BIM mandate for transport projects in Germany confirmed for 2020

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Following success utilising Building Information Modelling for transport projects worldwide such as Crossrail, the Doha Metro and HS2, it appears that Germany are next in line to have their developments of a similar nature follow suit.

We reported yesterday how the German Government’s Minister for Transport and Digital Infrastructure, Alexander Dobrindt was set to announce details of his Major Projects Action Plan, which would include an update on a BIM mandate.

Mr. Dobrindt’s address followed shortly after our article, and BIM will now be mandatory for all transportation projects by the end of 2020.

“We want to make the digital planning and construction standard nationwide,” stated Dobrindt, according to Baulinks. The public sector must lead the way as a great builder and drive the cultural change. That is why we have launched a reform of major projects and formulated the clear principle: ‘Only digital then build real’.

“We have launched four pilot projects to test BIM. [We have] developed a phased plan for the planning and building of the future.”

Focus have quoted Dobrindt as saying “we want to be a pioneer” but “catching up” to other countries around the world is also necessary.

Until 2017 will be a stage of preparation for Germany, allowing it to identify even more pilot projects and to ensure that education and training is being carried out “to clarify legal issues and to develop guidelines for the effective approach when planning, building and operating with the method”, reports Immobilien Zeitung.

Dobrindt’s announcement has been praised, particularly by Michael Knipper, Managing Director of the Central Association of the German Construction Industry. He said that whilst the news is welcome, everyone needs to get it right: “It is important that all stakeholders, particularly the contracting authorities make use of the present implementation roadmap and accelerate the creation of the necessary basics.”

Michael himself has been championing BIM implementation in the country, recently to speed up the building of new homes for Syrian refugees that have entered Germany.

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