Heembouw ‘getting BIM information TO the site’


Heembouw is a Dutch, award-winning construction company with a specialization in building sustainable distribution centres. Heembouw employs 300 people and has a yearly turnover of 150 million Euros. Every project is done with BIM and they have an in-house architectur-al/modelling department. Heembouw has built a digital (BIM-based) reference building (named ‘mini DC’) to house all their reference details.
The goal of this Field Lab was to improve supplier/subcontractor work quality by improving their skills through tailored information delivery from a BIM. We applied the BIMplement statement that better information leads to better skilled people. This in turn leads to better work quality, thus in a better building (performance). Through tailored information delivery subcontractors are better equipped with knowledge and skills to deliver better work quality. This is also called Qualification based Task Information Management.

Type of training BIM
Total number of companies involved 4
Total number of participants 14
White Collars 4
Blue Collars 10
Duration (days) 1.5


ULC Installatiegroep ‘Getting BIM information FROM the site’

ULC is a Dutch, multidisciplinary installation company with a specialization in building and main-taining sustainable buildings. They mainly work on buildings with complex installation systems. ULC is very socially engaged and employs over 330 people with an unknown yearly turnover. Most projects are done in BIM and the engineering department has 20 BIM modellers and a BIM coordinator. The company has a department for quality surveying with 2 quality inspectors.

The biggest challenge for ULC is to build and maintain electrical and HVAC-systems in an effec-tive and efficient way.

The goal of this Field Lab was to get better information about executability from site workers back to the engineering department. This pilot field lab therefor concentrated on getting feedback (on the IFC model) from blue collar workers, so white collar workers can build better (i.e. usable) models. 

Summary table from the Pilot Field lab setup at ULC
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