ICELAND – Challenges in Implementing a BIM Strategy in a Small Economy
In 2008, the Government Construction Contracting Agency, the contracting authority for state-funded new building construction, requested BIM as a project deliverable in any project above 3.5 million euros. It can be argued that small economies have many advantages in terms of stimulating technology change and collaboration and professional relationships that accelerate innovation. The request for BIM, however, would be termed as a paradigm shift for the conservative industry. Based on its BIM maturity, the initial action plan opted for BIM guidelines and approaches developed in neighbouring countries with mature BIM markets, and at that time, leading BIM development worldwide. The top-down approach adopted, raised questions, and may in fact, have contributed to higher project risks, establishing Lonely BIM and in general slowing uptake of BIM processes in the industry.
In the talk, we will discuss some of the attributing factors and the way forward based on a BIM strategy founded on technology supported integrated, collaborative processes and contractual arrangements in alignment with the EU BIM Task Group agenda.