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.

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.


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

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


Downlad the newsletter in PDF format: BIM-Newsletter-A4-2019-03-HD

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.


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

[2] FIEC, Annual Report, 2018