EUBTG Position Paper on BIM in Public Procurement

In December 2021 the EU BIM Task Group submitted a position paper titled “Accelerating the Green, Digital and Resilient Transition by Implementing Building Information Modelling in Public Procurement” to the Commissioner of the Internal Market of the European Union Mr. Thierry Breton.

At its General Assembly on 15 December 2020, the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW) asked the EU BIM Task Group to propose recommendations on the adoption of BIM in public procurement following the announcements made in the framework of the European Renovation Wave Strategy. After several months of collective work within the Steering Committee, this note was adopted by the General Assembly on 3 December 2021.

In fact, since the European Directive for Public Procurement of 2014 encouraged public authorities to use BIM, the use of BIM has increased significantly and many countries in Europe have already implemented national BIM programmes. Digitalisation is happening at an ever-increasing rate and the amount of data needed to make decisions has grown exponentially. However, there is still a significant gap between this potential and the current way of the working.

The time seems right to put in place at a European level more incentives for the better use and integration of built environment data in public procurement to empower the digital transformation of the construction sector. To this end, the EU BIM Task Group proposes 2 measures:

  1. Increase DEMAND – Require the use of openBIM in all publicly EU co-financed construction and renovation projects. openBIM extends the benefits of BIM by improving the interoperability accessibility, usability, management, and sustainability of digital data in the built asset industry. At its core, openBIM is a collaborative process that is vendor neutral. openBIM processes can be defined as sharable project and asset information that supports seamless collaboration for all project participants. openBIM facilitates interoperability to benefit projects and assets throughout their lifecycle.
  2. Increase SUPPLY – Ensure funding for a permanent independent team of experts that will support public procurers and the European Commission in the development and implementation of standardized BIM requirements in procurement and implementation of construction and renovation projects and all other phases of the asset lifecycle. To be a partner for other stakeholders representing interests of European stakeholders.

Download and read the full Position Paper at the following link:
Accelerating the Green, Digital and Resilient Transition by Implementing Building Information Modelling in Public Procurement – an EU BIM Task Group Position Paper

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