BIM-based building permits session at WDBE

Join EU BIM Task Group co-chairs Jaan Saar and Milena Feustel for the session “The (R)evolution of the Building Permit Process – From Paper to Digital to BIM” at the World of Digital Built Environment (WDBE) Summit on September 29th in Tallinn and on-line (Vimeo link will be added here before the event).

Utilizing Building Information Models (BIM) to automate the building permit process may be the “killer app” for BIM that many of us have been waiting for, especially in the public sector. Experiments and prototypes of BIM-based permit checking in countries like Finland, Estonia and Dubai have identified that a fully BIM-based digital process is faster and cheaper than manual processing. This session will explore the opportunities and challenges associated with the transition to a BIM-based permitting process.

During the session we will dive deeper into the following questions:

  • How can BIM-based permits be more efficient and what are the main benefits?
  • What are the prerequisites for developing a BIM-based permit process?
  • What is the role of classification, (open) standards and data templates in the building permit process?
  • Is the industry ready for BIM-based permits?
  • What have been the biggest challenges for early adopters?

The session is co-organized with the EU BIM Task Group and the ACCORD Horizon Europe research project.

Event website


Thursday 29th September 2022
09:30 – 11:30 CET

Introduction Moderated by Jaan Saar, Head of Digital Construction at the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs & Communications, Estonia
How the EU BIM Task Group is Helping Public Clients to Benefit from BIM Milena Feustel, Co-Cchair of EU BIM Task Group, Senior Advisor at Institute for Federal Real Estate, DE
ACCORD Research Project – Automated Compliance Checks for Construction, Renovation or Demolition Works Rita Lavikka, Senior Scientist at VTT and co-ordinator of ACCORD Horizon Europe research project, FI
BIM-based Permits – A Global Trend or aA Passing Anomaly?  Rick Klooster, Founder and CTO of Future Insight, NL
Rava3Project and the Outlook for BIM-based Permits in Finland Anna-Riitta Kallinen, Rava3Project manager and owner at ARKCON
Implementing a BIM-based Building Permit Process in Estonia Christopher Raitviir, BIM Project Manager at the Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs & Communications, EE
Discussion panel + questions from audience Moderator + presenters (6)


Check back here to watch the LIVE video stream of the session on Thursday 29th September 2022 at 09:30 – 11:30 CET.

Send your questions to the pane at #wdbe

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