BIM: Teixeira Duarte proves itself once again on the national scene

On the 17th and 18th of May, the 2nd edition of the ptBIM Congress was held at the Instituto Superior Técnico, where Teixeira Duarte – Engenharia e Construções, S.A. (TD-EC) attended to present the work developed for the Hospital da Luz – Oeiras Clinic (HLCO).

The ptBIM Congress is a joint initiative between the Instituto Superior Técnico of Lisbon, University of Minho and the Faculty of Engineering of the University of Porto, and aims to broadcast the implementation of the BIM in the construction industry and promote the technical-scientific debate among professionals in the field and the academic community.

TD-EC’s presentation was carried out by our architect colleague Pedro Ferreirinha, from the Directorate of Building Studies and member of the company’s BIM team, who was also awarded the Honourable Mention of the “ptBIM Dissertation Award – Engineering and Architecture” at this Congress, for the work that he developed in the scope of his thesis to obtain his Master’s Degree in Architecture. Titled “From the beginning of the cycle to the life of the building to information management; BIM – methodology and case study, “the work of Architect Pedro Ferreirinha was distinguished by his analysis of the potential of the BIM in the work management, which details the aspects of the management of assets and teams and focuses on increasing productivity.

As early as 2017, under the scope of the first edition of the BIM Excellence Award, Teixeira Duarte had been awarded 1st place in the “Construction and Coordination” category.

The great trend of Engineering and Architecture.
The Building Information Modelling (BIM) concept emerged in response to the need to optimise the work processes currently used in the AEC industry, constituting an improved approach to the planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance of the works. It is based on a virtual construction methodology, which uses a unique and standardised 3D digital model for each work, in a format which is readable by all stakeholders, from design to demolition of the building, allowing improvements in each phase of a building’s life cycle.

It is, therefore, a new concept of work that, through various software, makes it possible to overcome the inefficiencies of the traditional methods, enhancing the value chain integration and the consequent optimisation of the resources, reducing costs and durations of design and construction.

The fundamental characteristic of BIM modelling is the use of parametric/smart objects. The modelled elements have a 3D geometry associated with nuclear information, properties and rules, which increases the level of automation of the model, avoiding inconsistencies and improving the coordination between the specialities.

The information, interconnected by parametric relations, implies that any changes made are processed throughout the whole model in real time, streamlining the updating processes and avoiding the propagation of errors. At the core of the project, the BIM provides effective collaboration across multiple project disciplines, more realistic early visualisation of work incompatibilities, extraction of quantities for budgeting and cost estimates, prior detection of errors and omissions, and the organisation of the work management before the beginning of the construction, allowing the optimisation of the processes, costs and deadlines.

The Project Directorate of the Geotechnical and Rehabilitation Exploration Centre is in charge of the implementation of the BIM system at Teixeira Duarte, which aims to develop this practice throughout the Group as a whole, structuring and supporting the various centres and companies. A number of proposals and large projects are being drafted according to this methodology, involving TD-EC teams as well as external ones, in various specialities, through collaborative platforms, for example, studies for the various markets in which the Group operates, namely Angola, Algeria and Portugal.