Patrick Loureiro

Structural Research

Senior BIM Manager


Sharing his life between precast concrete, architecture, family, and music, he is a Senior BIM Manager at Structural Research by Shay, holds a degree in higher architecture studies at ESG and is a finalist in the master's degree in architecture and urbanism at Escola Superior Artística do Porto (ESAP), where is preparing his dissertation on the theme "Integration of Bim methodology in the rehabilitation of the building with historical and cultural heritage value", with experience in BIM since 2008, has collaborated on several projects in different countries and is also a trainer in the area of computer design development. A key part of the Structural Research team he is also part of the Shay Murtagh Group team where stakeholders from across the business are working in the development of App’s to improve the BIM workflow. He has also achieved a Postgraduate Degree in BIM COORDINATION - at the Department of Civil Engineering at Instituto Superior de Engenharia do Porto (ISEP), one of the top schools of technology in Portugal has been pioneering education and research in Engineering since 1852.

Has developed Housing modelling studies on various materials including metal recycling containers. Trainer in ​​computer design, has developed several trainings within the 3D modelling using AutoCAD, SketchUp, Revit and Tekla Structures including V-Ray and Lumion for rendering.

 What to expect during the event

The BIM methodology is nowadays a methodology used for a great diversity of projects. One branch of these projects where it has not been explored and developed is the rehabilitation and maintenance of buildings with a historical and cultural heritage character. We live in a time when digitization takes a huge toll on construction and rehabilitation. Portugal, now, presents its assets on an antiquated platform where it is difficult to extract information about a certain asset. Another relevant factor for the elaboration of this work is the “Tourist” factor, with a platform where anyone can enter and have access to a virtual tour, thus being able to stipulate the route of their trip, it will certainly be an asset for a country that thrives on tourism. Finally, the “Teaching” factor. With this platform, it will be possible to teach an Art History class (or another) using a BIM model where we will not only have the three-dimensional model, but also access to information, interventions, historical developments, etc. This seems to be the most important factor and justification for the adoption of this methodology and the creation of the work platform. The proposal is based not only on the application of a method but also on the problem of the “empty” building. Access to the virtual world helps in decision-making and allows experimentation without spending hundreds or thousands of euros on mock-up studies, etc... We are facing a turning point, the transition from “paper” to “Digital”. In view of this scenario, it is important to intervene around heritage in a timely manner so that it is not forgotten once more, only being remembered a lot from time to time. The aim is to analyze the existing heritage building, record all the information and create a platform that will allow you to bring everything together in a single element of research and consultation. On the other hand, it will bring to the “public square” the discussion of what should be done so that the rehabilitation of heritage does not end in disaster, as has happened in some cases in Portugal. We have some examples of unprofessional interventions that end up destroying the initial appearance and distorting its coherent historical evolution, and after a short time it is impossible to know who was responsible for said intervention. With the creation of this platform where everything is registered, we will/we will have an in-depth analysis of everything that happens to the asset during its lifecycle. A rehabilitation, conservation, and maintenance management operation in this type of buildings assumes some complexity, as these are associated with factors such as the economic and cultural relevance that these buildings assume for tourism, the cultural and social importance of the buildings included in these zones have for the construction of our identity.

Application of BIM methodology in Portuguese cultural heritage

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