Building Information Modeling continues to gain ground in Germany – but its penetration is still not as high as in other countries. Nonetheless, Drees & Sommer BIM expert Peter Liebsch believes that the German market is now ready for the new planning method.
“More and more players will adopt BIM.”
Peter Liebsch, Head of Design Technology
WHAT IS THE STATUS OF BUILDING INFORMATION MODELING IN GERMANY IN MID 2016?
PETER LIEBSCH: The German BIM standards are still under development. For example, the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure is working on guidelines to make BIM mandatory for infrastructure projects by 2020. The question is whether the building construction industry can achieve binding BIM specifications sooner...
THE PRINCIPALS WILL NOT BE AN OBSTACLE, WILL THEY?
Principals and contracting parties are generally actively involved in BIM. We can meet this demand with our BIM consulting or BIM strategy consulting services. In parallel to project activities, we are working to further establish BIM – for example through local BIM clusters such as those in Hamburg and Stuttgart. The goal is to continue developing the BIM Best Practice Guide, which systematically describes the procedures for all involved.
WHICH BIM TRENDS WILL BE OF INTEREST TO DREES & SOMMER IN FUTURE?
What is emerging is that soon it will only be possible to safeguard the client’s interests – risk minimization and cost, schedule and quality certainty – with BIM. Will BIM also be used for plausibility checking in the medium term.
WILL BIM CHANGE THE PROJECT TEAMS?
Yes, we can already see that will happen. There will be new roles and responsibilities. Initially, there will be a new service – BIM management – in addition to project management. In the medium term, however, BIM will become so fully integrated as a basic tool that the two roles will merge.
WHAT IS YOUR PREDICTION FOR THE ACCEPTANCE OF BIM?
More and more construction industry players will adopt BIM, simply because it allows us to model a better process and achieve significant efficiency gains.