BIM 2019

3rd International Conference on Building Information Modelling (BIM) in Design, Construction and Operations


9- 11 October 2019
Seville, Spain


BIM 2019

The 3rd International Conference on Building Information Modelling (BIM) in Design, Construction and Operations took place in Seville, Spain. The Conference was organised by the Wessex Institute, UK, represented by Professor Patrick De Wilde, the University of Alicante, Spain, represented by Professor Antonio Galiano Garrigos and the University of the West of England, UK, represented by Professor Lamine Mahdjoubi.

The conference, which started in Bristol, UK in 2015, is well-established and always attracts a wide international spread of delegates. BIM provides value creation collaboration through the entire life-cycle of a built environment asset, underpinned by the data attached to it. They offer project teams, collaborative tools and opportunities for new communication structures.

Opening of the Conference

The conference was opened by the Chairs Patrick De Wilde, Antonio Galiano Garrigos and Lamine Mahdjoubi who welcomed the delegates to the conference, before paying tribute to the founder of the Wessex Institute, the late Prof Carlos A Brebbia.

Professor Patrick De Wilde then mentioned that the main object of WIT is the dissemination of knowledge, with particular emphasis on science and engineering. Another way in which this is achieved is by the publication of papers from conferences and Journals, through its publishing arm, WIT Press.

Invited Presentations

Professor Lamine Mahdjoubi gave a Keynote Address titled “Transition from building information modelling to building knowledge management: benefits and challenges” during the first morning of the conference.

In addition to the Keynote Address, there were a series of invited lectures on advanced topics of research and applications, as follows:

  • “Rewarding performance in construction”, by James Harty, Copenhagen School of Design & Technology, Denmark
  • “BIM and lean construction interactions: a state-of-the-art review”, by Antonio Galiano Garrigos and Maria Dolores Andujar Montoya, University of Alicante, Spain
  • “Computational BIM for green retrofitting of existing building envelope”, by Yaik Wah Lim, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, Malaysia

Conference Sessions

The papers presented during the conference were classified under the following headings:

  • BIM and automation in construction
  • BIM in building operation and maintenance
  • BIM and sustainability
  • BIM standards
  • BIM and cultural heritage

There were numerous occasions for holding informal discussions during the coffee breaks and the complimentary lunches provided.

Conference Publication

Papers presented at this conference will appear in Vol. 192 of the WIT Transactions on The Built Environment (ISSN 1743-3509). Papers presented at the meeting will be available Open Access in the eLibrary of the Wessex Institute ( from where they can be freely downloaded by any interested parties.

Following the conference, delegates will be invited to submit an enhanced version of their conference paper to be considered for publication in one of our International Journals.

Conference Dinner

The Conference dinner took place at Restaurante Oriza, where the participants could enjoy local dishes, including fresh fish and traditional Spanish dessert known as ‘Tarta de Santiago’. The evening was particularly appreciated by the participants.

Closing of the Conference

The conference was closed by Professor Patrick De Wilde, who thanked the delegates for attending and hoped that they would consider attending the next conference in the series which is due to be reconvened in 2021.

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