BIM-based building permits session at WDBE

Join EU BIM Task Group co-chairs Jaan Saar and Milena Feustel for the session “The (R)evolution of the Building Permit Process – From Paper to Digital to BIM” at the World of Digital Built Environment (WDBE) Summit on September 29th in Tallinn and on-line (Vimeo link will be added here before the event).

Utilizing Building Information Models (BIM) to automate the building permit process may be the “killer app” for BIM that many of us have been waiting for, especially in the public sector. Experiments and prototypes of BIM-based permit checking in countries like Finland, Estonia and Dubai have identified that a fully BIM-based digital process is faster and cheaper than manual processing. This session will explore the opportunities and challenges associated with the transition to a BIM-based permitting process.

During the session we will dive deeper into the following questions:

  • How can BIM-based permits be more efficient and what are the main benefits?
  • What are the prerequisites for developing a BIM-based permit process?
  • What is the role of classification, (open) standards and data templates in the building permit process?
  • Is the industry ready for BIM-based permits?
  • What have been the biggest challenges for early adopters?

The session is co-organized with the EU BIM Task Group and the ACCORD Horizon Europe research project.

Event website


Thursday 29th September 2022
09:30 – 11:30 CET

Introduction Moderated by Jaan Saar, Head of Digital Construction at the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs & Communications, Estonia
How the EU BIM Task Group is Helping Public Clients to Benefit from BIM Milena Feustel, Co-Cchair of EU BIM Task Group, Senior Advisor at Institute for Federal Real Estate, DE
ACCORD Research Project – Automated Compliance Checks for Construction, Renovation or Demolition Works Rita Lavikka, Senior Scientist at VTT and co-ordinator of ACCORD Horizon Europe research project, FI
BIM-based Permits – A Global Trend or aA Passing Anomaly?  Rick Klooster, Founder and CTO of Future Insight, NL
Rava3Project and the Outlook for BIM-based Permits in Finland Anna-Riitta Kallinen, Rava3Project manager and owner at ARKCON
Implementing a BIM-based Building Permit Process in Estonia Christopher Raitviir, BIM Project Manager at the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs & Communications, EE
Discussion panel + questions from audience Moderator + presenters (6)


Check back here to watch the LIVE video stream of the session on Thursday 29th September 2022 at 09:30 – 11:30 CET.

Send your questions to the pane at #wdbe

Condolences: passing of R. Petrie, CEO of bSI

It is with deep sadness that we akcnowledge the passing of Richard Petrie on April 17, 2022.

Richard was the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of buildingSMART International (bSI) and leaves behind his wife Jane and three adult children, Michael, Maddie and Lottie. The EU BIM Task Group expresses its deepest condolences to Richard’s family.

Richard’s career has focused on improving performance for clients and contractors involved in the acquisition and operation of high value physical assets. He was a Chartered Engineer, with an MBA from INSEAD, France and was an internationally valued vocal advocate of BIM.

He will be missed.

EUBTG General Assembly, 3rd December 2021

Agenda for the EU BIM Task Group General Assembly on 3rd December 2021 at 9:30 to 12:30 CET.

    • 9:30-9:35 Welcome and introduction by Souheil Soubra, chair of the EU BIM Task Group
    • 9:35-9:50 Presentation by Fulvia Raffaelli, Head of Unit. Clean Technologies and Products. DG GROW
    • 9:50-10:45 (including Q/A) Progress on the Roadmap actions:
      • Information on the cost benefit analysis (A1)
      • Discussion about the position paper (B2)
    • 10:45-11:45 (including Q/A) Keynote speech
      • Ralph Montague – Roadmap to Digital Transition of Ireland’s Construction Industry
      • National perspectives
    • 11:45-12:30 Suggestions for 2022 actions and AOB
      • Suggestions for 2022
      • Future events

The event is invitation only for EUBTG members and will take place on-line. If you have not received an invite then please e-mail,

Global BIM Network General Assembly

The Global BIM Network is proud to announce its First Annual General Assembly, which will be held on Thursday 2nd December 2021 with the aim to foster a more productive and collaborative global digital construction sector that delivers benefits for people and places.

At the General Assembly, Network members will share lessons learned from national digital transformation initiatives, consider how governments can tackle challenges collaboratively with industry, and discuss the guidance, tools and evidence to inform national and international policy on better infrastructure delivery.

By increasing the capacity and capability of the public sector as client, the Network aims to encourage the global construction sector to achieve shared goals for COVID 19 recovery, net zero and environmental sustainability, and socioeconomic prosperity.

Attendees will hear policy makers, public procurers, infrastructure investors and industry leaders from across the globe discuss the challenges of digitally transforming the construction and infrastructure sector, and identify solutions in a candid, straight forward manner.

Sessions include:

  • Global BIM Network Roadmap Launch
  • The Cost Benefit of Information Management: A Global Perspective
  • From BIM Strategy to BIM Implementation: Procurement Practices across the World
  • Government & Industry: Working together to drive benefits for People and Places.

View the agenda and speakers by visiting 

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The Global BIM Network General Assembly will be delivered in Spanish, English, French and Japanese.
View the agenda and register for the General Assembly today.

Please contact for more information.

Methodology for Cost Benefit Analysis for the Use of BIM in Public Tenders – ONLINE EVENT 31-05-2021


Cost Benefit Analysis for the use of BIM_user handbook (PDF)

Cost Benefit Analysis model for the use of BIM (XLSM file in ZIP container)


The development of a methodology for a cost benefit analysis for the use of BIM in public procurement is one of the first deliverables of the Renovation Wave for the construction ecosystem. It aims to build the case for the introduction of BIM in public procurement for individual public projects, by demonstrating costs and benefits from the perspective of public clients.

During the online event on 31st of May RINA and B1P Group S.r.l. will present the handbook Calculating costs and benefits for the use of Building Information Modeling in public tenders – methodology handbook and the related work realized to develop a methodology for cost-benefit analysis for the use of BIM in public tenders.


Chair: Ilektra Papadaki, Policy Officer for Construction, European Commission

Introduction by the European Commission (15’)

Fulvia Raffaelli, Head of Unit for Construction, DG GROW
Natalia Martinez Paramo, Head of Unit for SMP/COSME Pillar, European Innovation Council and SME Executive Agency

Introduction by the EU BIM Task Group (10’)

Milena Feustel, co-Chair of the EU BIM Task Group, Bundesanstalt für Immobilienaufgaben

Presentation of the team and the work carried out during the project: the handbook (45’)

Alessandro Bozzolo, Manuela Gussoni, Matteo Proia(RINA Consulting S.p.A, B1P Group)

  • Purpose of the CBA and target groups
  • Background analysis (literature research and on-field data collection)
  • Presentation of the methodology and step-by-step guide to use it

Break (10’)

Training session with the participants (60’)

Edoardo Ardizzone, Sara Botto, Matteo Proia (RINA Consulting S.p.A, B1P Group)

  • Practical application of the CBA tool and handbook to a case study (building asset)
  • Questions and answers

Conclusions (10’)

Souheil Soubra, Chair of the EU BIM Task Group, Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment (CSTB)


Cost Benefit Analysis for the use of BIM_user handbook (PDF)

Cost Benefit Analysis model for the use of BIM (XLSM file in ZIP container)

General Assembly 2020 recap

The EU BIM Task Group General Assembly for 2020 was held on 15th of December 2020 on-line. Below is a summary of the discussions and presentations.  

“Digitalisation of the Construction Ecosystem”

Fulvia Raffaelli, Head of Unit “Clean Technologies and Products” (DG GROW)
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Fulvia Raffaelli starts her presentation saying that since the last General Assembly in 2019, there have been many policy developments in the area of Construction and digital construction particularly.

Indeed, as part of the European Green Deal many initiatives have highlighted the importance of the construction sector through notably the announcement of the Construction Products Regulation revision (in the Circular Economy Action Plan) and the Renovation Wave strategy.

The renovation wave aims at doubling the rate of renovations and decarbonising the European Building stock. It also aims at contributing to the green and digital transition in Europe from the side of buildings and construction. In that context, three areas of action mentioned in the Renovation Wave are of particular interest for the EU BIM Task Group members: the digital building logbooks, the digital building permits, and the spread of the use of BIM for public procurement and beyond.

Regarding the digital building logbooks, they will address the challenges of data availability in the construction sector and increase transparency, trust and informed decision-making. The Commission envisages logbooks as the single tool through which all building-related data, information and documents will be accessed in fair and European terms. Logbooks should be secure tools that allow owners to have control over their own data as well as digital and dynamic, able to keep and update a record of all events in the life of a building.

As mentioned in the Renovation Wave, Logbooks should make use and link to existing platforms and tools, including Energy Performance Certificates, the Smart Readiness Indicators, renovation passports and others.

In the years to come, the Commission will continue working on the further definition of the datasets and functionalities of logbooks, as well as on the interoperability between different tools and platforms. The goal is to digitalise the built environment, and grasp the benefits of data, not only for collaboration and convenience, but also for resource efficiency, safety and the creation of new business models and opportunities.

This also requires research and innovation, for this reason, Fulvia Raffaelli’s unit with other services and the Member states have been involved in the definition of the Horizon Europe Work Programme.

Another action announced in the renovation wave is the digitalization of the building permits. The discussions with construction stakeholders and authorities revealed that more research and innovation projects could contribute to an EU Framework.

Finally, through the Renovation Wave, the Commission expressed its commitment to accelerate adoption of BIM in public procurement. In the course of 2021 and 2022, the EU BIM Task Group will be called upon in order to develop and provide a Commission Recommendation.

In the meantime, in collaboration with the Chair and co-chair of the Group and through a service contract, a model to conduct cost-benefit analysis for the use of BIM in public procurement is under development. This model will be made available to all public procurers across Europe by May 2021.

Digitalization of construction depends as well on the industry. As part of the Digital Europe Programme there will be support for Digital Innovation Hubs and Testing and Experimentation Facilities, which subject to the commitment and orientations of the Member states can contribute to the digitalization of construction SMEs and the industry in general.

During 2021 and 2022, DG GROW will be working particularly on the development of a digital maturity scan for construction SMEs, an interactive guidebook and on site trainings to help SMEs network, become aware of the possibilities, receive support and digitalise.

As a conclusion, Fulvia Raffaelli underlines the fact that the diverse situation across different Member States is something to look into, and through the exchange of good practices can become our strength. As part of the European Construction Sector Observatory, a new Analytical report will be produced on the digital transformation of construction, looking at both the transformation of industry and public administration.

Election of the Chair, Deputy chairs and new Steering Committee

The possibility of having two Deputy Chairs proposed by the Steering Committee is unanimously adopted.

A drafting amendment of the governance document is proposed by Spain to replace the one presented and approved by all the members:

“… up to three of its members to respectively act one as the Chair and up to two as Deputy Chairs of the EU BIM TG. The term of office of the Chair and the Deputy Chairs is two years. The term is renewable once.”

The following Steering Committee’s proposal for the nomination of the chair and Deputy-chairs:

  • Souheil Soubra / Chair of the EU BIM TG
    Director of Information Technologies at CSTB (Scientific and Technical Centre for Buildings)
  • Milena Feustel / Deputy Chair of the EU BIM TG
    German Institute for Federal Real Estate
  • Jaan Saar / Deputy Chair of the EU BIM TG
    Head of Digital Construction – Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications

Is accepted by unanimity.

The Steering Committee’s proposal for the nomination of its members:

  • CZ: Jaroslav Nechyba
  • DE: Milena Feustel (Deputy Chair)
  • EE: Jaan Saar (Deputy Chair)
  • ES: Susana Espana (Jorge Torrico)
  • FR: Sara Angotti
  • IT: Pietro Baratono (Cinzia Gatto)
  • LT: Dainius Cergelis
  • NL: Benno Koehorst
  • NO: Ramnath Falch Ambathy
  • + Chair: Souheil Soubra

Is accepted by unanimity.

The Steering Committee’s proposal to appoint Liana Anagnostaki, TCG’s Head Directory of Public Relations, International and European Affairs (GR) as a new member of the Steering Committee is also accepted.

Tarmo Savoleinen’s application (FI) for the vacant position is also accepted during the session.

Regarding the United Kingdom’s situation in the European Union, all the members of the General Assembly support the proposal to continue the close cooperation under special partnership and to mandate the Steering Committee to finalise the special partnership agreement.

Progress on the Roadmap actions

Presentations are made to update the following topics (download presentations):

A1 – Cost Benefit Analysis
by Milena Feustel

See also detailed presentation “BIM in Public Tenders: Methodology for a Cost-Benefit Analysis” by RINA Consulting.
Milena Feustel thanks in advance the members who agreed to answer the questionnaire sent by the Italian consulting company Rina before the end of January.

Finland would like to propose one out of the planned 6 use cases.

C3 – Common Classification System
by Jaan Saar

Spain will get in touch with CCIC to exchange views on the development of a Spanish classification system for railway infrastructures.

E1 – Unified Digital Platform (H2020 project DigiPLACE)
by Claudio Mirarchi (Polimi)

Follow this link to become a member of DigiPLACE Community of Stakeholders.

Suggestions for 2021 actions and AOB

Germany suggests, in the framework of the renovation wave cooperation action with DG Grow, to extend BIM to already existing buildings.

Charlie (Luxembourg) also suggests extending it to demolition and deconstruction processes.

A specific Task Force will be launched about renovation and deconstruction. The SC will send proposal to the GA for the organisation. Charlie is already interested.

UK announces that the next Global BIM Summit will take place online on 17 March 2021 ( and that contributions could be requested from the EUBTG members.


List of pariticpants:



I EUnet4DBP International workshop on Digital Building Permits

The European network for Digital Building Permit (EUnet4DBP), in collaboration with EuroSDR, EU-BIM Task Group and buildingSMART Regulatory Room, invites you to the I EUnet4DBP International workshop on Digital Building Permits

Purposes of the workshop

  • Meet an intersectoral and multidisciplinary audience and not-only-scientific committee dealing with the digital building permit topic
  • Present and describe valuable work about the digital building permit;
  • Getting and exchange constructive feedbacks from the reviewers and the audience.

Venue and programme

Dates: Thu 25th – Fri 26th March 2021
Venue: Digital event
Cost: Free

Please, read the details about the possible kinds of contribution and modes of submission and participation in the website.
After that, you can register here your attendance to the event and/or Submit your work here – Deadline: 15th January 2020

Looking forward to seeing you there!

Francesca Noardo, Giada Malacarne, Silvia Mastrolembo-Ventura
On behalf of the EUnet4DBP

BIM-based Building Permits Seminar

Utilizing Building Information Models (BIM) to automate the building permit process may be the “killer app” for BIM that many of us have been waiting for. Earlier experiments of BIM-based Model Checking (BMC) solutions in Norway, the Netherlands and Singapore have clearly identified that a digital process can be expected to be faster and cheaper than manual processing. The results indicate that development of an automatic compliance-checking platform will return ten times the investment required. 

Many building authorities around the world have started taking the first steps towards implementing BMC in the building permit process and at the BIM-based Building Permit Process Automation Seminar in Tallinn, Estonia on February 20th they shared some of the latest developments and best practices. Around 130 participants from 14 different countries took part in the seminar on-site and over 220 attended on-line from 25 different countries. The surprisingly high level of attendance shows that this is a hot topic around the globe and many public authorities want to take advantage of BIM to speed up the permitting process. Prototype solutions were presented from Estonia, Finland, Germany, Netherlands and UK. All presentation along with the video recording are available on the event website.

The event was kicked-off by Jaan Saar with a short introduction about the EU BIM Task Group followed by Richard Petrie and Nicholas Nisbet from buildingSMART International (bSI) highlighting the need for open & neutral data exchange. It was great to have the Chief Executive of bSI start the seminar because open standards, especially IFC, were a common theme throughout all presentations. This was a key takeway that IFC was the standard of choice for most public authorities. Tomi Henttinen from buildingSMART Finland also noted in his presentation that without good BIM standards it is not possible to reach full automation.

Jaan Saar and Rick Klooster presented the Estonian proof-of-concept (POC) web solution based on opens source components (BIM Server, BIM Surfer, Voxel Server). The POC solution was developed by the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications in 2019 with the help from the European Structural Reform Support Programme. Although Estonia already has a fully digital building permit process it is still based on “digital paper” (DWG-s, PDF-s) and the design drawings submitted with the building permit application have to be reviewed manually. The POC demonstrated that using smart algorithms to checks BIM models can automate many (if not all) of the labor intensive manual checks. The POC also highlighted the benefits of algorithm-based checks which are less sensitive to BIM errors compared to strictly rule-based checks. Estonia plans to implement BIM-based model checking in the existing building permits system in 2021.

Pekka Virkamäki and Jekaterina Masjagutova from the City of Vantaa showed a rule-based workflow for permit checking using Solibri Model Checker. They started doing 3D inspections with Solibri already 2 years ago (2018) as part of a KIRA-digi prototyping project and results have proven a time saving of at least 20% compared to the traditional process. Vantaa also utilizes the 3D city model to visualize the planned building along with the surrounding environment.

Michael Theiler from Planen-Bauen 4.0 gave a detailed overview of how they plan to seamlessly integrate BIM into the official building application process using XPlanung and XBau systems in Germany. The research project was started in 2018 and lasts until 2020 but already a working software solution was demonstrated. The solution has lots of functionality and the first piloting is being done in Hamburg.

Rob Roef from TNO explained how algorithmic based checking of BIM can save a lot of time and add transparency, which translates into less end user stress. Rob also did a great job explaining how AI works and how it could be applied to automate the process using open-source BIM bots, the same technology used in the Estonian POC. Another example is the “MPG BIM Bot” which is an algorithm based tool for environmental impact checking in the Netherlands.  An MPG report often has a turnaround time of at least 1 day but using “MPG BIM Bots” it takes minutes to an hour to generate a report.

In order to apply BIM-based regulation checks you need to make the regulations machine readable tables. Usually that is not easy because regulations are messy and have lots of subclauses. Nicolas Nisbet from AEC3 demonstrated a solution that can automatically create logical statements from color-coded regulations text. The “AEC3 Require1” tool was built years ago based on experience from Singapore and has been tested on several different regulations with promising results. Although there is limited BIM integration the tool shows potential and hopefully will be developed into a commercial product in the coming years.

The seminar was wrapped up by Francesca Noardo from TU Delft who presented a new workflow for the building permits issuing using GeoBIM. This means the integration of geoinformation (GIS) and BIM which creates the possibility to carry out not only technical checks but also zoning, parking, accessibility and environmental issues. This approach was tested in Rotterdam which has a very detailed digital twin of the city. Francesca also introduced the “European Network for Digital Building Permits” which aims to develop common tools and methods to support the digitization and automation of the building permit issuing process.

The BIM-based Building Permit Process Automation Seminar was hosted by the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications and organized in co-operation with the EU BIM Task GroupThe seminar is also part of a series of pre-events leading up to the World Summit on the Digital Built Environment (WDBE) in Helsinki/Tallinn in September 2020. 

Digital Construction and BIM in Greece

The Technical Chamber of Greece is a public legal entity and its members are all qualified licensed engineers in Greece (104,000 active members) and companies (construction and technical). It is an active member of the International Engineering Community and the National Member representing Greece in several International and European Organizations. On February 19, 2020 TCG it hosted an event under the title “Digital Construction and BIM in Greece” at its premises (4 Nikis st, 1st floor, Syntagma). The event was organized under the umbrella of EU BIM Task Group National Events.

The construction industry faces many challenges such as climate change, resource scarcity, fragmentation and technological advances. Digital transformation in the construction sector is characterized by a fusion of advanced technologies and the integration of physical and digital systems and their effect on the built environment and energy efficiency.

Building Information Modelling, BIM is a process that involves the structured sharing and coordination of digital information about a construction throughout the lifecycle of the asset. The potential benefits of digitalization and BIM within the construction industry are numerous.

BIM is mentioned in the EU procurement directive as a mandatory requirement for public tenders, in EU member states. (Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, Spain).

The event presented the status of BIM in Europe, the opportunities that occur from the use of this digital tool and how it leads to the path of the digitalization of the construction sector. European practices and experiences, governmental politics, technical standards and issues regarding the implementation of BIM are few of the topics that will be discussed.

Furthermore, a session was dedicated on mapping the needs and difficulties in implementing BIM in Greece. Discussing ways how to overcome obstacles will help to visualize the built environment digital future in Greece.

We encourage you to check out the following presentation:

Policy Officer for Innovation in Construction and Sustainable Built Environment, DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, European Commission
Digital Construction and BIM in the EU

Member of the EU BIM Task Group, Directorate Head of Public Relations, International & European Affairs, TCG
EU BIM Task Group Roadmap

…along with others which can be downloaded on the event website.

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.