10 objectives of the "BIM Stufenplan Deutschland" (BIM road map Germany)



„We are launching an initiative for the digitalization of the construction industry. By applying the most sophisticated digital methods, construction projects are to be realized more efficiently and slippages in terms of timeframe and budget are to be prevented. [….] This is an initiative to modernize the globally operating German construction industry. “Alexander Dobrindt, German Federal Minister of Transport and Digital Infrastructure

The digitalization of the German construction industry has gathered momentum has delivered the first tangible results. After countries such as the Great Britain, Finland, Norway, Singapore and Malaysia, which established policy mandating BIM adoption for all public buildings service projects, Germany will be ready to follow in 2020.

The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (Bundesministerium für Verkehr und digitale Infrastruktur, BMVI) presented the BIM road map in December 2015. It is aimed at rendering planning and construction processes in Germany more efficiently, transparently, and controllably. Pilot projects continuously optimize the application of the BIM processes.

The road map defines steps and methods necessary for a broad acceptance of BIM in Germany. It advocates a three-stage procedure for the BIM introduction:

  • Preparation stage till 2017
  • Pilot stage till 2020
  • From 2020 onwards, BIM is to be applied to all new projects of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure.

The approach is clearly structured, but what are the objectives and what does the BIM road map mean for the German construction industry on international markets? We pursued this question and defined 10 significant objectives of the German BIM road map:

1. International competitiveness
2. Creating a culture of digital planning and construction
3. Consolidation of German core competencies
4. Substantial reduction of construction time and cost
5. Generation of revenues through pioneering actions
6. Increasing degree of planning precision and cost certainty
7. Optimization of value and costs in the life cycle
8. Focus towards the future: model-based, cooperative and efficient
9. Nationwide standards for digital planning and construction
10. BIM as a standard for transport infrastructure projects

“The entire construction industry will undergo substantial changes in the near future. It will happen faster than we think. There will be many opportunities in these dynamic times.” Dirk Schaper, Managing Director, HOCHTIEF ViCon GmbH.

HOCHTIEF ViCon will actively continue to shape the phased introduction of BIM in Germany. By the end of 2018, the "BIM4INFRA 2020" consortium will prepare the implementation of Building Information Modelling (BIM) within federal transport infrastructure (bridge, road, waterways) as described in the BIM road map. ViCon is considered a pioneer of digital construction and has been promoting the nationwide introduction of BIM in the construction industry for many years via national and international research projects (such as Inpro or Insiter), committee work in national and international bodies, training (BIM certification), and its own BIM-related events. The HOCHTIEF subsidiary has accompanied more than 450 BIM projects across the world in the planning and execution phases and will contribute its practical experience to the phased introduction of BIM.

German BIM road map (only in German)


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