The ever wider introduction of BIM in the Finnish infrastructure sector rests on three factors: General Infra Model Requirements and Instructions, the open Inframodel data exchange format developed in Finland, and the InfraBIM Classification System that supports BIM. All have been developed and tested in tens of pilot projects across Finland.
A key part of the recent development of infrastructure modeling was done as part of the FINBIM work package of the RYM PRE (Built Environment Process Re-Engineering) program. That company-driven research consortium included 17 enterprises, major infrastructure owners, and three research institutes. Tekes provided about half of the research funding, with the remainder coming from enterprises.
”All key infrastructure operators form a united front as they realize the need of higher productivity. Our vision was that in 2014 infrastructure managers would order predominantly BIM-based services from design to maintenance. The greatest obstacles to BIM-based ordering have now been removed, ” says Kimmo Laatunen, Product Development Manager at VR Track Oy.
The General Infra Model Requirements will be published this spring. Version 3.1 of the Inframodel data exchange format will come out already in March. Its uniform content was created as part of the Infra FINBIM work package along with instructions for exchange of input data and data of design and implementation models. Infrastructure sector nomenclature has also been expanded to support BIM.
”BIM will change the process of every infrastructure operator. Over time it will also have an impact on every infrastructure user. We are moving towards increasingly intelligent infrastructure, Laatunen continues.
Laatunen is convinced that full exploitation of BIM-based operation requires continuous investment in the development of standards, interfaces and softwares.” The client must be capable of assessing how BIM can maximize the added value of a project, and how it can help achieve the overall aims of a project. On the other hand, a project’s service providers must also know how to adapt their operational processes to clients’ goals.”
The results of the Infra FINBIM work package and many previous R&D projects are translated into practice and refined by the bSF Infrastructure Business Group established under buildingSmart Finland which is coordinated by the Building Information Foundation RTS.