Virtual construction

In near future, the practice of designing and constructing buildings will be digitised in all stages – designing, ordering, logistics, building and maintaining throughout the buildings life cycle. Already today, the processes of executing architectural drawings, modelling, dimensioning, choosing materials and calculating energy consumption, among other aspects of the building process, are computerised.

Easy Access to Information

Digitising the process of constructing facilities makes it easier to access and share all necessary information.

Building Information Modeling

Today, architects use advanced design programmes and make 3D models based on commonly used international methods and standards. This digital approach is becoming increasingly popular and it is inevitable that the entire process of constructing buildings be conducted in this manner in the future. In many countries, authorities require the use of such digital methods in all steps of a facility’s life: from the first architectural drawings through to public procurement, construction and, ultimately, demolition. Saint-Gobain supports this digitisation.

This method is also known under the abbreviation BIM, which stands for Building Information Modelling. In its narrowest sense, this means providing a digital representation of the physical and functional characteristics of a facility and is a way of working that makes it easy to acquire and share information about a facility, a method that is inclusive of its complete lifecycle. However, this method can also be used for such things as streamlining and facilitating public procurement processes.

Saint-Gobain supplies architects with BIM objects that make it easy to integrate Saint-Gobain products into 3D models. The BIM objects are free and come as readymade product objects, e.g. insulation elements, as well as having all the necessary material and product information (like fire and acoustic properties) which makes it easy to use in a modelling programme like Revit.

Saint-Gobain is continuously developing new BIM modules and is committed to undertaking a lead role in the digitalisation of the construction process.

Download BIM objects from ISOVER Denmark here.

Download BIM objects from Gyproc here.

Download BIM objects from Glassolutions here.

Download BIM objects from Ecophon here.