5th National BIM Conference in Slovakia

There is a growing interest for BIM in Slovakia today. In that context, the 5th National BIM Conference was organized by the BIM Association Slovakia in cooperation with the JAGA Publishing House on October 17, 2019 in Bratislava, with more than 350 attendants.

The event auspices were held this year not only by the Minister of Transport and Construction of the Slovak Republic – Árpád Érsek, but also by the Mayor of Bratislava – Matúš Vallo and also the Mayor of Bratislava’s Old Town – Zuzana Aufrichtová.

A total of 16 lecturers (10 from Slovakia, 6 from abroad) presented in the main conference hall, focusing on various topics in the field of buildings and civil engineering works.

This part of the conference was opened by the keynote speaker – Dr. Souheil Soubra, Chair of the EU BIM Task Group, who approached the vision of applying building information modeling in Europe, primarily in the public sector. It is anticipated that the digitization of construction could bring about 15-25% savings for the global infrastructure market by 2025, which represents a huge potential for contracting authorities to achieve savings through BIM not only by reducing construction and operating costs, but also by acquiring social and environmental benefits.

When discussing the incentive factors of BIM implementation, most respondents stated that investors have a significant impact on the use of building information modeling in practice. In that context a Round table discussion was organised where important developers and investors discussed how they see the future of BIM in Slovakia.

EU BIM Task Group General Assembly meeting 2019

The EU BIM Task Group General Assembly met in Brussels on the 2nd of October to exchange knowledge regarding the latest public sector initiatives aimed at digitizing the construction industry.

Click on the links in below agenda to view presentations and related material.

 

 

 

EUBTG at the HELLASCO Conference in Greece

EU BIM Task Group Co-Chair Milena Feustel gave a great lecture about the EUBTG titled “The EU BIM Task Group roadmap for the digitalization οf the construction sector”and received huge interest at the HELLASCO Conference 2019 in Athens, Greece on 26th September 2019. Several requests for  collaboration were received plus positive feedback about our ambitious work. The Greek hospitality was outstanding too.

 

 

EU BIM Task Group BIM seminar in Oslo

On August 28th the EU BIM Task Group (EUBTG) in collaboration with Statsbygg organised a BIM conference for public sector clients covering the new Statsbyggs BIM manual and digital twin developments in various countries.

You can download the presentations in PDF format by clicking on the title links:

Statsbyggs new digital BIM manual 2.0
Frode Mohus – Statsbygg, Norway
Harald Onarheim – Statsbygg/DIGIBIM, Norway

Defragmenting the Construction Industry
Jaan Saar – Ministry of Economic Affairs & Communications, Estonia

The National Digital Twin
Mark Enzer – Center for Digital Built Britain, UK

Digital Twin in Statsbygg
Leiv Engelschøin – Statsbygg, Norway

Digital Twin Czechia and Prague
Jiří Čtyroký – Prague Institute of Planning and Development, Czechia

 

EU BIM Workshops successfully delivered

10 x 6hr instructor-led practical workshops have been delivered on Building Information Modelling (BIM) to 250 public officials across the European Union over the last 5 months. (cover image: EU BIM Workshop in Tallinn, Estonia)

The content was primarily based on the content of the EU BIM handbook with some customisation for each workshop (i.e, local, national context, resources and contacts to be supplied by the appropriate EU BIM Task Group representatives).

Following topics were covered in each session:

  • Background, membership and objectives of the EU BIM Task Group
  • Size & importance of the European construction sector
  • What BIM is to a public sector official
  • Challenges and drivers for digitalisation & BIM
  • Benefits of BIM and European public sector alignment
  • Purpose and value of public sector leadership
  • Strategic framework for public sector BIM programmes
  • Scope and definition of BIM through the common performance level for the implementation of BIM
  • Current state within the country/region/organisation
  • Local BIM implementation & ideas for a business case
  • Sources of additional information & support

EU BIM Workshop in Zagreb, Croatia

The feedback has been simply outstanding accompanied with strong desire from each member state taking part to receive follow up workshops and refresher courses to support their continuous learning path on BIM as well as to involve more of their in country peers e.g. from neighbouring municipalities to learn about the opportunities to put BIM into practise.

EUBTG at BIM World Paris 2019

BIM World Paris 2-4 April 2019

An important event in the Building Information Modelling (BIM) calendar is fast approaching. Policymakers, business leaders, technological innovators, and builders of infrastructure will come together at BIM World Paris from 2 to 4 April 2019 to discuss the critical issues involved in the digital transformation of the construction sector.

Presenting the future of BIM in Europe

The EU BIM Task Group will attend too and introduce their vision of how BIM can fuel both innovation and growth in European markets. Souheil Soubra, Chair of the Group’s Steering Committee, and Milena Feustel, Co-Chair, will be leading a session on Tuesday 2 April (17:00-18:30), in which they will present the Task Group’s BIM roadmap. This roadmap charts the transition to the digitalisation of the construction industry, which could unlock a 15-25% saving for the global infrastructure market by 2025.

Achieving the best value for public money

The session run by the EU BIM Task Group aims to highlight the vast potential for public procurers to make savings thanks to the implementation of BIM. Alongside the reduction in construction and operation costs, savings could also be generated by social and environmental benefits. The Task Group therefore aims to facilitate the uptake of BIM in delivering the very best value for public money, in turn creating a more streamlined, competitive and sustainable construction sector.

Join Souheil Soubra, Milena Feustel and other members of the Steering Committee at BIM World Paris to learn more about the future activities and goals of the EU BIM Task Group.

 

GOOD TO KNOW
BIM World Paris will be taking place at the Paris
Expo, Porte de Versailles, 2-3 April 2019.
More info: https://bim-w.com/en

JOIN US
Look out for the EU BIM Task Group Conference,
Room A, 17:00-18:30 on 2 April.

 

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EUBTG group photo Dec-17 2018

The EU BIM Task Group sets its roadmap for the digitalisation of the construction sector. Souheil Soubra appointed Chair

The EU BIM Task Group aims at delivering greater value for public money while stimulating innovation and growth in both the construction and digital sectors in Europe. Soubra, a top expert in Building Information Modelling in France, will lead the group’s work.

Brussels, 22 January 2019 – The EU BIM Task Group is a pan-European network exchanging public sector expertise in the field of Building Information Modelling (BIM) from infrastructure and public estate owners, public clients and policy makers. On 17 December, the EU BIM Task Group held its annual General Assembly in Brussels to set its roadmap for the coming years and to elect a new Steering Committee, which will direct the efforts towards the digitalisation of the construction sector at the European level.

Building Information Modelling is a method which fosters the digital planning, manufacturing, construction and management of built environments based on their physical and functional characteristics. It is currently considered to be the most impactful technological development in the construction sector. Studies forecast that a wider adoption of this process will unlock a 15-25% saving for the global infrastructure market by 2025[1]. In a market as large as the European construction sector, which is worth over €1.3 trillion[2], even a 10% increase in efficiency would save the industry €130 billion. This impressive figure does not even take into account the potential social and environmental benefits of this paradigm shift, which could even be bigger; improved decision-making enhanced by BIM would support the efforts towards climate protection and resource efficiency, ensuring benefits for society at large.

In light of this, the main objective set by the EU BIM Task Group for the construction sector in the coming years is to achieve a sustainable and inclusive growth within Europe’s Single and Digital Single Markets by means of a wider adoption of Building Information Modelling. It is a challenging proposition, especially considering that the construction industry is currently one of the least digitised in Europe – therefore reaching this goal is key to ensuring the future competitiveness of the sector.

During the General Assembly, the EU BIM Task Group appointed the new Steering Committee, which will lead the group’s work towards this goal. Dr. Souheil Soubra has been elected Chair of the EU BIM Task Group for the next two years. He is Director of the IT department at the Scientific and Technical Centre for Buildings (CSTB). Moreover, he is actively contributing to the French Digital Transition Plan, supported by the French Ministry for Ecological and Inclusive Transition and by the Ministry of Territorial Cohesion, in order to prepare a large-scale deployment of BIM in the French construction sector.

Dr. Soubra is leading the EU BIM Task Group together with Architect Milena Feustel, German, who was appointed Deputy Chair during the General Assembly. The new Steering Committee includes Pietro Baratono (Italy), Dainius Čergelis (Lithuania), Diderik Haug (Norway), Brigitte Jacquemont (France), Benno Koehorst (Netherlands), Ingemar Lewén (Sweden), Adam Matthews (United Kingdom), Jaroslav Nechyba (Czechia), Jaan Saar (Estonia) and Jorge Torrico (Spain).

“I am honoured to take the lead of the Steering Committee of the EU BIM Task Group and truly grateful to be part of the ambitious and important plan to accelerate the digitisation process of the construction sector, especially now, in such a decisive moment”, said Souheil Soubra. “Building Information Modelling is currently regarded as the key method for the digitisation of the lifecycle of built assets, and we are now working to transform this awareness into a reality for the European construction sector. We are planning a number of actions to foster this development. For example, we are going to promote the creation of a common digital platform for construction, which would enable the automation of building lifecycle processes in the public and private sector. We are also going to propose a framework for the seamless exchange of digital information (based on open standards) and documentation of data information, which will enhance collaborative working environments. In short, we want to make built assets and infrastructure across Europe healthier, safer, smarter and more sustainable.”

The EU BIM Task Group, a network supported by the European Commission, was founded in January 2016 and rapidly grew to include 23 countries in Europe. Through this platform, public estate owners, infrastructure builders and operators, policy advisers and procurers from members of the European Economic Area (EEA) or European Free Trade Association (EFTA) can exchange best practices, stimulate co-innovation and draft strategies that will drive the construction sector towards a smarter, more efficient future. Learn more about the EU BIM Task Group on YouTube.

 

Contact details for press:
Marco Groppelli
Marco.Groppelli@icf.com +32 (0)2 333 59 50
ICF Mostra | Avenue Marnix 17, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

 

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If you are interested in setting up an interview with Souheil Soubra, please contact our press office.

[1] BCG, Digital in Engineering and Construction, 2016; McKinsey, Construction Productivity, 2017

[2] FIEC, Annual Report, 2018

Building Information Modelling: the Europe-wide strategy explained at infraBIM Open 2019

The EU BIM Task Group aims at delivering greater value for public money, while stimulating innovation and growth in both the construction and digital sectors in the European Union. Finland is at the forefront of this paradigm shift, which can generate over €3 billion worth of savings per year in the country.

Tampere, 8 January 2019 – The EU BIM Task Group, a pan-European network collecting public sector expertise in the field of Building Information Modelling (BIM) from infrastructure and public estate owners, public clients and policy makers, has announced its participation in infraBIM Open 2019. Taking place at Tampere Hall from 15 to 16 January 2019, infraBIM Open 2019 is the second edition of the key event for BIM at a global level, and is expected to contain over 60 presentations by internationally-recognised speakers. As a major player in the ongoing effort to digitalise the construction sector in Europe, the EU BIM Task Group will offer valuable insights on the state of play across the European Union, providing a glimpse of what the future holds for the industry.

Ingemar Lewén, a member of the Steering Committee of the EU BIM Task Group, will participate in the opening session of the event on Tuesday 15 January at 10.00 in the Small Auditorium. His keynote speech will describe the role of the EU BIM Task Group as its work enters a new phase. He will describe how it will bring the European construction sector closer to reaping the benefits offered by BIM as a strategic tool.

Building Information Modelling is a process which involves the generation and management of the digital representations of built environments, complete with their physical and functional characteristics. It is considered to be currently the most impactful technological development in the construction sector. Studies forecast that a wider adoption of this process will unlock a 15-25% saving for the global infrastructure market by 2025[1]. In a market as large as the European construction sector, which is worth over €1.3 trillion[2], even a 10% increase in efficiency would save the industry €130 billion. This impressive figure does not even take into account the potential social and environmental benefits of this paradigm shift, which could even be bigger; the improved decision-making enhanced by BIM would support the efforts towards climate protection and resource efficiency, benefiting society at large.

Finland is at the forefront of this push towards a wider adoption of BIM: efforts in this direction started as early as 2002[3], with governmental programmes aimed at making Building Information Modelling a key element for the building sector, and later for the infrastructure sector. This early start allowed the country to accumulate precious knowledge and first-hand experience in the field. Several projects have already been completed, and more are in progress, confirming that a 10% increase in efficiency is perfectly attainable[4] – and that there is room for improvement well beyond that threshold. Considering the yearly value of the construction industry in Finland, which amounted to €33.7 billion in 2017[5], a wide adoption of BIM could generate savings of over €3 billion per year.

“There is a reason why the most important BIM forum worldwide for the infrastructure sector takes place in Finland: the country is a true pioneer in the adoption of Building Information Modelling. The entire Nordic region has embraced this technological development early on, with public clients fully understanding the business and environmental advantages it could generate”, says Ingemar Lewén. “Awareness of the importance of BIM is now widespread, not only in the Nordic region, but across all of Europe. In order to fully reap the benefits of this method, we now need to develop a strategy and an action plan for mobilising the Europe-wide digital transformation of the construction sector. This requires a concerted effort, in which both public clients and companies play a key role. It is first and foremost a cultural shift; a shift that Europe is ready to make”.

Ingemar Lewén, who is a member of the Steering Committee of the EU BIM Task Group, acts as an Information Strategist with the responsibility for BIM at the Swedish Transport Administration (STA). He is Chair of the Nordic Road & Railroad BIM Collaboration.

The EU BIM Task Group, a network supported by the European Commission, was founded in January 2016 and rapidly grew to include 23 countries in Europe. Through this platform, public estate owners, infrastructure operators, policy advisers and procurers throughout the entire continent can exchange best practices, stimulate co-innovation and draft strategies that will drive the construction sector towards a smarter, more efficient future. Learn more about the EU BIM Task Group on YouTube.

 

Contact details for press:
Marco Groppelli
Marco.Groppelli@icf.com +32 (0)2 333 59 21
ICF Mostra | Avenue Marnix 17, 1000 Brussels, Belgium

 

 Click here to download PDF version of this press release.

 

Note to editors:

Ingemar Lewén’s keynote speech will be part of the opening session of infraBIM Open 2019, taking place on Tuesday 15 January at 10.00 in the Small Auditorium at Tampere Hall, Tampere, Yliopistonkatu 55. If you are interested in setting up an interview on-site, please contact our press office.

[1] BCG, Digital in Engineering and Construction, 2016; McKinsey, Construction Productivity, 2017

[2] FIEC, Annual Report, 2018

[3] https://www.geospatialworld.net/blogs/bim-adoption-around-the-world/

[4] https://www.researchgate.net/publication/4355673_Digital_Construction_through_BIM_Systems_will_Drive_the_Re-engineering_of_Construction_Business_Practices

[5] Source: The Confederation of Finnish Construction Industries RT

International Stream – Adam Matthews

Blog - International Stream - Adam MatthewsAdam Matthews, who leads the international development stream of the Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB), sets out the global scope of the Digital Built Britain programme.

“We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to, at this stage of BIM development, all agree on the foundations of how to define it as a process in public procurement and contractually. If we can agree on the principles – while the in-country definitions may differ slightly – the wider agreement delivers consistency that brings a shared opportunity to all work together in this global digital construction transformation.”

Adam Matthews – Lead, International Stream, CDBB

The aim of the international programme is to grow the awareness and adoption of a common approach to BIM globally.  We work with governments and policy makers overseas to present the value proposition of adopting a standards-based approach to BIM using international and UK developed best practices, standards and tools. Our objective is to enable collaboration across countries, increase understanding of the process that is BIM and, importantly, help to create trade opportunities with these nations and the UK.

Globally, economies benefit by adopting a common approach to the introduction of BIM – by creating smoother trading conditions across borders, fostering greater collaboration and supports multi-region team-working.

For the UK, having a global approach to BIM which leans on the UK’s BIM Level 2 standards and principles creates opportunities for professional service providers and product manufacturers that want to work internationally.

This enables us to share skills and techniques across the world – in Europe, Latin America, Asia, North America and Africa. There are, of course, challenges. One of these is the increasing demand from governments and policy makers around the world who are coming to us to share our learned BIM experience.  Richard Lane is the delivery manager for the international programme and he supports capacity development. We provide training programmes for other governments to support understanding of how the UK programme works and, critically, what lessons learned can be taken from the UK and other international experiences that can be adapted and adopted in those partner countries – to paraphrase the ISO tag-line: “Great things can happen when we all agree”.

EU BIM HandbookOur international programme has secured significant achievements to date, including: recognition of the UK’s global leadership in the use of BIM; national level memorandum of understanding (MOU) and collaboration with Latin American countries, including Brazil, Chile and Mexico and with Asian countries.; and the formation of the EU BIM Task Group under the European Commission in 2015. Importantly, these early successes resulted in our contribution, in 2017, to formulating the EU BIM Handbook that contains a set of recommendations to public sector clients and policy makers when adopting BIM into their public estates. The focus for 2018 is to disseminate this learning across Europe and to develop training packages for public sector clients who want to learn more.

According to McKinsey, 98 per cent of major projects globally overrun and $1.6tn can be saved if this problem is solved. Productivity improvement is a goal of many governments around the world; Boston Consulting Group (BCG) estimates that the introduction of digital construction techniques – using Building Information Modelling, or BIM – would bring productivity savings of up to 21 per cent by 2025.

The CDBB international programme is gaining momentum and the benefits can be shared. We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to, at this stage of BIM development, all agree on the foundations of how to define it as a process in public procurement and contractually. If we can agree on the principles – while the in-country definitions may differ slightly – the wider agreement delivers consistency that brings a shared opportunity to all work together in this global digital construction transformation.

Contact Adam Matthews:  

Original article: https://www.cdbb.cam.ac.uk/news/2018FebBlogInternational

EU BIM Handbook to be translated into 14 languages

We are currently working with the European Commission to translate the Handbook into 14 European languages.

  • Bulgarian
  • Czech
  • German
  • Greek
  • Spanish
  • Estonian
  • French
  • Italian
  • Lithuanian
  • Dutch
  • Polish
  • Portuguese
  • Romanian
  • Slovenian

We have not yet confirmed a date for when each version will be available, but these will be published over the next few months on our website, with a view to having all 14 languages published before the end of 2017.