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New BIM Task Group steps up work to converge European common practice

A newly created EU BIM Task Group has been launched with the aim of helping to harmonise government-led projects, according to Construction News

Fondation Louis Vuitton Paris BIM mesh

Fondation Louis Vuitton Paris BIM mesh

The group has won European Commission funding to establish a common approach on implementation. It now has two years’ worth of financial support to help it bring together national efforts into a common and aligned European approach.

Chairman of the group Adam Matthews, who is also director of government affairs at software developer Autodesk, told Construction News the aim was the production of a handbook that will capture practices that are being used when introducing BIM to national policy or procurement frameworks.

“This handbook is documenting the common principles and practices that public stakeholders are using, ultimately with the aim of converging common practice around Europe,” he said.

“Obviously there isn’t anything mandated, but as part of the development of the handbook, these nations that are already part of the BIM Task Group will be involved to help shape and provide input to [it], so by that, we’re all signing up to the same common goal.

“Nations that are already part of the BIM Task Group will be involved to help shape and provide input to [it], so by that, we’re all signing up to the same common goal”

Adam Matthews, EU BIM Task Group

“It is voluntary, but being part of the group helps to create that support and commitment,” he said.

The group currently has fourteen European member states with representatives of public procurers, public building and infrastructure owners and policy makers from Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Spain, Sweden, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal and the UK.

Head of delivery for the group is Ilka May, a former CEO of German BIM working group planenBauen 4.0 and an associate director at Arup.

EU BIM Taskforce logo

EU BIM Taskforce logo

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