Deliverable 1.1:

Report on the state of art of design process and tools

Public report released

The ELASSTIC project aims to provide a blue print for how to design a secure and large scale multifunctional building complex, called ELASSTIC-complex.
In order to be consistent with common practice, a survey regarding the state of the art design process and tools used around Europe has been carried out, the results of which are reported in this document.

It concerns aspects from the point of view of the architect and the engineer of how the process is currently practiced and also the use of BIM and how it is implemented into that process. As a result a common base has been obtained from which the whole team can start their step beyond the state of the art.


Executive summary part 1 – Design processes

The design process is the course of (planned) actions in any project that involves the design and the creation of an object or concept by a number of different actors. In the field of construction, the process needs to be defined clearly in order that each member involved can understand the part that he/she plays.

In order to define the design proces s that is to be followed in our project ELASSTIC, we have established the \'state of the art\' design process used in and around Europe and, where necessary, established the differences of the process in the various countries.

Information on the different processes in a selection of countries has therefore been gathered in this report, the differences recognised and a common process decided up on which will be used by the ELASSTIC Design Team in the future work packages.


Executive summary part 2 – State of the art BIM

The common understanding about BIM is that it is a Building Information technology. For the remainder there are many different views and opinions about BIM, resulting in different usage, as has been illustrated by the survey. Results show that Spain and France are less developed when it comes to BIM use in construction projects. Differences are large on the general definition of BIM, the utilization of BIM in practice and the current tools and methods. Respondents from Germany and the Netherlands are more familiar with the use of BIM in projects and are familiar with the state of art tools and methods.

One reason for this result can be found in the fact that the use of BIM is mandatory in large governmental projects in the Netherlands. In order to safeguard a common baseline/ general starting point for an integral BIM process for the design of the ELASSTIC complex all differences put forward in this report should be taken into account at the start of work package 2, the design of the ELASSTIC Complex.

Clearly, and this can be taken generally, not all project partners are equipped with the same level of knowledge and experience when it comes to BIM. The project partners equipped with the most present knowledge of BIM should take the other partners by the hand and guide them in the BIM process. After all, in the end the consortium has to deliver one product.


Read the Deliverable D1.1


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