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EU leaders support use of BIM technology

on Jan 16, 2014

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Leaders from Europe’s architecture, engineering and construction industry have expressed their support for the European Parliamentary vote on Wednesday to modernise European public procurement with new rules that will help boost European competitiveness.

As part of its vote, the European Parliament agreed to recommend the use of electronic tools such as building information electronic modelling, or BIM, for public works contracts to ultimately enable more efficient construction and building projects in Europe.

BIM enables project teams of architects, engineers, building and infrastructure owners and construction firms to use 3D digital models to collaborate and support building projects throughout their lifecycle - from design and documentation to building and field support.

Unlike with traditional 2D drawings, the data in a BIM-led project remains consistent, coordinated, and more accurate across all stakeholders, regardless of how many times the design changes, or who changes it. As a result, building and infrastructure projects are created and completed faster, more economically and sustainably.

The parliamentary vote paves the way for adoption of the directive by member states. Officially called the European Union Public Procurement Directive (EUPPD), it will allow all 28 EU member states to encourage, specify or mandate the use of BIM for publicly funded construction and building projects in the EU by 2016.

The UK, Netherlands, Denmark, Finland and Norway already require the use of BIM for publicly funded building projects.

"Public procurement will no longer be a question of simply accepting the lowest price," said Malcolm Harbour, chairman of the Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee, who led the parliament's agreement on the proposal. "Smart customers will work with smart suppliers to provide better solutions, better tailored to meeting customer needs in more innovative ways."