BIM for International Collaboration – David Fink

Schmidt hammer lassen architects have been involved in several BIM projects that cross international borders in different contractual situations.

When working internationally there are several issues that need to be addressed in order to make collaboration successful. To name of few, there is:

  • The local working culture
  • Local BIM standards
  • Language and level of experience of the parties involved

In Denmark there are standards and documents in place that outline collaboration when working in a BIM environment, but this is set up for the Danish market and may not necessarily work internationally. When faced with foreign partners how do you start a BIM project so it will be successful? Through our experience over the past several years we feel we can help others that are testing the waters of international collaboration.

We have developed our own customized BIM Execution Plan that we use when starting up a project to get all the players working towards the same goal. We will present how we created this BIM Execution Plan, its contents and how we implement it.

We have been involved in projects where we share information in traditional ways of uploading models as well as trying new working methods where we share models in real time over a shared Revit Server. This session will highlight the benefits and issues of working in these situations and how the working processes can be improved, including:

  • Issues of real time collaboration both from the technical and the collaborative side
  • Using new unfamiliar standards and getting a project team to follow them – this can be as challenging as getting a partner to follow your own. We have been on both sides of the fence and have good insight to make this successful


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David Fink, Architect/BIM Manager, schmidt hammer lassen architects