The results of leading-edge BIM research must be put to effective use

The results of leading-edge BIM research must be put to effective use

– BIM can improve radically the quality and productivity of construction and facilities management. The multidisciplinary and diverse research conducted in the RYM PRE (Built Environment Process Re-Engineering) program has strengthened Finnish BIM skills in many ways. The big challenge is applying the research results effectively to practice, according to Ilkka Romo, Vice President, R&D at Skanska Oy and chairman of the PRE program steering group.


Ilkka Romo SkanskaFinland has for long been a global leader in BIM research and introduction but, according to Romo, competition is getting tougher all the time. In his assessment published as part of the PRE program results report, he mentions, for example, Great Britain where the Government is investing significantly in BIM as a means of improving the productivity of construction.

The PRE (Built Environment Process Re-Engineering) program implemented in 2010–2014 involved 37 enterprises and 6 research institutes. With the support of Tekes, they invested a total of about €21.8 million in the development of new BIM-based practices and business models. Enterprises introduced many results of the PRE program to markets and started further development already during the program. The PRE program has also produced 112 international research publications and 54 scholarly theses.

– The most significant results of the PRE program were achieved in the development of BIM-based open cooperation models and technologies and concepts supporting decentralized data management and sharing. It formulated BIM-related requirements, guidelines and a data exchange format for the infrastructure sector which in combination accelerate the breakthrough of BIM in Finland and the rest of the world. Moreover, it developed and tested in practice BIM-based tools and processes that can improve construction project supply chain management and work safety significantly. The results of the program can also be used in many ways in interactive land-use planning and reforming of work environments, Romo suggests. See Romo’s assessment in the PRE results report!

The results and impact analyses of the PRE program have been compiled in a web publication that can be viewed on a computer or a mobile device. It adapts automatically to the small display of a smartphone. The results report in English is available at