By means of BIM radical improvements to productivity, quality and safety

By means of BIM radical improvements to productivity, quality and safety

The main objective of BIMCON work package was to develop a comprehensive product data management procedure for industrialized construction process that is based on usage of building information model (BIM) for common data management in the supply chains.

The general aim was to encourage the construction branch to adopt rapidly ICT in construction supply networks.

Productivity with information models and mobile devices

Building information modeling, or BIM, provides good opportunities for improving productivity in the construction sector. A 3D plan includes essential information on a construction project’s materials and product components; the quality of design improves and project parties receive the information they need electronically. Construction feasibility and production-technical solutions are developed with the help of a model. Measuring from drawings, susceptible for errors, and time-consuming calculations are eliminated. Mobile devices on site enhance site management activities, improve communication and increase productivity.

Safety on site improves

A well modeled plan is introduced to the site. Occupational safety is improved by the modeling of railings and fall protection. An area model shows the locations of storage areas, machinery, cranes and dangerous tasks. The model is used in inducting workers to the site. A well designed site leads to better order and safety, which also increases productivity.

Work methods in the construction sector changing

An information model collects information from different design areas and production into one place. Using models, different design alternatives are analyzed in advance. Indoor air conditions and energy consumption are simulated in order to find optimal solutions. Carbon footprint will be one criterion. Procurement and manufacture of product components will become more efficient and flawless. Schedule and cost information will be connected to projects. A model provides project parties with a joint interface. The potential for developing productivity and quality is enormous, and a technological breakthrough is already underway.


Ilkka Romo, Skanska Oy


Skanska Oy

Parma Oy

Rautaruukki Corporation

Saint-Gobain Weber Oy

Tekla Corporation

Saint-Gobain Weber Oy

Aalto University

VTT Technical Research Center of Finland