It has been some time since the Ministry of Development presented the country’s national BIM strategy, which is expected to result in mandatory requirements for implementing the BIM methodology in public sector projects. Although there is no exact date for the start of BIM as a legal requirement, discussions focus on a phased implementation of BIM for different sectors with a possible starting point in 2019.
BIM implementation in Spain
In Spain, there is already a BIM steering committee, made up of representatives of public sector bodies, national ministries, infrastructure owners and private sector contractors and consultants.
A press release from the Ministry of Public Works said: “This commission was created to promote the implementation of BIM in the construction sector in Spain, to promote its use throughout the life cycle of infrastructures, to raise awareness among public administrations in the establishment of BIM requirements in infrastructure tenders, to establish a calendar to adapt the rules to their widespread use, to develop national standards that facilitate their use and to make a homogeneous academic training map of this methodology in Spain”.
Calendar for implementing BIM regulations at the National level
In turn, the steering committee will create five working groups. The first is an international liaison working group, which will aim to align Spain’s work on BIM with other EU neighboring countries, as well as to establish links with South American countries that have close cultural ties with Spain. The other four groups will deal with strategies, technologies, people and processes. Jorge Torrico Liz, deputy design director of Ineco’s civil engineering department, said:
“We have to define the BIM level, but it will probably be similar to British Level 2. We also want to align definitions across Europe and know that everyone is asking the same question, I think this will be an interesting task for the EU Working Group on MICs.”
“It is true that large companies in the construction industry have been involved in other (national) markets in BIM, but small companies think they have to make an investment in new methodologies. But we have to convince a lot of people, especially SMEs.”
The importance of BIM
The importance of BIM in the construction sector has been consolidated in public opinion. BIM is becoming a global language for the infrastructure and construction sector, enabling greater collaboration and movement of capabilities across borders. BIM refers to a collaborative working method that is based on the generation and exchange of data between various parts of the project on the same project.
The architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industries have long sought to increase productivity and quality, while at the same time decreasing project costs and delivery time, so the use of BIM offers the best potential to achieve these goals.
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