This handbook concludes that there is a
window of opportunity for harmonising a
European wide common strategic approach
for the introduction of BIM.
Government policy and public procurement
methods are recommended as powerful tools to
support this step-change in the sector. Without
this top-down leadership, the sector’s low and
uneven adoption of information technology is likely
to continue which would limit its opportunity to
significantly improve productivity and value for
money. This is especially true within its large and
diverse SME sector.
Governments and public sector organisations
can provide leadership to encourage the sector
towards the untapped opportunity of digital, and
in turn provide better public services and better
value for public money. However, governments
cannot do this alone: working together with
industry at European and national levels is
essential to achieve this digital transformation
with due consideration given to commercial
models, education, skills development, SMEs
and changes to current practices.
The vision is to build together with the private
sector a competitive and open digital construction
market: one that sets the global standard. This
handbook calls for coordinated public sector action
across both European and national levels to drive
towards this vision.
This handbook describes the first steps of a digital revolution for the sector that will, over time, require significant adjustment by construction clients and the supply chain. This cannot be achieved overnight and experience has shown that successful BIM adoption strategies recognise the need for a period of adjustment as BIM requirements are increased gradually. This handbook aims to provide the support to enable Governments and public sector clients to transition construction to the digital era.