The BIMclay project is, in its nature, the production and development of multimedia materials based on BIM and taking into account challenges related to LCA (Life Cycle Analysis) of clay products, to be used as training material for both VET students and professionals in the sector, in order to satisfy a series of main objectives.
It is necessary to define and compile the most appropriate methods for placing clay products using the latest BIM technologies, those which bring high levels of effectiveness, starting from the local traditional methods, but comparing them, selecting the best ones for any specific clay product, and incorporating them into the curricula of the training organisations in the sector, both for initial training and for continuous training.
Taking advantage of this situation of raising the BIM tool in countries with scope of our consortium, and also counting on a partner of a leading country and precursor of this tool, we consider that a perfect framework for the realisation of this project is created with the firm purpose to make education more plausible in the processes of placement and execution of clay products.
Life Cycle Thinking implies a form of global analysis that not only includes the traditional parameters (manufacturing and production), but also considering all the processes that take place throughout its life cycle (from the cradle to the grave). In this way, the hidden impacts surface and the transfer of loads is avoided; Helping to make decisions and identify options.
Institutions such as the United Nations Environment Program (through the UNEP-SETAC Life Cycle Initiative) or the European Commission (through the European Platform for LCA) promote its application for the environmental improvement of products and processes in all sector, including construction.
The idea of the proposal has arisen from the conclusions of different meetings of the European associations, aimed to solve the multiple demands of the national associations whose member companies, were aware that the placement has a big influence in the market of the clay products manufactured products, giving an extra value to the product, when it is placed following the best practices, or making it looks like an “unsuitable” material, when the placement procedures are not the proper ones.
Associação Portuguesa das Indústrias de Cerâmica e de Cristalaria (Portugal)
Centro Tecnológico da Cerâmica e do Vidro (Portugal)
Hispalyt- Asociación Española de Fabricantes (Spain)
Asociación Empresarial de Investigación Centro Tecnológico del Mármol, Piedra y Materiales (Spain)
Institute of Entrepreneurship Development IED (Greece)