Winning BIM at Build Qatar Live 2012
Just as 2012 came to an end; another feather was being added to the IES cap. A group of us at the India office took part in Build Qatar Live as part of the BIM Unlimited team, winning the award for “Best use of BIM for technical assessment”.
Build Qatar Live is a “48-hour virtual competition in which participants use cloud-based technology and a variety of software platforms to design a multi-use development for an internationally known site”. The brief of the competition was to design the ‘Museum of Architecture’ for Doha. The key component of the brief was to build a ‘Zero Carbon’ built environment, in compliance with the Qatar Green Building Council (QGBC), LEED and QSAS.
The BIM Unlimited team was made up of members from the Dominican Republic (Architects), UK (BIM Management), France (Energy analysis), Brazil (HVAC/ MEP) and India (Energy analysis). We were one of 12 teams competing among participants from 41 countries. In our team, different software such as Vectorworks, DDS-CAD, ArchiWIZARD, CadFaster, SimTread and of course IES VE, were used as part of the challenge.
Adopting a true Open BIM workflow using the IFC file format, it was refreshing to see a range of different disciplines, from architects and structural engineers to energy analysis experts, collaborating to meet one common goal. Being presented with the award for “Best use of BIM for technical assessment” was great recognition for the collaboration that had taken place over the course of the 48 hours.
All in all, it was a fantastic experience and a great opportunity to work on a multidisciplinary collaboration in the BIM domain. Working successfully with the BIM Unlimited team reminded me of the basic ethos we have at IES – “One team culture” and “work smarter not harder” – and showed me how these principals can also help a team achieve a successful BIM project.