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The Brazilian Charter for Smart Cities
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The Brazilian Charter for Smart Cities

The Brazilian charter for “smart cities” is a milestone for the regulation of the smart cities segment by creating a standard for the public and private spheres in relation to the rights and duties of each one in the requalification of their cities, it was launched during the Smart City Session in December 2020, and its ideal is to make Brazil look for improvements and innovations for its cities, making them more and more modern and a firm step towards better cities for people.

The construction of the text had a collaborative aspect, by the most varied sectors and was carried out within the scope of the Brazil x Germany cooperation project to support the National Agenda for Sustainable Urban Development in Brazil (ANDUS). The initiators and coordinators of the process are the Ministry of Regional Development (MDR), the Ministry of Science, Technology, and Innovation (MCTI), the Ministry of Communications (MC), and the German agency GIZ.

According to the Federal Government, there were more than 200 professionals involved in the process of creating the charter, presenting eight strategic objectives for the construction of a public, common, and articulated agenda. One of the main concerns is regarding the population’s accessibility to technologies and the establishment of systems with transparency, security, and privacy.

The main points covered were:

Integrate digital transformation

New relationships are confusing the concepts and boundaries of the urban, so it is necessary to understand what changes are imposed on urban space by digitalization and in what ways it responds to this.

Promote equitable internet access

Internet access is a right of all people through the Marco Civil da Internet in Brazil, but it is important to develop and implement policies, programs and infrastructure projects, and other aspects related to digital inclusion.

Transparency in governance

The document provides for the establishment of data governance systems and technologies with transparency, security, and privacy. Information needs to be presented in inclusive language, in an easy-to-use form, and systems must ensure the preservation of personal data.

Innovative Models in Public Management

The Charter prioritizes the adoption of innovative and inclusive models of urban governance to strengthen the role of public authorities in managing the impacts of digital transformation in cities. The objective is to build political-legal-institutional environments that are favorable to innovation and adapted to the territorial context and the level of activity of the institutions.

Foster local and sustainable development

The document plans to promote local economic development and encourage models and instruments for financing sustainable urban development in the context of digital transformation. To do so, financial resources will be needed to implement environments that encourage innovation, research, and the implementation of infrastructure.

Stimulate urban and sustainable development models

A massive and innovative movement in education and public communication is needed for greater engagement of society in the process of building smart cities. The actions must serve people of all ages, genders, races, and social classes, strengthening their autonomy.

Continuous evaluation

The entire process must be constantly evaluated, and for this to happen it is necessary to build ways to understand the impacts of digital transformation in cities. The analysis must include sociocultural, urban-environmental, economic-financial, and political-institutional aspects.

This is how the definition of “Smart Cities” remained:

“These are cities committed to sustainable urban development and digital transformation, in their economic, environmental and socio-cultural aspects, which act in a planned, innovative, inclusive and networked manner, promote digital literacy, governance, and collaborative management and use technologies to solve concrete problems, create opportunities, offer services efficiently, reduce inequalities, increase resilience and improve the quality of life of all people, ensuring the safe and responsible use of data and information and communication technologies.”

If you are interested in the letter and would like to read it in its entirety, please click on the link: http://www.andusbrasil.org.br/images/ANDUS_Factsheet_ENG.pdf

BIM Excellence Award – A mirror of the Portuguese AEC industry digital maturity level
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BIM Excellence Award – A mirror of the Portuguese AEC industry digital maturity level

by Cláudia Antunes, Regional lead for Portugal, BIM Consultant at StratBIM®

Valuing and promoting the digitization and implementation of BIM, through the dissemination and promotion of good practices, are the main objectives of the “BIM Excellence Award” – an annual initiative that was created in 2017 by the BIM Technical Committee for Standardization, consisting of dozens of volunteer experts who contribute to BIM adoption in Portugal.

Our journey through BIM certification
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Our journey through BIM certification

by Luisa Correia, Digital Design Manager at Levitt Bernstein and Regional Lead for Bristol, UK

At Levitt Bernstein we have been BIM certified since early 2019; having gone through three audits during this time, twice against PAS 1192-2:2012 and once against the BS EN ISO 19650-2:2018. The eagle-eyed amongst you readers will have done the maths already – by the time of our PAS certification, it had already been withdrawn and the ISO was the new kid in town.

The realities of the application of BIM in the United Kingdom
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The realities of the application of BIM in the United Kingdom

Our recent Women in BIM event, “The realties of the application of BIM in the UK”, was brimming with practical advice and fascinating insights from a panel of experienced professionals.

The event was chaired by WIB Global Vice Chair, Vicki Reynolds, and Vicki was joined by May Winfield, Head of Commercial & Legal – Cities & Digital at Buro Happold. May kicked off the session with a plain language explanation on how to best incorporate BIM in to contracts. May made it clear that simply demanding “BIM according to ISO 19650” is meaningless, and that the success of any BIM project is good communication, sensible scoping and clear accountabilities.

Joining Vicki and May was Rob Jackson, Associate Director at Bond Bryan Digital. Rob echoed May’s sentiment and highlighted a range of blockers to look out for when implementing BIM on projects, as well as examples of the opportunities that BIM can afford all types of stakeholder.

The final speaker on the panel was Chloe Obi, Head of BIM at Bouygues. Chloe went on to give further examples of successful BIM delivery, and the benefits that Bouygues and its partners have experienced in return.

Vicki commented that overall the event was honest and accessible, stripping BIM back to the basics using simple, clear and honest language.

You can watch the panel discussion in full below:

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