Finalists Are Unveiled for Eiffel Tower BIM Remodel
Michael Molitch-Hou posted on May 04, 2018 |

This past March, it was announced that Autodesk would be working with the City of Paris to redesign the area surrounding the Eiffel Tower using building information modeling (BIM). The partners have now announced the four teams that will be competing to renovate the space: Gustafson Porter + Bowman + BIM Services; AL_A + Quatorze-igAgenceter + Arcadis; and KOZ Architectes.

In time for the 2024 Summer Olympics, Paris plans to change the way people experience the Eiffel Tower. (Image courtesy of Autodesk.)
In time for the 2024 Summer Olympics, Paris plans to change the way people experience the Eiffel Tower. (Image courtesy of Autodesk.)

Over the course of the next year, these firms will rely on a large BIM model of the area created by Autodesk to draw up proposals that will be unveiled in spring 2019. Nicolas Mangon, Autodesk vice president of AEC Strategy & Marketing, told us in a recent interview that the project seeks to address issues such as security, energy, mobility and flooding related to climate change, among other concerns.

Autodesk is the sole technology provider for the project and the model it has created of the 2.4-kilometer space, including the Trocadéro Gardens and the Champ de Mars, is massive in detail. Made up of 8,200 trees, 1,000 buildings, â€‹three bridges, 25 statues, and hundreds of light fixtures, benches and park fixtures​, the model consists of 342GB of point cloud data, made up of 10.3 billion points, created using aerial photography and lidar scanning.

“Autodesk is proud to collaborate on this landmark project and have a platform to showcase to people around the world how construction is being disrupted by emerging technologies,” Mangon said of the project.“While France is one of the leading nations championing BIM and other digital tools through its Digital Transition Plan for Buildings(PTNB), there are still others yet to be convinced of the power of digital and BIM. We hope that the learnings, successes and benefits of the Eiffel Tower project will encourage countries to start taking digital approaches, such as BIM and cloud, seriously as the future of the AEC industry.”

Construction for the selected proposal is set to begin in 2021, in time for the 2024 Summer Olympics, the 2025 Universal Exhibition and the 2026 Rugby World Cup. To learn more about the project, you can visit the City of Paris website.


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