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Beyond BIM

Connecting BIM models with simulation, sensor, GIS, heritage and FM data

open symposium
9 December 2015
Ghent, Belgium

Now that uptake of BIM tools and methods in the architectural design and construction industry is starting to increase, it is time to look beyond the horizon of BIM and see how building information modelled in BIM environments can be combined with information coming from other domains. In this symposium, we will look into the combination of BIM with simulation, sensor, GIS, heritage, product and FM data. We particularly welcome contributions that start outside BIM (simulation, sensor, GIS, heritage, product and FM data) and aim at bringing their data to the architectural designer and construction expert. Contributions are welcomed that look into the technical aspects of combining BIM information with other information, as well as position statements regarding future applications and research directions.




Léon van Berlo, TNO, Netherlands


Building Information Modelling
BIM integration with Geospatial Data (GIS)
H-BIM – historic building information modelling
Linked Building Data and Semantic Web Technologies
Information Exchange beyond BIM
Lifecycle Assessment (LCA) and Lifecycle Cost (LCC)
BIM data for Facility Management (FM)
Design and Decision Support Systems
Integration in Smart Cities
Smart Sensing Technologies
Game engines, Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality


9:00 Welcome and coffee
9:30 Pieter Pauwels & Stefan Boeykens - Introduction (presentation)
10:00 Léon van Berlo - Keynote (presentation)
11:00 Session 1 - Industrial morning
  1. Paulus Present - BIM experiences in Bureau Bouwtechniek, Antwerp (presentation)
  2. Peggy Bovens - Beneath BIM (presentation)
  3. Peter Imbrechts - Integrated BIM: Align information within projects (and between projects)
12:30 Lunch break
13:30 Session 2 - BIM in the building life-cycle
  1. François Denis - The BIM handbook (presentation)
  2. Waldo Galle, Niels De Temmerman & Ronald De Meyer - Scenario Modelling for life-cycle analyses, an explorative use of conventional 3D BIM (presentation)
  3. Ruben Van de Walle, Pieter Vandewalle & Mieke Maes - Possibilities of adding Facility Management specific data into BIM in early Design Phases (presentation)
  4. Evelien Dirix - Historic Building Information Modelling (HBIM) as a potential tool for adaptive reuse (presentation)
14:45 Break
15:15 Session 3 - Re-use of BIM data
  1. Koenraad Nys, Stefan Boeykens - A BIM Dashboard for the European Investment Bank: evolving towards BIM Level 3
  2. Stijn Van Schaijk - Introducing: BIM based process mining (presentation)
  3. Mario Matthys - Combining 3D-geodata, BIM and serious gaming
  4. Marc Dankers - Exploration of the results of the Eindhoven AEChack (presentation)
17:00 Plenary concluding session: Looking Beyond BIM (presentation)
18:00 End


View of Gent

The Beyond BIM symposium takes place in the premises of the Ghent City Museum (STAM), more particularly in conference room "Hert van Maria". More information about the STAM can be found at Practical information about the route towards the museum can be found at Please note that there is no private parking lot for STAM visitors. The STAM is in walking distance from the train station Gent-Sint-Pieters and from the city center. Participants who intend to come by car are advised to park in the public parking garage underneath the Saint-Peter Square (Sint-Pietersplein), or, even better, simply in the streets around the STAM museum (Jozef Kluyskensstraat or Bijlokekaai).

STAM museum


The submission system is now closed.


There is no registration cost. Coffee and lunch are sponsored by Bureau Bouwtechniek and Ghent University. The registration system is now closed. The list of participants can be found at


Pieter Pauwels, UGent SmartLab, Department of Architecture and Urban Planning, Ghent University (

Stefan Boeykens, Architectural Engineering, KULeuven (


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