drivers that there is a bicycle crossing a road cross.
  • Cycleway Dividers with luminescent painting so at night your path is illuminated, and also with daylight show very bright and clear.

Speed Bumps are in operation for more than 3 years with full satisfaction in Portugalete (Basque Country) and for 2 years in the Airport of Barcelona and Barcelona City Council (Tunnel Rovira) and other locations in municipalities around Spain (Catalonia, La Rioja, Madrid, Basque Country)and also in Mexico.

BIM for every Professional

With the Bimetica support, ECOBAM joins BIM technology and goes a step forward in its innovation path. Entering we are able to get the characteristics of every ECOBAM model and its technical requirements description. This way ECOBAM can offer to every Professional a BRAND NEW Product, with unique advantages, not seen before in the Road Safety market.

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DINNTECO – Lightning rod in BIM


Dinnteco Spain commercializes exclusively the DDCE (Dinnteco Deionizer of Electrostatic Charge ). It works with the technology of the PDCE (Lightning Deionizer of Electrostatic Charge). It avoids the formation of the lightning and minimizes significantly (60% – 90%), the indirect effects of the lightning such as the electromagnetic pulse.

The DDCE avoids the formation of the lightning and minimizes significantly the indirect effects. One of the most important effects are the surges that induced electromagnetic pulses and also the currents arising by land that causes the breakdown or wreck of most of the machines and electrical facilities.

The operating principle of DDCE lightning rod is based on deionization of electrostatic charges present in any environment, to control the electric field below the thresholds of the dielectric breakage. In other words, it avoids the formation of the lightning.

Dinnteco is based in an innovated and technological product, which is betting for the BIM methodology, which represents also an evolution in the processes of the construction world.

For us it is absolutely necessary to make easy the implementation of our product to the users; architectures, engineers, in general technical people, with the BIM files it is an easy way to integrate us in the sector.

We understand that the profiles of the BIM users in Spain and worldwide, are open people who likes to use new technologies, which is looking for the excellence and the constant improvement of their job.

At the same time the companies that are betting for the DDCE are searching for the security and prevention and at the same time are conscious of the importance to reduce significantly the costs of maintenance of the installations and structures.

Dinnteco has a clearly call to be International Company, and it is in the mature markets where the BIM files are implemented and their use is more usual.

Dinnteco considers that it is such a revolutionary and technological product as it is the DDCE, who must go together with the advanced technological tools, who represent an improvement like the BIM files. We bet for the technological advance as an improvement process and change for the advance of the society.

The DDCE is the best protection against the lightning which exist today, at least it is confirmed by the companies who are using it today, like SACYR in the engineering structure that are using today in the Panama Canal, the most important one taken in 2013.

At an International level it is an absolutely necessary tool to be able to introduce ourselves in the English speaking markets. We are convinced that it is part of the future, therefore it is a secure and profitable bet or investment for short and medium term.

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PLACO + ISOVER : New BIM objects catalogue

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PLACO AND ISOVER launch the first Multi-manufacturer BIM objects catalogue, which will allow access to the most complete range of solutions for partition walls, floors, ceilings and façades, and provide the maximum level of detail of technical performance.

PLACO and ISOVER launch the new BIM objects catalogue, with all the information necessary to facilitate specification by architects and technicians (fire resistance, thermal resistance, acoustic insulation, maximum height, etc.)

This catalogue will allow the generation and management of the building’s data during the entire Life Cycle using dynamic building modelling software in three dimensions and in real time, and will reduce the time and resources invested in design and construction, providing the spatial relationships, geographic information and the necessary quantities and building geometry.

Placo Isover

The objects are structured in a logical way and include over 400 solutions based on plasterboard and mineral wool for partition walls, cladding, floors, ceilings and façades, and are completely free to download with no need to register on the webs of PLACO and ISOVER: and

In addition to the BIM objects themselves, PLACO and ISOVER have created a new personalized service in order to deal quickly and thoroughly with any enquiry related to the new objects catalogue at together with technical support documentation, tutorials and continuous technical training.

The future is written with BIM

BIM information modelling software solutions introduce a new way of working based on the use of objects which integrate all the necessary technical information to produce the most accurate modelling of a building.

All advanced nations are working with this new technology, which allows building modelling and signifies a huge qualitative leap from the 2D or 3D geometry used to date involving no differentiation between elements, to a new era in which catalogues which integrate intelligent objects and parametrics are used.


This new technology defines a new era for Architecture and Engineering professionals; one which will provide them with total optimization on any project through the interconnection of all participating agents.

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Q-Railing Spain jumps into BIM

Q-railing develops innovative, high-quality designer railing systems and glass balustrades. Our products function as supports and handrails along steps and stairways, and as safety barriers around balconies and between floor levels. You will find our railing systems and glass balustrades installed in homes, shops and malls, as well as in offices and public buildings, museums, stadiums, airports and swimming pools. Each of our components are fully modular and able to be used in any of our railing systems, providing you with endless design possibilities.


“We are pleased to collaborate with Bimetica as they have designed for us some BIM blocks of railing and glass balustrades systems. We believe this an excellent and easy tool for all those architects whose want to prescribe our solutions”, Miquel Oliva, Sales Manager Q-railing España.


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Embrace BIM (as soon as possible) at EBS15


EBS15-The European BIM Summit 2015 is a one and a half-day Summit taking place on February 12th & 13th in Barcelona at the BCN World Trade Center. In an iconic building (Henry Cobb was its architect) set right on the seafront in Barcelona’s Port Vell, the European BIM Summit 2015 will be attended by 400+ delegates, 10+ sponsors, 20+ public administration bodies, 30+ companies, 5+ universities and will be covering the latest BIM application opportunities and projects in Europe.

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Europe’s building life cycle needs to urgently incorporate new technologies to be able to innovate and offer the sector a new future. The BIM concept covers control and management of all the information generated in the design process, from the conceptual design phase and decision-making at the construction stage (by means of modelling) to the most advanced phases of structural and installation design and, most importantly, during the period of production, management and maintenance of an existing building that is transformed or new construction.


  • Government agencies in Europe cannot allow a situation in which their building projects and constructions do not meet previously established budgets and timelines.
  • Construction is the production sector with the highest unemployment rate and the lowest implementation of industrialization. This makes it the sector in need of most attention and firm commitment to innovation.
  • In January 2014, the European Parliament voted to update legislation on public procurement by recommending the use of electronic tools such as BIM for projects, works and open design competitions.
  • Directive 2014/24/EU of the European Parliament and of the Council of 26 February 2014 donde public procurement and repealing Directive 2004/18/EC de 28.3.2014, Artículo 22, Point 4

    The BIM model is a single digital model containing documents that are coordinated and shared between disciplines and used as a centralized or even delocalized (cloud) management tool in a collaborative working environment that increases control of all the processes involved in the building life cycle. This converts Building Information Modelling as the emerging approach in construction processes (including all dimensions from 1D to 8D): design and project, analysis, documentation and management related to architecture, engineering and related procurement.
  • This is why we need an event that is open to different disciplines, institutions and collectives, to represent the state of the art of BIM in the construction sector.
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From the Col·legi d’Aparelladors, Arquitectes Tècnics i Enginyers d’Edificació of Barcelona (CAATEEB) and BIM Academy, we have set the organization of this high level conference on Building Information Modelling (BIM) jointly with the main actors in the different covered subjects: European associations as AEEBC, CIAT, buildingSMART, Professional Engineers, Obge-Bole and special guests as AIA. Product manufacturers and their translators to BIM as Roca, Bimetica; global builders as CCC, boKlok; corporate real states as Cimpress, Via Célere; projects as the Abu Dhabi Airport, Crossrail…; strategic BIM softwares as Trimble, Bentley, Cype, Graphisoft, etc.

The value proposition of the European BIM Summit.

Aware of the importance that this new model of organizing cross-building processes is having for the sector in Europe and worldwide, and the need to adopt more efficient practices, the European BIM Summit will be the platform to learn and interact with international experts. The entire construction industry needs to understand the changes, benefits, opportunities as well as improvements that BIM will bring to companies, public bodies and technicians, to regenerate outdated models.

    Implementing a new innovation process in any sector marks the difference between leaders and mere followers.
    The European BIM Summit is conceived as an incentive programme to present, capture, share and generate knowledge. Contents, connections and networking are the basis of this event.
    In only one day and a half, over Thursday and Friday, the various representatives of collectives involved in the construction process will have the chance to present ways of transforming their profession and its processes, and of advocating change, accepting and welcoming it.
  • AN EXCLUSIVE EVENT for those who want change (and for those who need it)
    The papers, presented by foremost experts from all over Europe, will centre on the attendants quickly accepting and adopting change, correctly managing change, making change positive and thereby acquiring a competitive edge.
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CAATEEB is an umbrella organization for more than 8,000 building professionals skilled in all phases of the construction cycle from planning to execution, the subsequent maintenance and renovation, and always adding value to quality and economic control of the building process. Together with BIM Academy, one of the main education bodies in Spain, we are improving training, and implanting BIM in the construction and public sectors.

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K•LINE Spain starts in BIM

K-Line windows is a company that understands the importance of sustainability in a global context and the construction industry in particular.

As a company dedicated to solving the most complicated problems in terms of heat loss (permeable facade), it takes special interest in the eficiency of its constrction solutions, always aiming for the maximum in heat loss.


By working with BIM files (Building Information Modeling), the company can take a step forward in its implication in all phases of a project, allowing for qualified technicians to use their products and specifying them in their projects so they can interact with the overall project and generate better analysis results.


By working with BIM files, and not only frawings, all the information in K-Line products is coordinated in a coherent manner in each of the project phases. This allows for improved decision-making in each aspect of the project like: cost, timing, and product properties. This enhances the design, and optimises its logistics during construction. By working with BIM files the end product is completely coordinated with its products.


This system adds to the already formed K-Line technical, and construction documents. It unites all availabale information in a BIM file, that can be used from the starting phases of a projects and also in the analysis phase.

K-Line BIM files contain all the necessary informarion thar a technician needs to specify them in a project. The informacion is avowed, complete, and updated regularly.

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Knauf Insulation launches its BIM catalogue in Spain.


Josep Bové

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Knauf Insulation, the 30-year-old worldwide experienced German multinational which leads the insulation solutions market for construction, is a major driver of sustainable architecture, promoting energy efficiency of buildings and reducing the environmental impact.

Working the concept of sustainability from a very early design stage is the best method to ensure energy efficiency of a building. Therefore, it is crucial to use BIM in order to plan processes, use and maintenance of the building through its whole life.

The role of manufacturers and suppliers at this stage of the project is essential to ensure the principles of sustainability and efficiency, which is the reason why we encourage the use of BIM and support this format so that it can be put in place as a projection work method for all professionals in a prospect future.

Therefore, to expand its scope not only in an early project phase but in every phase of the building, in Knauf Insulation we have created our BIM catalogue with a wide range of solutions covering all areas of thermal and acoustic insulation.

To reinforce Knauf Insulation commitment with BIM, our company has recently partnered with Building Smart Spanish Chapter and may be present in the highest representative body of BIM in the country.


In order to let professionals take the most advantage of BIM catalogue, make a good use of it and maximize its performance, is essential that the BIM catalogue is made with utmost care and quality through constant contact between the development team and the manufacturer. That’s why we constantly check the accuracy of the information transferred to the BIM file so that no error may occur. This joint work will facilitate professionals and prescribers’ work with BIM, since the catalogue reliability is guaranteed after constant review and update. Thus, we can manage first-hand information.

A professional who chooses a Knauf Insulation solution from the BIM catalogue will immediately see its effect on his project, being able to replace it with another that also suits the project. If the professional seeks a solution which is not available in the catalogue from the platform, he can always contact us to get a suitable one or create an object that fits the needs of the designer, if necessary. The contact between manufacturer and designer is a clear advantage that will allow to optimize both financial and material resources, and ensure a reduction of the overall impact of the building.

To use a catalogue solution involves using a proven and guaranteed quality market solution, so that the speculation and uncertainty of the result may be minimised.

A team of professionals at Knauf Insulation is prepared to respond inmediately to future projects where BIM is used, and thus, we can work on prioritizing energy efficiency and sustainability since the moment a new project is started.

As our goal is BIM maximum dissemination, in Knauf Insulation we have decided to increase the catalogue versatility by developing Revit and Archicad files, two of the largest providers of BIM software, expanding the range of professionals who can use the created objects. By developing the catalogue in different formats, the exchange of information between professionals is encouraged, so is the collaboration when designing, thus facilitating the communication and file and projects compatibility.

Knauf Insulation is the first national insulation manufacturer willing to offer worlwide a catalogue of BIM format solutions, with entirely free access and providing the information needed to develop a project including this methodology.

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BIM Entrepeneurs Made In Spain


Pablo Callegaris

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BIM is being heard evermore strongly in Spain since 2010, maybe in part because of a sudden spurt of common sense amidst the sudden crisis that fell upon the country and the need of people to generate a change in the way things are done in the construction industry.

If I had to describe such initiatives, I would say that these people are authentic “Entrepeneurs”, capable of seeing beyond the tough situation that Spain is going through, betting big, and risking loss, in order to innovate in a field that is in constant development, such as BIM.

It was around 2011, when got started with my business partner, Cristobal. Back then almost everyone predicted failure on our part, not because the idea was bad but because of the economic hardship, mentality, and bureocracy in Spain were against us. Yet here we are, after almost three years with the online platform and diversifying our bussiness model, growing and hiring new staff, being seen in over 60 countries and also being in Mexico and Russia; we can´t complain.


There is no secret or mystery to it, just many hours of work, concept polishing, keeping a positive attitude, and keeping an eye on the market and its evolution. This is the formula that every entrepeneur needs to have in mind in order to stand out and offer competitive BIM products.

But the BIM entrepeneur has not been left to do this on its own, thanks to nonprofit groups like: Valencia´s EUBIM, The Building Smart Spanish Chapter, or the latest BIM conference in Valladolid, and many others have generated, what I call the “BIM wave of confidence”. This has been capable of enthusing anyone who sets their sights on BIM. Among these groups many ideas are being carried out, along with their business models, and they appear to be the seeds that will make Spain competittive once again the construction industry.

In my opinion, integrative business models and collaboration are the key. One cannot only be BIM in concept, but also through the materialization of the ideas. We can see these ideas in these six articles written by Spanish BIM entrepeneurs, that were selected among many others, that tell us what they do and how they shape the business that they lead.

“Those who bet on BIM, have a great opportunity to grow.”


There is another way to design, build and manage.


Javier García Montesinos

CEO – Crea Soluciones 2014_logo CREASI_AD

CREA SOLUCIONES INTELIGENTES is born with a conviction that had become our motto: “There is another way to design,another way to build and another way to manage.”

it is important to remember the past and know where we come from…

In the last years of my architectural degree in ETSAM, this being more that twenty years ago, I started seeing clearly that technology was fundamental to the construction industry business.

I started out helping out some architects develop their projects in CAD, supervisor of the computer lab of the faculty, for my dissertation I presented renderings in 3DSTUDIO to express the idea of my proyect, I did all my plot sheets in CAD and printed on a thermal plotter. In those times a few of us dared to make the leap and use technology for finishing our degree.

While on scholarship In the computer wing, I contacted SOFT so that we could teach a 3D architectural software called ARRIS, and a collaboration agreement was signed between this company and ETSAM.

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When I finished my degree I started working at SOFT, helping the Bank of Spain digitize its buildings in 3D using ARRIS and later on being part of the technical support team for the ARRIS software. At SOFT I learned from the people that, according to my own judgment, knew the most about technology applied to construction: D. Fernando Valderrama (PRESTO CEO) and D. Miguel Villamor (Director of SOFT´s technical department while I worked there, General Director of Nemetschek Spain for many years, and now General Director of AECon Soluciones).

While at SOFT, I started hearing the term, in English, “Facility Management”, so we can say that thanks to D. Fernando Valderrama and D. Miguel Villamor I´ve become dedicated to Facility Management. They taught me how important “information” is, and in order to coordinate that information we must rely on technology.

In the 22nd of October, 1998, sixteen people formed the Spanish Society of Facility Management, and during these last few days I have received a picture of that moment (thanks to D. Angel Tejedor for reminding me about this event and getting this picture to me) and I want to share it with the readers of this article.


Founding members of the Spanish Society of Facility Management (SEFM): D. José María Álvarez, D. Benito Cesteros, D. D. Germán Fernández, D. José María Diez Aguilera, D. José Antonio Durán, D. Eugenio García, D. Francisco García Ahumada, Dña. Angela Comeras, Dña. Carmen Ramos, D. Juan Velázquez Barroso, D. José Luis García Cuartero, D. Ignacio Casamada, D. Sebastián Roger, D. Juan Rodrigo Burriel. D. Manuel Gómez del Río and D. F. Javier García Montesinos.

Out theme, from the world of Facility Management always has been:”Facility Management starts with the design of the building”

According to the European norm UNE-EN 15221, the Facility Management is defined as the coordination of infrastructure, services support. In the International Association of Facility Management (IFMA), Facility Management, is defined as an interdisciplinary profession that integrates support areas to the level of people, buildings, processes and technology to guarantee safe and sustainable buildings.

BIM is defined by Building Smart´s Spanish Chapter (of which I also am a founding member), as a work methodology for collaborative work and the creation and coordination of construction projects. Also, the association states that the use of BIM does much more and is extender throughout the buildings life cycle, allowing for easier management and lowering maintenance costs.

Lifecycle vision = BIM+FM

Through all these years the has exited two worlds: that of design and construction and that of the management of buildings.

Thanks to the maturation of ideas that were coming from the world of Facility Management, thanks to those responsible of large scale projects in Spain that were very united to the world of Facility Management, and those who were convinced o the benefits of these concepts, we have been going forward with the idea of asset management is a “strategic value for companies”. Projects like the IBERDROLA headquarters (in which I participated as part of IBERINCO), TELEFÓNICA, BBVA, REPSOL, BANCO POPULAR, VODAFONE… are clear examples that these are the adequate ideas.

Our arguments were incontestable:

  • Operating costs associated to the property are the second most expensive to businesses.
  • 80% of the building´s costs are produced in the operating phase.
  • Buildings consume 42% of all the electricity we produce.

But the truth is that the life cycle vision was not being adopted, especially in the housing, education, sanitary and public sectors.

From this crisis is born (or should we say “reborn”) a new movement that we now call: Building Information Modeling.

Finally everybody is talking about a building´s life cycle. From the world of design and construction we call it BIM, from the world of asset management we call it Facility Management.

From CREATE SMART SOLUTIONS we call it “OPPORTUNITY”, we call it “BIM+FM”. At long last will the market be receptive to our philosophy “There is another way to design, another way to build and another way to manage.” Our “way” is to think that the end result of our services should be “smart buildings”, designed, built and operated in an “intelligent” manner. Our mission is to think about the profitability of the owner, I the productivity of employees and the search for solutions that allow for the best management of our resources, thinking about future generations.

We finally have a complete solutions map, with services at each one of the phases of a building´s life cycle:

  • Consulting on better processes of design, construction and asset opetation.
  • Support construction industry stakeholders with the use of technology to search for better eficiency, profitability in its resources and optimizing costs.
  • Promoting Building Information Modeling and Facility Management principles through our courses and/or participating in our country´s most prestigious learning programs.

Final Conclusion

BIM+FM is presented as a perfect binomial to change the way of designing, building, and operating buildings. It is the opportunity we have to add “VALUE” to our companies, our buildings, our cities, and our world.