Member of the week: Mickael AUQUE, BIM coordinator at AIA
We are continuing our weekly interview series "Member of the week"started last month, we are pleased to discover in this 5éme edition one of the first members of the hexaBIM community: Mickaël AUQUE ! Having nearly 12 years of experience in companies and agencies such as Norpac affiliate Bouygues-Construction et AIA, mastering all aspects of BIM from training to deployment, we will discover his background, his "full BIM" projects, his favorite tools, we will especially discover the role of the BIM coordinator or BIM manager if you prefer and his 8 main missions !
And because there is not only BIM in life and that we are on vacation, a small extract from one of his recent extra-professional activities as a bonus!
Hello Mickaël, pto start how did you get into the world of BIM?
Like many I fell into it naturally, it was a logical development for me.
With building training, my first hand drawings were replaced by software like AutoCad and we were talking about the CAD revolution. Then when I entered the world of work, AutoDesk had just bought Revit and the very idea of working in 3D seemed essential to me for understanding the work to be done.
Except that at that time nobody was considering 3D in the building world; Anyway, in parallel with my job I continued to play with Revit and train myself while keeping the idea that one day we will come!
A few years ago, working at Bouygues, they tested 3D software and that's when it really started for me.
What BIM projects have you worked on and what were your missions?
First of all, I wouldn't speak of BIM, but of work in 3D, because for me BIM is the fact that bridges exist between the various professions, their respective software, and to avoid unwanted re-entry.
So my first Revit 3D project and the beginnings of BIM were on the Amiens University Hospital ; with a challenge to do everything on Revit with the final objective of producing all the files by premises.
We were a small team to model in 3D based on the DWGs of the various BETs. From the structure, plasterwork, joinery, ...
In view of the possibilities of the tool, BIM naturally invited itself to produce orders for supplies such as door units. Then the summary bringing together the maximum number of contributors: BIM was there!
A Challenge followed to deploy Revit on housing projects at Norpac (North branch of Bouygues).
The basic idea of industrializing the building trade was quickly compared to the aeronautics trade, where 3D has been present for decades, so I took on the task of creating templates, families of objects as well as the implementation of modeling methodology according to the company's processes.
Bouygues being a National company, I renewed this mission at DV-Construction Sud-Ouest subsidiary of Bouygues by adapting methods and requirements to local habits.
In addition to my work at Bouygues, having done my last years of study atIUP of the Littoral de Calais (62), I was there as a Revit trainer. With the idea of properly training the tool in the project execution process.
Now I work at AIA in Lyon as BIM coordinator.
One of my flagship projects isENS of Saclay, in Engineering at AIA and Architecture by Renzo Piano.
At AIA we are in charge of the structure, fluids (HVAC, Electricity, ..), technical furniture, Synthesis and monitoring of BIM site
A second important project for the Lyon agency is the future Toulouse clinic :
100% AIA project and full BIM in Revit to create a set of 3 buildings for 52500m² on 7 levels; 8 Revit models.
Up to the sheets by typical premises:
Tell us about your role as BIM coordinator or BIM manager!
I will first introduce you AIA (Architects and Associated Engineers), it is a company bringing together architects and engineers.
The range of professions is very wide: architects, Structure, HVAC, Plumbing, Smoke extraction, Electricity, VRD, Landscapers, Economy, Exterior and interior planning, synthesis, facade engineering, Environment, Energy, Site monitoring and Project management. Everyone spread over all of France in 8 agencies.
AIA has been making the switch to digital mock-up and BIM for several years and you can easily imagine that with so many stakeholders in various professions working throughout the life of projects, the transition to BIM is a large-scale project.
My position is therefore the BIM Coordinator for the Lyon agency.
My missions are:
- guarantee the correct production of the models and their contents
- train users
- be the technical support on the use of the software and the different gateways
- Coordinate models between each business
- Develop, deploy and ensure “BIM” processes
- Ensure liaison with stakeholders outside AIA
- Develop tools to improve the daily life of users
- Be technologically ahead to provide new solutions in all our action plans
There are 3 people with the same role Emilie Melodia in Nantes, Mourad Balit and Gregoire Putteman in Paris.
We always hear about BIM Manager and a lot of people who touch a little what BIM Manager says….
Personally, the role of the Coordinator is closer to users, to their problems and to production constraints.
A role that suits me perfectly!
What are your favorite software and extensions? What do you think of the future of OPEN BIM?
Regarding software, I've been using it for 12 years now Revit and Autodesk software such as (as little as possible) AutoCad, NavisWorks, Robot and recently Dynamo. For the extensions, we obviously have some "personal" ones, but not only; BIMOne provided free of charge, CGS Revit Tools is one of those that impressed me the most for its value for money.
THEOpenBIM, I am waiting, the principle of a common and standardized language is attractive; With l'IFC we will be able to communicate regardless of the software. There is still a lot to do in the definitions of the IFC but also in the integration by each publisher.
What do you want to do with your BIM career?
BIM is just a fashionable term to express the basic principle of any profession: simple communication through the actors around the same project. If the building industry needs a profile like mine to successfully communicate, then why not :)
You were among the first members to join hexaBIM, you are very active and your interventions are quite relevant, what do you think of this community and its evolution?
For me HexaBIM is a community that is built on discussions and relevant themes. I believe in it and it is up to us, visitors and participants, to be a force for subjects to improve our daily life and our future.
One last word ?
To conclude, Thank you for this moment and allow me to talk about a discreet job in BIM which is nevertheless important to me.