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BIMiD – A practical pilot project for the German building and real estate industry

The funded project BIMiD is part of the funding initiative "eStandards: Standardize business processes, ensure success" as part of the national funding core area of the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). "Small and medium-sized enterprises go digital - ICT Applications in the economy". The goal of the state-funded project BIMiD is to demonstrate exemplarily the BIM method based on concrete building projects. Lessons learned from these demonstrations are meant to make BIM a success especially among small and medium-sized enterprises in Germany.

The construction and real estate industry in Germany is characterized by the cooperation of many small and medium-sized enterprises (SME). Due to the unique nature of each and every construction project, always new project-based consortiums are continually formed, which should coordinate their own business processes with each other.
The construction industry is faced with the international challenge of an ever-increasing specialization. Therefore, a progressive fragmentation of the planning continues, resulting increasing complexity of construction projects associated with many interdependencies and interrelationships and this with a continuously increasing demand on controlling cost and schedule.
The growing demands on construction projects are becoming less and less manageable with traditional planning methodologies. For this reason research has been being conducted intensively for many years on new IT-based planning methods. These new methods are summarized under the term Building Information Modeling.
BIM stands for the planning, construction and management of building and other structures by using open, non-proprietary, e-business standards throughout cross-organizational and smooth business processes. Through this, significant efficiency and quality improvements throughout the entire value chain are possible, especially in SME of the construction and real estate industry. Whereas this methodology is already widely spread in the USA, in the UK or in Scandinavia, there is still a lot to catch up in Germany’s construction and real estate industry, which is characterized by small and medium enterprises.
The focus in the joint research project BIMiD is on a practical building project where these processes and standards are being applied, developed and scientifically evaluated starting from the beginning of the design and construction phase. Besides technical issues (such as standardization of interfaces) and methods of application, BIMiD also adresses the topics of work organization, contract design and user acceptance.

The following three aspects are in the focus of BIMiD :

  • Promotion of a rather process-oriented mode of operation in the planning and building industry. This is a precondition for successful applications of the BIM method. Reference processes used in other business sectors are used as a basis and adopted to practical building projects.
  • Identification and appropriate consideration of human factors which are so far counterproductive for a successful application and diffusion of BIM. Since the introduction of BIM makes it neccessary to change current work processes. This includes new forms of work organization and communication. In addition to this, additional skills are required from the participating actors. All these must be considered in order to successfully implement BIM.
  • Didactic rework of the findings in order to improve advanced training as well as to develop BIM-specific study paths, because for a higher acceptance of BIM is a good qualification of all stakeholders an essential condition.

The funded project is aimed at all industry professionals across the value chain in the construction and real estate industry, especially architects, civil engineers and specialist planners, construction and real estate companies, facility managers and handicraft enterprises. An example of a reference object will make clear how BIM methodology can contribute to efficiency increases in a company.
In addition, public and private clients are also included in the target group since they also benefit from the potential efficiency gains, and play a vital role in application and diffusion of BIM.
Furthermore, those who are involved with BIM in training and education utilize the expected results. The knowledge from the pilot project will improve the teaching and education offers for conveying BIM.

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Funded by the Federal Ministry of Economic Affairs and Energy

BIMiD Article in "Wissenschaft trifft Praxis"

Thomas Liebich and Gunther Wölfle, project partners in BIMiD-Consortium, have published an article with the title "Potenziale von Building Information Modeling für die deutsche Bau- und Immobilienwirtschaft" in WISSENSCHAFT TRIFFT PRAXIS.
Download : BIMiD-Sonderdruck - Wissenschaft trifft Praxis [PDF 1750 KB]

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