The national BIM strategy of Spain is launched at a meeting at Spain’s Ministry of Infrastructure this week. The compulsory BIM requirements on public sector projects are expected to include in this strategy. No firm has yet been agreed for the onset of BIM as a legal requirement. But discussions will focus on a phased mandate for various sectors with a possible beginning point of 2018.
Ana Pastor, Sapin’s minister of public works convened the meeting and he established a BIM steering committee. Representatives of public sector bodies, infrastructure owners, national ministers and private contractors and consultants are included in this committee.
As per the press release from the ministry, the purposes of this commission are the following.
» Promotion of BIM implementation in the Spanish construction industry
» Promotion of BIM use throughout the lifecycle of infrastructure
» Creation of public administration awareness in establishing BIM requirements in tenders for infrastructure
» Establishment of a timetable to adapt the rules to the widespread use of BIM
» Development of national standards to facilitate BIM use
» Creation of homogeneous academic training map of BIM methodology in Spain
Five task groups will be set up by the steering committee. International liaison task group is the first one among them and it’s aim is to align Spain’s work on BIM with other nearby countries in the EU. It will also establish connection with South American countries, which have cultural similarities with Spain. Dealing with strategies, technologies, people and process are the responsibilities of other four groups.
Ineco, a consultant on major transport infrastructure projects such as airports, roads, high speed rail and ports etc., is included in the meeting on Tuesday. Ineco’s Sergio Munoz Gomez, President of the Spanish chapter BuildingSmart, suggested a BIM mandate in Spain implementation date of 2018, but it is just a proposal. According to him, the most appropriate dates should be decided only after discussion. Different dates should be distinguished for residential construction, infrastructure and building depending on the maturity in various sectors.
Deputy Director in Ineco’s civil engineering department, Jorge Torrico Liz, said that the level of BIM should be defined, even though it would be similar to the British Level 2. Other interesting task is to align definitions around Europe.
Even though big construction companies have engaged in other markets in BIM, there are many small companies, who think about investing in new methodologies and it is the task of the committee to convince them.