Scope of the European Directive on Public Procurement

The use of BIM internationally is very diverse. The Nordic countries, the UK and Ireland were the furthest advanced at first but nowadays there is a widespread intention to implement BIM all over the World.

At the European level, Directive 2014/24/EU on public procurement establishes the need to use software (media data and tools to model the building) in processes for contracting construction work, services and supplies as of September 2018.

With regard to this directive, two points should be highlighted. The first concerns article 22, on building information electronic modelling tools or similar. This article opens up the possibility that Member States may require the use of specific tools for electronic data modelling of buildings in their procurement processes for construction work, services and supplies.

The second point concerns the characteristics required of construction work, services or supplies. Article 42 refers to these as “technical specifications” and Annex VII defines what may be meant here: standards (international, European or national); European technical assessments according to the European regulation of construction products (EU) 305/2011; common technical specifications of Regulation (EU) 1025/2012 on the European standardization organizations, and any document prepared by the Europeans other than the above (technical references). It therefore confirms that the European standardization framework is the context of definition for the technical specifications of construction work, services and supplies in Europe.

Among other effects of this directive, it is expected that the fact ofthere be different levels of electronic information on the characteristics of works contracts and public services will allow us to evaluate the offers from a number of perspectives and taking the full lifecycles into consideration rather than focusing only on direct costs.