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Diverse Segments of BIM Adoption in Europe

By Construction Tech Review | Tuesday, January 12, 2021

European countries have taken proactive measures to develop official guidelines and regulations to use BIM technology in construction.

FREMONT, CA: Building Information Modelling (BIM) has already had a cathartic effect on the construction industry's practices, quality, and success. Digitalization has streamlined repetitive operations, empowered innovative efforts, and delivered financial and quality incentives at any point of the construction process. Subsequently, several countries have taken proactive measures to develop official guidelines and regulations to use BIM technology in construction.

Overall, Europe has been one of the pioneers in the global implementation of BIM. However, offering a clear answer to the question 'What is the status of BIM in Europe? 'This is not easy since countries do not follow the same timetable or strategies in their BIM adoption. Although early adopters are now reaping the benefits of the BIM initiatives in place, the BIM introduction continues to be exploratory in many countries.

It is possible to classify various classes of countries according to their current level of BIM adoption.

1. Norway and Austria were the first countries to develop open BIM standards and an open BIM mandate enabling level 3 BIM for public projects.

2. Several other nations, like the Nordic countries, the United Kingdom, France, and Italy, have formed BIM Level 2 mandates and have set separate timetables for progressing to BIM Level 

3. Representing the current increase in BIM interest, several nations, including Germany and Spain, have launched BIM initiatives in recent years with a view to the ultimate mandate of the BIM.

4. Countries like Portugal, Switzerland, and Belgium do not have a BIM mandate scheduled, which does not indicate a lack of BIM participation as each country has very active BIM organizations and initiatives.

While countries are forging their own BIM roads, it is clear from a cursory glance at current national trends that BIM is increasingly becoming a defining form of a building.

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