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Making BIM a global success

BIM: the ‘Making BIM a Global Success’ manifesto by FIEC

‘Making BIM a Global Success’: the manifesto published by FIEC (Federation of European Construction Industries). Here’s an analysis of the main BIM objectives

The FIEC (Federation of European Construction Industries) has published the ‘Making BIM Global Success‘ manifesto to raise awareness of BIM’s potential in terms of facilitating European policy improvement.

“Making BIM a global success”: the main objectives

The paper analyzes the objectives that BIM wants to achieve, in particular:

promote the construction industry (digital) as a central role player in the development of key concepts and policies, such as efficient infrastructures, cities and smart homes;

  • Improve productivity, competitiveness, customer satisfaction, and the general image of the industry by supporting both:
  1. from top to bottom, digital transformation, facilitated by the EU and national governments with policies and investments;
  2. from bottom to top, digital transformation, driven by the construction industry itself.

11 policy areas are identified and for each of them the following is specified:

  • the objectives of BIM;
  • what will be improved with the use of the BIM;
  • what the construction industry requires.

The 11 areas of interest for BIM are: Competitiveness/Industry 4.0

  1. Digital agenda (Information Society)
  2. workers
  3. consumers/clients
  4. Small and medium-sized enterprises
  5. Climate change mitigation/adaptation
  6. Energy efficiency
  7. Circular Economy
  8. Critical Infrastructure Protection
  9. Urban agenda
  10. Research and development

‘Making BIM a global success’: What is BIM

Here are some basic rules to keep in mind (not prioritized):

  1. BIM is anacronym that stands for “Building Information Modeling” and/or “Management”/”Model” and means Modeling and/or “Management”/”Building Model” Information;
  2. BIM is a database-based pragmatic working system whose scope has been considerably extended by today’s ICT media to use and share unimaginable data and crucial information on product interdependence to date Construction;
  3. BIM Is part of the global digitalization of the construction industry and of “Industry 4.0”;
  4. BIM consists of work methodologies based on processes with a real-time collaboration and data sharing approach throughout the constructive process, including customers and end users;
  5. BIM is not a revolution but an evolution;
  6. BIM is a development system that every construction company can introduce in a transformation process at the most appropriate pace for its business, its size, its capabilities, its skills and its working methods;
  7. The best use of BIM requires unrestricted access to the latest information and databases with product documentation, as well as complete compatibility between software packages, avoiding closed “proprietary systems”;
  8. BIM enables better quality as well as significant reduction of errors, legal disputes, risks, costs, and time for most types of construction projects, both in construction and civil engineering, as well as in new construction or renovation projects;
  9. BIM will become a standard requirement, at least in the major public procurement projects covered by the Community procurement directives;
  10. BIM covers all stages of a construction project lifecycle, from the customer’s first ideas to those after the completion of the works: … design, construction, operation, maintenance management, restructuring, change of use, demolition, recycling , Efficient use of resources, with all the information always accessible.


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