Construction in the digital age

Construction in the digital age | ÉTS Montréal

Monday, September 24, 2018

Last week, ÉTS introduced the new Industrial Research Chair on the Integration of Digital Construction Technologies, successor to the renowned Pomerleau Industrial Research Chair. Professor Daniel Forgues and his team, along with a number of collaborators and partners of the new Chair, took advantage of the occasion to retrace the steps that the construction industry has taken over a relatively short period, and discuss the significant transformations to come.

Pride in a job well done

The Pomerleau Chair, which concluded its mandate in December 2017, successfully mobilized leaders in the construction industry to bring about a crucial realization: the industry was falling behind and was at risk of missing the digital revolution. It’s not hard to imagine the consequences of such a failure for a sector that represents more than $40 B in annual investment and sustains more than 400,000 direct and indirect jobs. It’s just as easy to imagine the repercussions on Québec society as a whole.

Three letters that speak volumes

The revolution that is currently transforming the industry can be summarized in three letters: BIM. Building Information Modeling is a construction method based on the use of multi-dimensional computer modeling. This approach not only allows for documentation of the design of a building, but also simulates the performance, construction and operation of the building. One of the major advantages of BIM is that it facilitates direct cooperation among all stakeholders: clients, architects, engineers, contractors, asset management specialists, etc.

Agents of change

Pierre Pomerleau is one of the foremost leaders in the industry who understood the seriousness of the situation. He is also one of the first to have systematically used integrated design, and more importantly, BIM. In his opinion, the results exceeded his expectation: “BIM turned us into overachievers, allowed us to win requests for proposals and be more efficient in our execution. BIM took Pomerleau to another level.” Simply put, it was the level of the future.

 

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First row: Stéphane Coudry (Group TEQ), Claire Samson (ÉTS), Pierre Dumouchel (ÉTS), Jean Rochette (Ville de Québec), Daniel Forgues (ÉTS), Martin Jacques (Pomerleau), Anik Mandalian (Provencher Roy), Souha Tahrani (Aedifica)

Second row: Franck Murat (BIMOne), Samer Jarmak (Group TEQ), Louis Tremblay (Ville de Québec), Karine Duguay (CIMA+), Simon Leclerc Granger (Group TEQ), Yassine Ben Jemaa (Group TEQ), Daniel Barbeau (Canam), Sébastien Frénette (Provencher Roy), Jean-François Lapointe (BIMOne), Mathieu St-Gelais (TBC)

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