Intelligent CIO LATAM Issue 18 | Page 53


BIM technology to challenge for the construction and infrastructure sector in Colombia

By 2023 , 35 % to 50 % of public construction projects in Colombia will require the use of BIM , and this percentage will reach 100 % by 2026 , according to the National BIM Strategy .

Innovation and new technologies have become necessary for all companies worldwide and the construction sector is no different .

According to the Colombian Chamber of Construction ( CAMACOL , in Spanish ), digitalization of the civil construction area may represent an improvement in the productivity of companies and the competitiveness of the sector in the country .
However , implementing technologies such as Building Information Modeling ( BIM ) or Virtual Design and Construction ( VDC ) has presented a series of challenges for the different actors in the sector .
Julián Palacios , BIM Engineer , Pavco Wavin , said : “ One of the challenges we find is that there is little knowledge about the methodology because , although there are some experts , generally they do not know how to use the software or how to manage it , and that is why these knowledge spaces are so important .”
According to BuildingSMART , BIM technology is a collaborative working methodology for construction planning and management , where geometric , time , cost , environmental impact and maintenance information is centralized in a digital model .
Phil Bernstein , Honorary Member , American Institute of Architects , added : “ In other words , BIM works to aid decision-making in design , the creation of high-quality construction documents , performance prediction , costing and construction planning .”
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