Time to go in-depth

bimcast by Catenda is a podcast series on open BIM and the possibilities of digitizing the construction industry. We will invite knowledgeable and inspiring guests to talk about topics related to open BIM, digitization and open international standards in the world of construction and infrastructure. This series is part of our ongoing efforts to make the construction industry worldwide ready for the work processes and digital flow of the future.

Most of the episodes will be in English, but if they on occasion are in Norwegian, an English version of the content will be available on our website.

Episode 1 - BIM in Local Government
(Episode 1 is in Norwegian) Gjest i denne episoden er Jürgen Spindler. Han er forvaltningsleder og seniorrådgiver for BIM-forvaltning, drift, vedlikehold og utvikling i Ullensaker kommune. Jürgen er en ildsjel som får til mye av lite, han er nettverksorientert og løfter alltid fram andre underveis. Dette har gjort ham til en av de aller fremste innenfor digitaliseringsprosesser i kommune-Norge. I podcasten snakker han om sin digitaliseringsreise så langt, og deler også sine beste tips og gir konkrete innspill til hvordan andre digitaliseringsentusiaster der ute kan komme i gang.
Episode 1 is in Norwegian.
Read the English translation here.
Ep 1 in English
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Jürgen Spindlers´s tips for enthusiasts in local government
1) Make sure you have good helpers, and that you have competent people around you.
2) Keep it simple. A complex language and many acronyms prevents understanding and communication.
3) Plan with all parties involved: politicians, direct users, bureaucrats and inhabitants.
4) Visualise the possibilities, think lifecycle span when planning. Construction costs are only 10%.
5) Learn from others, ask around. Standardise the demands for digital requirements to all suppliers.
Episode 2 - France vs Norway on the construction site
Is a construction site the same thing in Norway and France when it comes to digital tools and BIM? How does the approach to digital processes in the construction phase in these two countries differ from one another? What can we learn from each other in terms of best practice? Are there fundamental differences that exist because of law, regulations and culture? How do France and Norway fit into the global picture? We have invited two people with deep construction experience, Julien Benoit from French Legendre and Rupert Hanna from Norwegian Byggtjeneste (earlier at SKANSKA) to share their thoughts and compare experiences.
Episode 2 is in English.
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Ep 2 in English
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BIM construction site tips 
1) Get involved. This is part of a learning process. Start using the available tools. Start demanding models on projects.
2) Companies and people who are not active part of the digitisation will be out of the game. Stay in, stay active.
3) Think models. Stop thinking drawings. Start making models of your trade, whatever you do.
4) Share information. Collaboration is key in digitization. Don’t take no for an answer, get that model.
Episode 3 is in Norwegian.
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Ramon´s top tips for massive site transformations
1) Use open formats to think long term: open BIM and IFC standards.
2) Be creative when integrating modern technology into existing facilities.
3) The owner must have a BIM strategy.
4) Balance the expectations with the existing national marked maturity.
5) Ask the market for help to find a common technological ground.
6) Make a project that is open to the world in all respects to share the knowledge.
Interested in exploring more?

Get in touch, we are happy to talk to you about your digitisation issues for your project.

BIM in local government - 
the enthusiast´s challenge
What is lifecycle BIM
buildingSMART Data Dictionary - a practical breakdown
Sustainability by BIM -  best practices