The construction and real estate industry in Germany is charac terized by many small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Due to the unique nature of each and every construction project, new project-based consortia are continually formed. As a result, members of a consortium must coordinate their business processes with each other over and over again.
All this comes along with the international challenge of an ever-increasing specialization and fragmentation of the planning processes which results in an increasing complexity of the projects and many different interdependencies and interactions. Not to mention persistently increasing time and cost pressures.
Whereas the BIM method is already widely spread and successfully applied in the USA, in the UK or in Scandinavia, Germany has a lot of catching up to do. It is especially the many SMEs – typical of Germany’s construction and real estate industry – that need to be convinced of the great potentials of BIM for designing, construct- ing and operating buildings.
The goal of the state-funded project BIMiD is to demonstrate exemplarily the BIM method based on several practical building developments. Lessons learned from these demonstrations are meant to make BIM a success especially among small and medium-sized enterprises in Germany.
The focus in the joint research project BIMiD is on two practical building developments (so called „reference projects“), where BIM processes and standards are being applied, developed and scientifically evaluated starting from the very beginning of the design and construction phase. Besides technical issues (such as standardization of interfaces) and methods of application, BIMiD also adresses the topics of work organization, contract design and user acceptance.
The following three aspects are in the focus of BIMiD:
As a result of the selection process, two building developments have been selected to be monitored during their design and building phases:
The central BIM reference project
New development of the „Office building ‚Haus H‘“, for Volkswagen Financial Services AG in Brunswick – A five-story office building for 400 state-of-the-art office workstations and large training areas.
Architect: Gaudlitz Architekten GmbH, Wolfsburg
Start of construction: April 2015
“The state-funded project BIMiD contributes to make use of a large improvement potential in the German construction and real estate industry. This is only possible thanks to intelligent, consistent and lossless establishment and sharing of building information. The many small and medium- sized enterprises in Germany are the ones in particular that can become more efficient and internationally competitive. Thanks to the BIMiD project it is possible to demonstrate this process-oriented, integrated and highly collaborative planning method based on practical implementations.“
Siegfried Wernik, Architect, Executive Director of buildingSMART – German Speaking Chapter
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Klaus Sedlbauer, Director of the Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics IBP and Professor of Building Physics in the Faculty of Civil, Geo and Environmental Engineering at the Technical University of Munich (TUM)
Fraunhofer Institute for Building Physics IBP, Holzkirchen and Stuttgart
Project management, preparation for and support to the reference building developments, sustainability certification considerations
Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Engineering IAO, Stuttgart
Tools and methods for collaboration
AEC3 Deutschland GmbH, Munich
Standardization of business processes, data requests and interfaces
University of Mannheim, Institute for Small and Medium Sized Companies (ifm)
Accompanying research in the fields of social sciences and business
Jade University, Campus Oldenburg, Department of Construction and Geoinformation
Didactic rework of the findings from the reference projects
buildingSMART – German Speaking Chapter, Berlin
Public relations, event organization and internal project communication