Hochtief awarded contract to implement BIM in Germany

German contractor Hochtief will work with motion capture technology firm ViCon to create a road map for the implementation of building information modelling (BIM) in Germany.

The two firms are part of the BIM4INFRA 2020 research team, which also includes the Technical University of Munich, Max Bögl Group and the Ruhr University Bochum.

The BIM road map will take have three stages: a preparatory phase, which has already taken place, a pilot phase, which will last until 2020, and finally the mandatory use of BIMs on projects commissioned by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure.

The project aims to make rendering, planning and construction processes more efficient, transparent, and controllable, especially for large infrastructure projects.

Experts will analyse to what extent BIM is already being used in Germany and determine a realistic performance level when it is introduced in 2020.

Hochtief and ViCon will define the steps required for nationwide BIM implementation and analyse matters relating to the legal and contractual situation. The team will also work out recommended actions and provide market participants with guidelines, samples, and handouts.

They will also train employees and decision-makers for traffic infrastructure projects in federal states.

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