BIM: Current use of the planning method BIM
Legislative changes and initial experience in isolated EU neighbouring countries are increasing the pressure on Germany. In the USA, Great Britain and the Scandinavian countries the use of BIM is already established or is promoted and demanded by the legislator.
In German-speaking countries, especially in Germany, the introduction of the planning method is still in its infancy.
Who hesitates with BIM, risks to loose the connection?
Compared to other countries, the BIM regulations in Germany are still in the starting blocks. But Germany is following suit.
By 2020, the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) plans to establish BIM as the standard for transport infrastructure projects. This is a three-stage plan.
The preparatory phase was completed in 2017. We are currently in the pilot phase. The pilot phase is scheduled to run until the end of 2020. After 2020, BIM is to be used in several infrastructural projects.
Quote Alexander Dobrindt, Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (2015):
"We are launching an offensive to digitize the construction industry. Using the latest digital methods, construction projects are to be realised more efficiently and within time and budget. We will make planning and construction with BIM binding for our infrastructure projects from 2020. We are optimizing the use of these planning methods with pilot projects. This is a modernization offensive for the globally active German construction industry."
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That's why we need BIM rules.
Planning and construction are among the internationally recognized core competencies of Germany. This competence is proven every year. Nevertheless, the following problems occurred in a number of large-scale construction projects:
Costs too high
Timetable not met
These problems result from a lack of transparency and inadequate preliminary planning - there is a conflict rather than a coexistence.
These difficulties can be reduced by the BIM planning method. BIM improves data quality and planning. This avoids additional unplanned costs and facilitates scheduling.
International developments in BIM regulations
It is no coincidence that the Scandinavian countries are regarded as pioneers in the field of BIM. This is because practical BIM applications are much more widespread in these countries.
In Denmark, BIM has been mandatory for public construction projects with a contract volume of 2.7 million euros or more since 2007. In Finland, the largest state property owner has been expecting virtual models in the IFC standard since 2007. And in Norway, BIM can only be waived for all projects that are subject to state building administration with a special exception permit.
In the Netherlands, too, the use of BIM is required by law for all public buildings with a volume of over 10 million euros.