BIM adoption across the world

BIM is taking off in countries across the world. Today, many countries have BIM standards in place regarding the BIM level used in projects. But what are the differences between countries and how can we overcome them?

When it comes to government BIM standards, different BIM levels are often applied to different project types. These levels range from 0 to 3 and refer to the level of BIM maturity: with Level 0 meaning no collaboration at all and Level 3 BIM meaning full team collaboration using a single shared project model. In this article you’ll find more information on the different BIM levels and what they mean. But how are the different countries using BIM?

The United States
The BIM adoption in the US is expected to grow significantly in the coming years. One of the first states to put a BIM mandate in place is Wisconsin, which happened in 2010. The mandate declares that all public projects with a total budget of $5 million of more, have to be realized with the BIM method. This also applies to new projects with a budget of $2.5 billion or more.

As of 2017, BIM is mandated in France. The official French standardization roadmap was made public in April 2017 as part of the French strategy for “digitizing” the construction industry. The objectives include improving the quality of exchanged data, improving deadlines and a reduction of overall project costs.

The German construction industry has been slower to adopt BIM than other countries, but also here project owners report the need for BIM in their projects and by the end of 2020, BIM will be mandatory for all transportation projects.

The Netherlands
The Netherlands is one of the countries that are leading in BIM when it comes to adoption. Even though no official legislation is in place, BIM is required in many projects by clients. Also, a Building Information Council is in place: a collaboration between leading contractors and industry representatives, with the goal to accelerate the BIM adoption in construction. The majority (article in Dutch) of the Dutch construction industry reports to be implementing BIM and 80% (article in Dutch) of MEP engineers make use of BIM libraries such as MEPcontent. Read more here about the world can learn from the Dutch when it comes to BIM.

Italy has seen a very significant growth in 2018. Italian manufacturers are using BIM to their advantage, having started the implementation in their companies quite recently. Read here more about how both Italian manufacturers and engineers are benefiting from the latest BIM solutions available on the market.

Missing your country?
Read the full article featured on Constructible which lists many more countries and provides more detailed information about the status of BIM in these countries.

Global standards
With different regulations in place and different BIM adoption rates in different countries, the question remains: how can we ensure smooth cooperation in international building projects? A part of the answer to this question is the EMCS, which ensures that information in BIM models is accurate, uniform and compliant to international standards. Initiatives like these show that even internationally, all members involved in a project benefit from the information in the models and the quality of the content.