BIM On An International Scale

BIM InternationalEarlier this year the EU voted yes to a BIM friendly procurement shake up which seamlessly coincides with the UK Government BIM Strategy which is set to be in place by 2016.

The vote means that all 28 member states of the EU have given the green light to encourage, specify or mandate similar measures as laid out by the UK Government for publicly-funded construction and building projects. It is hoped that the EU-wide use of BIM on public projects will reduce costs, project overruns and modernise the procurement process.

You may think this international acceptance of BIM doesn't affect you but if you are a company that carries out work overseas then you could possibly struggle to secure work if you don't adopt BIM. This is one of the primary findings of the NBS International BIM Report 2013 – the report brings together data from Finland, New Zealand and Canada who are three of the countries pioneering BIM as well as the UK.

The UK is widely acknowledged as a forerunner in the development of BIM; yet figures from throughout the world show that the adoption of this approach is much higher elsewhere, for example 57% in New Zealand and more than 60% in Finland and Canada compared to 39% in the UK.

Results from these countries, the backing of EU states and the UK government illustrates that BIM is the future of project information, suggesting that increasing numbers of international projects will require teams to be using it.

It is said that in the long run public bodies will also be able to limit competition for specific contracts to mutual and social enterprises where those organisations satisfy certain conditions. Therefore the new mandatory grounds will exclude those who aren't on board and create high competition for those who are.

Basically companies that have adopted BIM will see an ease into international projects if they wish to participate in this market but those who fail to adopt BIM will experience an inability to work internationally in the medium term.

Common Standards

We've mentioned previously on this blog the open source of IFC (BIM Interoperability Standards) and gbXML (Interoperability For Green Building Design - gbXML) which are vendor neutral format which allows models to be worked on independently on various software's. But considering BIM has a large adoption rate internationally these common standards have yet to be understood on how they operate.

It was found in the report that a significant number of respondents did not know whether they were using a common standard suggesting that greater communication around this area is needed.

By using Autodesk Revit you will have access to IFC and gbXML which will enable you to share project information with vendors no matter where they are in the world and what software they use. If you invest time to understand, implement and use these common standards then you will be able expand your business across an international platform.

If you would like to adopt BIM or find out more about common standards call us on 023 8086 8947 or request more information.

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