Russia to copy “interesting UK experience” and make BIM compulsory

The use of building information modelling (BIM) is set to become compulsory on all construction projects commissioned by the Russian government after 2018.

The announcement was made by Mikhail Menn, head of the Construction, Housing and Utilities ministry, during the ProEstate Forum for international property companies in Moscow yesterday (14 September).

Menn said that the Russian government had been influenced by the "interesting" British experience in the field of BIM technologies implementation.

He claimed that the UK government’s use of BIM was directly responsible for a 30% reduction in construction cost. "Their experience showed that we, in Russia, are heading in a 100% right direction," he said.

Governments around the world have urged the use of BIM to get more value for money from their capital investment projects. The UK is in the forefront of these efforts by making the use of "level two" BIM – which requires collaborative working using common design formats – compulsory as of April this year.

A guide to what progress countries around the world are making in digitising their construction industries is available here.

Image: One scheme that might have benefited from a BIM: Russia’s Vostochny Cosmodrome (Dmitry Rogozin)

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