The BILT Academy Podcast -Episode Four – Automation

On Thursday, September 24th Episode Four of the BILT Academy Podcast went live.

Our fourth episode has been curated by our BILT Academy correspondent David. This month’s podcast is a technology podcast, and in it, Daniel interviews four industry experts about the topic of Automation.

This month we explore the concept of automation within the construction industry. Over the last few years, automatization has increasingly made its way into our environment and has quickly been evolving in many ways. In order to better understand the future of automation in the AEC industry, we have interviewed a variety of experts, each with their own perspectives on automation. These perspectives range from automation in software engineering, data collection on construction sites, prefabrication and manufacturing. By asking them what automation looks like and who it’s useful for we hope to offer you the listeners an insight into the role of automation in the construction industry and how they come together to shape the future of the sector and our built environment. 

Gordon is an Architect by education and has straddled the practice/technology fence since university. He has been at times a Job Captain, a CAD Manager, a BIM Manager & an IT Manager, including a stint in all three technology management roles for a firm of around 50 people, doing their first two Revit pilot projects. He thinks that may have been when the light really went on for him regarding automation. Now he spends his time writing and supporting the software tools he wished he had back then. 

Gordon Price

Brian is the Construction Technology Manager at Boston Dynamics where he supports AECOO customer applications for the Spot platform and promotes the development of new autonomous behaviour that adds value to construction project delivery. Prior to Boston Dynamics, he was a Senior Construction Automation Researcher at WeWork where he managed the construction robotics research program and contributed to initiatives in design automation and modular prefabrication. Previously he taught at the University of Cincinnati DAAP, City Tech, City College, and most recently at Pratt GAUD where he led seminars in computational fabrication and industrial robotics. 

Brian Ringley

Eric is a computational designer and expert on large scale 3d printing in construction. Trained at the Design Academy Eindhoven. He has been involved in concrete printing since 2013. As a researcher at Bruil Prefab Printing, his professional focus is on industrializing this technology in connection with emerging architectural practice and workflows.

Eric Barendse
  • Automation Now and in the future from the perspective of recent graduate Florin Ghimicj.

Florin is a Civil Engineering graduate from London South Bank University, studying the possible BIM and Blockchain fusion at the design phase of the construction process. His research is mainly focusing on Information Management and Delivery, and Automation in the AEC industry. He pleads for Blockchain as being a technology that could build a trustworthy network in the construction space which would subsequently lead to a more efficient and automated industry. 

Florin Ghimicj

Episode Five – Coming October 29th

Be sure to tune in for our next episode on October 29th, 2020, which will be a BIM Paraxis episode. This episode will be curated by BILT Academy correspondent Julia as she explores the topic of decentralization with the help of industry experts.

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The BILT Academy Podcast -Episode Three – BIM at School

On Thursday, August 27th Episode Three of the BILT Academy Podcast went live.

Our Third episode is a timely episode that has been curated by our BILT Academy correspondent Daniel. This month’s podcast is a Science and Academic podcast, and in it, Daniel interviews two industry experts about the topic of BIM at school

In this episode, we will explore the future of technologies in Education and educating about future technologies. We will review these aspects from different angles with the help of out two remarkable interviewees. We will not only reflect on the future but also visit the past as well as capturing the moment, especially how remote education and its tools not only hold the promise in unprecedented circumstances but also enhances the digital divide.

 Michael McGuire, an Architectural Technologist with 19 years’ experience in the design and delivery of Digital Construction education.  He is passionate about education as his students have twice won the WorldSkills UK National BIM competition and his college course just won the BIM Show Live, best BIM Training Programme! 

On the back of all this success, Michael was recently appointed as the Training Manager for the WorldSkills UK BIM Squad and is responsible for the training of team UK’s BIM competitors at WorldSkills in Shanghai in 2021 and since we held our last physical event in Scotland back in October 2019, we have continued to work closely with Michael and his colleagues at the New College Lanarskhire in Motherwell 

300Michael McGuire
  • The digitalization of education for the AEC industry with Martin Taurer of LivingRoomCraftZ. Martin is a recovering architect and head of technology at LivingRoomCraftZ in the Netherlands. Martin’s profound and in-depth knowledge of multi-interdisciplinary processes and technologies not only keeps him in demand as guest lecturer on prestigious universities throughout Europe, he also holds a permanent role at local faculties such as the Hanze with a focus on BIM methodologies. 
Martin Taurer

Episode Four – Coming September 24th

Be sure to tune in for our next episode on September 24th, 2020, which will be a Technology episode. This episode will be curated by BILT Academy correspondent David as he explores Automation within the Building Industry from different angles with the help of industry experts.

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The BILT Academy Podcast – Episode Two – Digital Twins

On Thursday, July 30th Episode Two of the BILT Academy Podcast went live.

Our second episode is a great one that has been curated by our BILT Academy correspondent Julia. This month’s podcast is a BIM Praxis podcast, and in it, Julia interviews two industry experts about the topic of Digital Twins.

During the podcast, we discuss Digitals Twins from a strategic standpoint, as well as learning the difference between a Digital As-built and a Digital Twin.

  • Digital Twins from a Strategic point of view with Cristina Savian of Be-Wise. Cristina not only holds an abundance of academic and industry pedigree, but she is also an international Agent Provocateur on the topic of Digital Twins and many other revolutionary processes within the building industry and an inspiration to all of us in her leadership role. 
Cristina Savian
  • Digital As-builts with Michael Richert of BIM6D. Michael is a certified MEP Engineer in Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) and Building Information Modelling (BIM) by Stanford University in California and the University of Applied Sciences Northwestern Switzerland. He is also an infinite source of expertise based on a successful 30 years career and a human Swiss Army Knife when tough questions need to be answered. 
Michael Richert

Episode Three – Coming August 27th

Be sure to tune in for our next episode on August 27th, 2020, which will be a Science/Academic episode. This episode will be curated by BILT Academy correspondent Daniel as he explores BIM from a science and academic point of view with the help of an industry expert.

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The BILT Academy Podcast – Episode One – BIM Technologies

On Thursday, June 25th Episode One of the BILT Academy Podcast was published.

This is our first full episode and has been curated by our BILT Academy correspondent David. This month’s podcast is a technical podcast, and in it, David interviews a brilliant cast of experts. 

During the podcast, we cover 4 topics with the help of 5 industry experts:

  • Revit 2021 with guests Desiree Mackey of GEI Consultants & Brian Mackey of BD Mackey Consulting. An international building industry power couple and an unlimited source of disciplinary knowledge and high-end expertise in structural engineering and applied technologies based in Westminster, the United States.
Desiree Mackey
Brian Mackey
Nathan Hildebrant
  • VR (Virtual Reality) with guest Johan Hanegraaf of Arkio who is based in Delft in the Netherlands. Johan is the VR expert leading the building industry in applying gamified design solutions to what VR is and how it is used within the building industry.
Johan Hanegraaf
  • AR & XR (Augmented and Mixed Reality) with guest Greg Demchak of Bentley Systems from Cambridge in the United States. Since studying computational design at the MIT school of architecture, Greg has pursued a passion for designing digital modelling interfaces for the AEC industry. His career progressed from designing for 3D simulation to 4D simulation. His most recent exploration involves moving the human-computer user experience into “mixed reality” where screens, keyboards and mice are no longer required.
Greg Demchak

Episode Two – Coming July 30th

Be sure to tune in for our next episode on July 30th, 2020, which will be a BIM Praxis episode. This episode will be curated by BILT Academy correspondent Julia as she explores Digital Twins and As-built Documentation with some industry expert interviews.

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Introducing The BILT Academy Podcast

On May 28th, 2020 The BILT Academy Podcast was born, with the publishing of Episode Zero!

Our Episode Zero was an introduction to what the BILT Academy is about and what we look forward to sharing with our audience in future episodes of the Podcast.

Our podcast will be published monthly, with each episode being filled with news, insights, and knowledge from within and around the building industry. We will be touching base on the academic, scientific, technology and BIM related topics that keep our building industry turning, so we can keep YOU the listener apprised and in the know. 

Each month the podcast will focus on one of three areas of interest: 

  1. Technology 
  2. BIM Praxis 
  3. Science/Academic 

Each episode will be thoughtfully curated, based on the topic by our BILT Acadamy correspondents via research and industry expert interviews. 

Be sure to tune in for our first full episode on June 25th, 2020, where our focus will be Technology.

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Mentor Announcement #7 & #8 Summit 2019

Dear all,

I am very excited to announce our mentors for the workshop Collaboration with IFC.

via GIPHY

Drum roll for…

Diane Ramage & Andy Waring

Diane Ramage

Background

I have 30 years construction experience gained within construction across a range of projects and sectors and as BIM Manager at Keppie Design I develop our standards and procedures to align with those of the UK, and now the international, standards, providing guidance to staff and management while ensuring over 70 Revit users have continuing software and procedure skills development.

I’ve been using BIM software and methods since 2004 and have applied them on Architectural projects ranging from small residential units to multi-million commercial and healthcare schemes, working collaboratively with all other project consultants and clients. I have been a passionate advocate of BIM collaboration throughout my career and relish the fact that every day still teaches me something new.

I’m also part of the Keppie team who develop partnerships with further education establishments since I have also previously lectured in Architectural Technology and keep in contact with the education sector, where I’ve collaborated with lecturers in course development. I’ve trained others in implementation of BIM methods, technology and software since 2004 and as a committee member of the Glasgow Revit User Group I’m a firm believer that spreading and sharing knowledge will help the wider construction industry and ultimately be beneficial to the whole industry.

Her Motivation

I take great delight in watching students engage with the subject matter and progress their understanding and skills and I believe my experience can help students put the context of their learning experience into practical use within the “real” world of the construction industry. I’m excited to be taking part in BILT Academy as a mentor because it’ll be an opportunity to share experiential knowledge and help students transition from education to the workplace with confidence in their skills.

Andy Waring

Background

I graduated from the Glasgow School of Art in 2013 and became an architect in early 2017 completing various projects across the Sports, Education and Justice sectors with a combined project value of £70M in that time. I became the BIM manager of Holmes Miller Architects in early 2018. Holmes Miller has 3 offices, in Glasgow, London and Guangzhou with just under 100 staff. I lead the development and implementation of in house standards and content aligned to international specification and provide extensive training around various standards and tools both in house and externally. I also handle most ICT related matters and specialize in research and development projects ranging from the development of fully automated model validation procedures and various tools to aid parametric design and production. I am also developing integrations between finance software and various analysis tools for the SMT. Outside of Holmes Miller, I am a committee member for the Glasgow Revit User Group (GRUG) and have previously been the chair on various industry summits.

His Motivation

With concepts such as virtual digital construction and BIM becoming mainstream, we need intelligent and motivated students with the right knowledge to be productive and push the industry into the 21st century. Industry collaboration with education is vital to ensure that students are aware and prepared to join us in dragging the construction sector into the 21st century. I am delighted to be offered to opportunity to be a BILT Academy mentor to help guide the innovators of the future.

Key Learning Objectives

01- Learn how to collaborate with IFC files within Revit and to export an IFC from Revit

  • Open an IFC using Revit and save as a Revit file
  • Link a native IFC into a Revit model
  • Export a Revit model to IFC  
  • Export formats
  • Location of Revit IFC Export mapping table
  • Simplified Export process
  • Overview of IFC advanced export settings

02- Learn about the BIM interoperability suite for classification of model elements, and to prepare your model for COBie data

  • Where to access the suite and an overview of the elements
  • Classification manager overview
  • COBie overview
  • Workflow for COBie population in Revit

03- Learn about Revit Model Checker and how to customise it to suit standards

  • Overview of Revit Model Checker
  • Why /when  use model checker
  • Example of validation process using model checker

Short Q&A

1)Where do you see the importance of collaborating with IFC? Why this kind of standards are important for the AEC industry?

Working within Architecture I’m not the greatest advocate of the IFC format, I do think it’s very important that there is a method of interoperability through an open format but I see it more as a necessary complication to my job, since not everyone works across the same software formats. Industry software providers have resisted developing their platforms on a completely open format but the need for IFC import/export adds further time and effort onto projects where fee margins (in the UK) are very tight.


Additionally IFC still is not 100% accurate, and that margin of inaccuracy leave us at risk of being subject to legal disputes, hence it’s important that we adopt a workflow and method to interact with the IFC format, and we always ensure that any output in IFC format is clearly identified as being subject to potential inaccuracy or misinterpretation by the software used to read it as is the case with all exchange formats without a native editing tool

2)Could you briefly explain the difference between Open BIM and Closed BIM approaches? What is the need and role of IFC for Open BIM approach?

Closed BIM relies on every project participant using the same software, being version specific and requires no interoperability between different software formats.  This rarely happens, since CAD, Excel, Navisworks, images would have different formats but are regularly incorporated to inform the project design.

Completely open BIM would encompass integration of all formats, in particular IFC and COBie, and this happens on most design projects, but it can be a difficult, time involved process and unless participants are familiar with good workflows and processes and have additional interoperability tools to handle the tasks involved these integrations can cause expensive delays to project progress.

An ideal open BIM world would see all software platforms linking together seamlessly using the native software platform formats, but this dream is unlikely to become reality, hence the need for tools to use IFC format and interoperability tools.

3)What is the most important message you want to give to the students after attending your workshop?

Always know the limitations of the deliverables you are signing up for, find out if they are fit for purpose and make your clients aware of this from the outset.


We’ve looked at some of the collaboration tools we use to provide our design services. They are not the essence of our design services, and regardless of how much automation and efficiency these tools provide, never underestimate the need for your design individuality, your thought and intellect, your expertise to inform any construction project. They say a bad worker blames his tools, instead be the expert worker who simply uses the tools to enhance inspired design.

Mentor Announcement #5 & #6 Summit 2019

Very excited to announce this year mentors for the workshop Reality Capture. As recognized mentors of last year BILT Academy Summit 2018, they are back again and committed to present and teach students in scan to BIM workflows.

Drum roll for …

Conor Shaw & Kelly Cone!

CONOR SHAW

Background

Conor is a veteran BILT Europe speaker, Edinburgh to be his fourth appearance. As part of the panel discussion on standards in Delft 2013, he spoke about BIM implementation for small companies. In Aarhus, he presented work on scan-to-BIM applied to historic buildings and was rated a top 10 speaker. This was followed up in Ljubljana with some further work into the world of reality capture and BIM. This year he’ll be taking a different track and running a roundtable discussion, digesting the UNFCCC global climate talks and their effect on our industry. Trained as a construction engineer, in 2016 he received his M.Sc in Construction and Real Estate Management from the HTW Berlin. He established Shaw Architectural Solutions in 2014 which offers BIM consultancy services worldwide with clients include Engineers in Berlin, Surveyors in Belfast, Contractors in New York and Architects and private clients in Helsinki. Recently Conor has been involved in establishing a network of professionals with a shared vision of promoting ecological building practices and is currently in the middle of building a 185m2 guesthouse in Finland from wood, straw and clay.

His Motivation 

The BILT Academy mentorship programme is a very positive development of what the BILT conference is about. I have been involved previously with the European Architecture Student’s Assembly, a similar non-profit organisation, and am well aware of the benefits such experiences give to a student in the construction field. The unforeseen outcomes of involvement with an event like this such as; contacts made, experiences gained and personal truths challenged, can be greatly beneficial. In my own experience, it was the ‘extra curriculars’ in which I was involved (and not necessarily university attendance), which, in hind-sight, has had the greatest impact on my professional development. Therefore I see such a program as a very positive undertaking and am delighted to be involved again in Edinburgh!

KELLY CONE

Background

I am passionate about process and technology innovation and how they can change industries and people’s lives. My education is in architectural design and documentation, but my experience within the AEC space is far more varied.

I have implemented various practice technologies into design, estimating, and construction teams and workflows; worked on amazing projects such as the SaRang Global Ministry center in Seoul as a designer, and Renzo Piano’s addition to the Louis Kahn Kimbell Art Museum as a contractor; and have had the privilege of growing and leading one of the most talented VDC & Process Innovation teams in the industry.

Those experiences have taught me there is a better way to create our built environment, and I want to make that way become a reality. As a first step in that journey, I have joined ClearEdge3D to help them develop the tools necessary for design and construction firms to get the most out of reality capture within the AEC industry, with the goal of closing the gap between the virtual and real world.

Motivation

Our education system so often holds up individuals as heroes of design or industry. Piano, Gehry, Calatrava, Gates, Musk, etc… In reality, the changes these people are credited with took hundreds or even thousands of people working towards a similar vision. And a lot of the effort wasn’t people working for those luminaries, it was people in adjacent companies or even industries that made their own impacts that made it easier for those luminaries to succeed. It was all the people on similar paths that lent legitimacy to their efforts. The individuals we hear about are those with the best timing, the most successful, the most well-known, but they are not the titular super-hero entrepreneur that single-handedly changed the world…

That is why programs like this are so important. If you want to change a profession, or an industry, you need to start a revolution. Revolutions happen on the backs of thousands of small but important decisions, and most often happen when new people enter a profession with a passion for how that profession should be. So, by empowering new architects, engineers, builders, and fabricators with the knowledge and the tools to enact the changes our industry needs – each of us can have an outsized impact on pushing change forward. And while none of us may be that person that becomes famous for re-inventing how buildings are made, at least we’ll have played a critical part in making it possible.

KEY LEARNING OBJECTIVES

01-Gain a practical understanding of reality capture and scan-to-BIM technologies

Reality capture: various tools rapidly becoming standard in the AEC industry, and Scan-to-BIM: an emerging technology which bridges one of the most challenging gaps in the industry. The mentors will digest the state-of-the-art for you by putting current trends and technologies into easy to understand terms. Past experience and example projects will be used to convey this KLO.

02-Learn to effectively use semi-automated scan-to-BIM software (Edgewise 3D)

In this lab, we will be getting our hands dirty with various pieces of software such as Autodesk ReCap and Edgewise 3D. We will work on a recently scanned project and participants will get simple instructions from the experts on how to best utilize the strengths of scan-to-BIM software. 

03-Become familiar with benefits and the limitations of such software.

Semi-automated scan-to-BIM software is unquestionably the epitome of bleeding-edge technology, and thus, limitations to the capabilities persist. We will explain what these are and how best to select tools and commands to get the best results from the software. 

QnA

  1. Where do you see the (real) benefits of reality capture in the AECO industry?
    There is a massive gap in the industry in getting survey/scan data into usable formats for designers engineers and constructors. This is scan-to-BIM. it’s not perfect and certainly not applicable to every project (due to cost, scalability, organic shapes etc.). It is almost always the case that larger organizations will make the best use of such technology so its use seems to be most concentrated in industrial and energy projects (with lots and lots of pipes and structure). I believe that such functionality will eventually become a standard output of reality computer technology. 
  2. As we know, there are multiple technical methods for the creation of point clouds, such as pictures or scans. Regarding your experience in the real world practice, which one of these methods is mostly used and why?
    Creating point clouds from pictures (photogrammetry) and from laser scans (LiDAR) are both perfectly good methods and have their individual advantages and drawbacks. Photogrammetry can be quick and dirty, with generally far lower resolution, while LiDAR can be super accurate but tends to come in at a cost often numerous times that of the alternative. Sorry to say, but it depends. In my opinion, we are moving more towards; cheap, automated as far as possible, and sufficient technology use. One can obtain sufficient results from a scanner at a 10th of the cost of having excellent quality. Probably awareness of the levels of resolution and their related costs will become more widely known in the industry and general public.  
  3. To what extent do you consider scan-to-BIM processes to be integrated into real-world projects and where could they be improved in the future, taking into account the latest technological developments in the digitalization of heritage buildings.
    Well as far as heritage and how well is it integrated there, I’d have to say very very minimally. I think that probably not much more than research projects are using this technology in built heritage with some exceptions (Kelly can probably point you to some). How they could be improved? Have the technology taken up and developed as a public good. We need this type of technology to advance so that we can effectively document our built heritage and assist in its maintenance while it’s still here. As always, if we leave it in corporate hands, it will move towards profit, which is inevitably in massive-scale projects and never in heritage. 
  4. How do you see the scan-to-BIM technology in the future usage of digital replicas, so-called digital twins, of real-estate (buildings) or infrastructure assets? 
    Simply as a part of the process to develop these digital twins. 
  5. What is the most important message you want to give to the students after attending your workshop?
    My message would be mostly on the networking and participation side. I think it’s great that they all come here. Participating in such events is the key to effective early professional development and keeps things fun at the same time while continuously learning. Another message might be ‘learn how to learn technology’. Things are moving so fast now that you cannot expect your university to give you the tools you will need 5 or 10 years later. Become a life long learner. 


Mentor Announcement #4 Summit 2019

Hi there.

It is my pleasure to announce the fourth mentor who is going to lead the workshop Project Management in OpenBIM.

David Delgado Vendrell

Biography

David is an architect (MSc. Arch) by ETSAV (UPC, Polytechnic University of Catalonia), and CEO of DDV (since 2004), a BIM consultancy especially focused on implementing this technology in the public sector and also private companies working in the different stages of the asset life-cycle.

He is a specialist in the use of the ARCHICAD platform and the fostering of openBIM. He is the Director of the Master’s in BIM Management (en, es, pt) of ZIGURAT, Global Institute of Technology, and also collaborates as a lecturer in other BIM educational programs. He is an active member of the BIM User Group of Catalonia (GuBIMCat). He is a member and the Vice-President in Design Area of buildingSMART Spanish Chapter, to whom he represented in the recently closed IUG (International User Group) of buildingSMART International. He also collaborates in the “We Build the Future” Commission of ITEC in Catalonia, in the representation of the CoAC, the national Architects Association. He has co-authored the BIM classification system “GuBIMclass”, an initiative of GuBIMCat and Infraestructures de Catalunya.

Motivation

We are professionals, with a technical background and rational approach, from a sector immersed in the process of digitization that other industries already addressed years ago.

To embrace this challenge, we undoubtedly should face the involvement of the most critical resource for this process to be successful: people!

In this sense, my primary motivation to be part of BILT Academy as a mentor is to push for the combination of these two aspects: technical and human. For many years now, BIM talks about collaboration. But, most of the times, people don’t have an appropriate response to those collaboration expectations due to a lack of suitable communication skills.

As a person who also loves communication and social interaction, BILT Academy becomes the ideal environment to explore and enhance this aspect: young professionals, highly qualified, interested in innovation and with the desire for real collaboration. It will be a pleasure to be part of it!

KLO1 – The basic of processes within the framework of buildingSMART standards

• Learn which are the main buildingSMART standards, especially about Data and Processes.

• Understand the basics of IDM (Information Delivery Manual), as the international standard for defining the information that should be exchanged between project participants in the AEC project lifecycle.

• Learn the basics of Process Mapping, exchange requirements and BPMN as the standard to represent which is defined in an IDM.

KLO2 – Agile and Scrum as an alternative for an openBIM project management

• Understand how concurrent engineering processes can help to have a suitable response to changes in BIM design stages.

• Learn the basics of Agile Methodology

• Learn in detail what is Scrum and Kanban, as agile approaches: definitions, team members, ceremonies, artifacts, hierarchies, board examples and metrics.

KLO3 – Applying Scrum and Kanban to an openBIM workflow using visual web-based tools

• Learn how to apply Scrum and Kanban methods in digital cloud-based boards, as Trello.

• Explore the main features of Scrum and its relation with usual BIM design workflows using Trello boards, triggers and other complementary tools.

• BIM projects use case.

At the end of this class, students will comprehend and apply how the Agile methodology combined with BIM workflows, instead of a system based on strict rules to develop their designs, becomes a support guide, as alternative project management to their future projects, where the value is the primary goal of the client.

QnA

What does openBIM mean to you? In which way is it different from closedBIM workflows in the AEC industry?

We can define openBIM as basically an approach based on BIM collaborative processes in which data exchanges occur using open and neutral standards (not proprietary). ClosedBIM processes are wrongly seen as the opposite of openBIM ones. Beyond that controversial binomial, there is a distinctive border, which is the one between native environments (editable ones) vs QC environments (at least, read-only). When we are producing deliverables from BIM authoring platforms, our environment is mostly native. If there is some workflow in which we are using some open standards (such as IFC or BCF), then we could say that there is an openBIM collaborative framework. In my opinion, the “model as a reference” approach, in which openBIM is based, should be the critical point of any BIM collaborative process which must assure and guarantee authorship, data access across the life cycle and data quality-driven results.

To combine technology and humanity, you are planning on using appropriate communication/collaboration methods, based on openBIM standards eg buildingSmart standards. in what way are they different/more efficient compared to conventional standards/closed BIM workflows?

In my opinion, one of the fields in which openBIM, and especially the use of IFC, enables the best performance is in Quality Control within the framework of BIM coordination processes. Many of BIM technicians are applying excellent QA methods within their native environments. Nonetheless, BIM authoring tools can hide or disrupt some results due to their own internal data architecture. In that sense, we can produce or export these data into an IFC Schema-based models; in other words, a neutral and non-propietary file, to validate them. That enables us to put the QC focus on specific standardized property subsets, without the risk of dealing with native misleading data. And this is where a consistent Information Delivery Plan (IDM, another openBIM standard) is needed, which documents exchanges of information in a project.

In which steps/phases of a project do you see the most relevant usage of project management tools, such as Scrum and Kanban?

Design stage, whether in early phases or more advanced ones, is the suitable one to apply Agile methodologies. The results of this stage are the ones in which the client (or the owner) has the biggest expectation. Although designers start their projects with an initial quite-well defined project requirements, it is usually a phase exposed to high levels of changes during the whole period. Agile methodologies enable those professionals to interact in a more flexible, efficient and effective way, not just among the team, but especially with the client.

What is the most important message you want to hand over to the students attending your lab?

Whether if we are good creating a well-performed work breakdown structures in response and following apparent immutable client requirements, what I would like to show that it is quite easy to change our habits. And it starts with ourselves, in our daily practices using friendly tools within the framework of more flexible collaborative practices. We need to adapt our procedures using BIM, as methodology based on digital technologies, in combination with client-oriented project management approaches if we think that value is the crucial factor which client prioritize.