Bertrand Delcambre, president of the Plan for digital transition in the building




Bertrand Delcambre is the chairman of the steering Committee of the Plan for Digital Transition in the Building from 2015, the mission entrusted by the minister of Housing, and chairs, also, since June 2015 the association Qualitel, an independent organization that promotes ” the quality of the habitat by the certification and the information to the general public.”
Bertrand Delcambre is the chairman of the steering Committee of the Plan for Digital Transition in the Building from 2015, the mission entrusted by the ministry of Housing, and also presides since June 2015 the association Qualitel, an independent organization that promotes “the quality of the habitat by the certification and the information to the general public”.

 

This Plan is the culmination of a mission on “the conditions of deployment of digital tools, including digital modelling and BIM (Building Information Modeling or building information Modelling, in French) in the building sector” that this polytechnician born 27 November 1951 had conducted as“ambassador of the digital” of the State in the housing sector. “Half of the designers, architects and engineers now incorporate the BIM into their process, and will lead in the wake of their partners”, one reads in the report step of the Plan, published in march 2017. It will therefore be necessary to extend the action to cover a company of professionals “who have not yet put a fault to be convinced that it is within their reach and that it is useful in their current projects”, states the report, while the Plan is supposed to end December 31, 2017. Digital, 3D printers, sensors and objects connected to it : a universe that Bertrand Delcambre knows well. He has spent most of his career within the scientific and technical Centre for building (CSTB), which he headed from 2008 to 2014, and where he was very early interested in the applications of computing in the building world.

 

Professional career
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– 2015 : Chairman of the Board of directors of Qualitel.
– 2015 : Chairman of the steering Committee of the Plan for Digital Transition in the Building.
– 2014 : Ambassador of the digital in the building.
– 2008 : Chairman of the scientific and technical Centre for building (CSTB).
– 2001 : Director of the CSTB.
– 1997 : Responsible of the activity Dissemination of the Knowledge of the CSTB.
– 1994 : Director of the establishment of the CSTB Sophia Antipolis.
– 1987 : Leads the newly created It Department and Building within the CSTB.
– 1981 : Anime in the establishment of Sophia-Antipolis CSTB research teams specialized on the techniques of modeling and digital simulation of building energy and systems.
– September 1978 : Research associate at the CSTB Marne-la-Vallée on the possibility of storage of solar heat for the buildings.
– January 1978 : Engineer in charge of the Service Maritime de Boulogne-sur-Mer.

 

The major projects of his career

 

After a brief stint in the maritime administration, Bertrand Delcambre has very quickly integrated the scientific and technical Centre for building (CSTB), where he led from the front for over 35 years two sites : the research related to the energy transition and the application in the construction sector of new technologies related to the computer and then to digital. The two proving to be intimately related.

 

Researcher and manager, he has led the implementation of the unit of CSTB in the technopole of Sophia Antipolis, near Nice, and then was able to conceive of the dissemination of technical and process updated from the professionals (paper publications, CD-Rom, software design, online services, vocational training, etc.). Director and then chairman of the CSTB in Paris, he has somehow transformed the test, making the public agency whose mission remains “to ensure the quality and safety of buildings, and support of innovation from idea to market” the spearhead of the digital revolution in the industry. It is logical, therefore, that he was appointed ambassador of the digital and then head of the Plan for Digital Transition in the Building.

 

In march 2017, Bertrand Delcambre welcomed the consensus surrounding the approach : “The mission letter of the minister insisted on the need to bring all of the professionals in the development of BIM, the central theme of the questioning. If the majors of the CONSTRUCTION industry, and large engineering groups mastered the digital tools since the year 2000, I worried that the other players consider the digital with mistrust and do not feel concerned. I had the good surprise to discover, in the sector as a whole, a real appetite shared. The professional organisations ‘ perceptions of productivity gains to learn to build and renovate better, faster and cheaper. The actors of the building wanted a signal is given by the State. I’ve met people who had a positive vision.” For the time being, the Plan has funded 25 new shares for an amount of € 20 million. But there was still bread on the plate. And Bertrand Delcambre wants to avoid a transition to two-speed. “On the one hand, entities that have the financial and human resources to understand the interest and the urgency to engage in this new approach, and the other professionals that are slow to launch. This is why the main target is SMES and VSES. The owners play a critical role because they can, if they wish, impose the BIM in the projects.”

 

And after 2017 ? : “Beyond BIM and the digital mock-up, of the new digital technologies come into the building (3D printing, drones, virtual reality, connected objects…) and will affect the methods of construction and management works. We are only at the beginning of a new era “, was Bertrand Delcambre in its progress report in march 2017.

 

Studies and awards

– 2008 : Knight in the national Order of the Legion of Honor
– 2003 : Knight of the national Order of Merit.
– 1976 : Graduate of the École Polytechnique (class of 1972), General Engineer of Bridges, Waters and Forests.




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