Keynote Speaker – BIM development and adoption in Finland: a long journey
The Research and Development (R&D) of Building Information Modelling (BIM) started in Finland very early, already in the 1980s in the RATAS projects. Until 1996 the main focus was on the theoretical research, but in the mid-1990s the focus started to shift towards practical implementation and adoption of BIM. As a result, Tekes, the Finnish Funding Agency for Technology and Innovation, initiated in 1997 a large R&D programme VERA aiming to the practical adoption of BIM in the industry.
Considering the small size of the country (population slightly over 5 million people) and the early stage of BIM, the programme was huge; its total budget was about 47 million euros, duration 6 years and the total programme consisted of 161 projects. The programme led to several advanced BIM software and pilot projects and five years later, 2007, to the mandatory use of BIM in the projects of the governmental building owner, Senate Properties. In 2012, Senate Properties BIM Guidelines were further developed to the National BIM Requirements for buildings (COBIM 2012) and the BIM requirements for the infrastructure sector were published in 2015.
In 2016 Finnish Government initiated a new KIRA-digi effort which aims to the digitalization of the construction industry. The presentation will describe the history and current status of the Finnish BIM development and adoption and discuss the challenges and achievements of the long process.
The second Keynote Session of the day is also dedicated to BIM Visionaries. An overview of the milestones conquered in the BIM field, this year will be presented to our audience by one of the most open-minded BIM Leaders. Mr. Arto Kiviniemi, a great innovator of the sector and the pillar of Finnish BIM implantation and development will be in charge of the BIM Storytelling.