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Kari Ristolainen, chief advisor and architect, Senate Properties Investments Finland

  When did Finland first publically support BIM? Senate Properties has published BIM Requirements in 2007 as well allowing other national and international organizations use them. Then we asked several organizations to give feedback to get confidence to go on with them but we didn’t get any real information from them. Attitudes and economic situation […]

 

When did Finland first publically support BIM?

Senate Properties has published BIM Requirements in 2007 as well allowing other national and international organizations use them. Then we asked several organizations to give feedback to get confidence to go on with them but we didn’t get any real information from them.

Attitudes and economic situation in Europe has been blocking the development.

CAD/ BIM software vendors has not understood their best for future development towards better and faster IFC –conversions.

Our Senior Project managers didn’t not yet year 2008 have enough time to implement and study BIM’s advantages.

 

What have been the benefits?

Senate Properties has started to think the whole investment process in a new way. We think that the whole lifecycle can be simulated with BIM tools.

Senate Properties has promoted “open BIM” where IFC and model checking routines are necessary.

MEP designers and installation companies has started to use BIM and prints from BIM on sites to help their installation  works and logistics.

 

What is your message to other governments/ authorities who are currently not supporting the widespread use of BIM?

Senate Properties has been the first “player” requiring BIM from the AEC industry in Finland since 2007. Now we have over 50 projects done with BIM. One flagship project is Music Centre new building in Helsinki ready to open this August 2011.

Governments has to require better design and simulations for example with BIM.

Professional associations and CAD Software vendors can give education and discuss the rules with Governmental organizations.

As clients of the Architecture, Engineering, Construction, and Facilities Management (AEC/FM) sector Governments strive toward achieving open standards in industry, specifically in BIM (i.e., planning and design component) and in “Smart Buildings” Technologies. (i.e., operations component), to foster innovation and the continuous advancement of productivity, efficiency, quality, and sustainability through energy use reduction in building construction and operations, leading to a better built environment for end users, clients, and stakeholders.

We hope that Governments  will support, to the extent legally and practically possible, the use of open standards BIM and SBT solutions in public construction works.

 

 

 

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