Anna Moreno

Anna Moreno

First name: Anna

Last name: Moreno

Chapter: Italy

Role: President

Where do you live? Anguillara Sabazia, North of Rome, Italy.

Work history: I have been working at the Italian Agency for energy, new technologies and sustainable development (ENEA) for 37 years. In 2015 I founded the institute for BIM in Italy that became the Italian buildingSMART Chapter in 2019.

How long have you been involved in openBIM and buildingSMART?

I founded IBIMI, the Italian association for BIM professionals in 2015 with the intent to transfer my deep knowledge of interoperability gained in 25 years of work in the ISO TC184 SC in the built environment. The openBIM was the objective declared by our association since its start.

What do you like the most about your work in your chapter?

We succeeded in creating a collaborative framework among all the members, we are now about 200 and we are very heterogeneous: there are small and large enterprises, single professionals, big players, software producers, etc. the aim of all is to find solutions that suite everybody in a win-to-win strategy.

The greatest success achieved within your chapter?

We succeeded to involve big players such as our national railroad company (RFI) as well as the road company (ANAS). We supported RFI to join the ifc rail projects and Agenzia del Demanio (Italian state property agency) to prepare information specifications for public tenders based on openBIM. We are producing guidelines in different sectors that are considered very valuable by our stakeholders.

What does openBIM mean to you?

openBIM means to be able to share, exchange and above all to store information about the built environment. In a country like Italy, where the cultural heritage is so important and vast, and the risk of natural disaster due to earthquakes or floods is a reality, we need to ensure the readability of information at any time for any purpose and particularly to preserve our cultural heritage and the life of people living in it.

What is the biggest challenge the community is facing today?

We need to decrease the use of natural resource to preserve the planet and ensure the future to our children and grandchildren. We have the know how to energetically redevelop existing buildings and how to build zero energy buildings but the lack of competences among the professionals and workers is a big issue, that’s why we are developing a qualification system for the use of BIM for energy performance.

What challenges do you encounter in your country?

In Italy there are already enterprises working in the openBIM environment at very high level but the lack of demand for their services does not push the general market to move in this direction. Therefore, I believe that only if the quality of the demand for openBIM increases the openBIM will spread among all the enterprises.

What are the main opportunities for your market?

Italy is characterized by many small and medium enterprises (more than 90%) that are very flexible and ready for changes more than the large enterprises. I believe that they will be the key to help the country to transit from a very obsolete system to the innovative digital world. In our association there are many individual professionals that act as freelance for small and large enterprises and can be the channel to reach this difficult target.

Digitalization is more and more present today; what do you do in your chapter to meet the challenges it poses:

We are enlarging our community more and more and are involving our members and external stakeholders in working groups to examine the challenges in the different domains. In this way we engage enterprises, research institutes, software house in a win-to-win strategy that brings to publication of guidelines to be freely distributed among all the community.

What vision, as a chapter leader, would you give to the whole community?

In the future, all the building supply chain will use openBIM without being aware of it just as today we use our credit card to pay any bill in any country in the world with so many different currencies. People does not care of how many standards are behind the withdraw from a fast cashier, they only care that they are able to buy any service or goods in the international market. In the same way in the built environment people will receive, send, use, and store information without even thinking what standard they are using as anybody in the world will use openBIM standards.

What is your overall vision of the future?

Thanks to openBIM the built environment will be safer and more environmentally friendly, and we will be able to leave to our grandchildren a better planet.

Would you like to add something else?

I love the buildingSMART community because is full of very brilliant and open mind experts. I really feel we are working together for a better future where everybody will win his battle against the waste of resources and fighting the climate changes.

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Short resume

As researcher I have worked in different domains such as advanced materials and technology transfer. Among other activities I developed the ENEA e-learning platform that was recognised among the best 11 good practices in 2007 (by CEN: CW 15660). In 2013 I was awarded by EUWIIN (European Union Women Inventors and Innovators Network) for the best Innovative woman in the field of high education. For more than 25 years, I was the Italian representative at the ISO technical committee TC 184 SC4 and I was the editor of the standard ISO 10303-235 on engineering properties and materials information. I was also the Italian representative at VAMAS (Versailles Advanced Materials and Standards) where I was responsible for the domain of the materials databases interoperability.