The Implementation of BIM in Spain

In Spain there were some pioneering experiences of implementation of BIM by institutions and public administrations. The Spanish Chapter of the international organisation BuildingSMART sets itself the task of  encouraging the use of BIM nationwide, engaging all actors in the sector, both public and private. As a member of BuildingSMART, ITeC integrates and coordinates its actions with the aims of BuildingSMART.

The Spanish Association for Standardization and Certification, AENOR, responsible for the development of technical standards and certifications, set up the Standardization Committee AEN / CTN 41 / SC13 in 2012 for the organization of information models relating to construction and civil engineering. ITeC joined this committee on 2015, contributing its expertise in the structure and use of databases in these fields.

The Spanish Ministry of Public Works announced on April 28 2015 at a conference in Madrid the creation of a public-private task force to work on measures for implementing BIM methodology in Spain. On July 14th 2015 the working group Esbim was formed and since then have been defining the Spanish roadmap for the transposition of Directive 2014/24/EU.

In the academic field, at EUBIM 2014 Congress at the UPV Polytechnic University of Valencia it was agreed that the publication of the BIM academic manifesto should call for a training plan for a Collaborative BIM integrated among all academic institutions, nationally and internationally. The objective of the plan is to improve the training of students, teachers and professionals in the construction sector.

In Catalonia, since 2014 the public company Infrastructure of the Generalitat of Catalonia (Infraestructures de la Generalitat de Catalunya) initiated pilot projects in the use of BIM in construction projects as a first step to assess the adoption of BIM in public works.

In February 2015 in Barcelona, under the auspices of the European BIM Summit several Catalan institutions signed and published a letter of intent and schedule goals for the adoption of BIM by all stakeholders working in Catalonia.

Goal 2015-2016: Agree a BIM mandate in Catalonia
Goal 2017: Adoption of IFC standards, guidelines, classifications and processes of digital delivery model thinking at every stage of the construction project, its execution, and the subsequent maintenance of its integration into the city. Definition of common protocols for the creation and definition of shared information among agents with a view to full interoperability among all parties.
Goals 2018: The public infrastructure facilities and budget of over 2 M € should be in place in BIM in design and construction phases.
Circumscribe this objective in new construction projects.
Goals 2020: All public infrastructure and facilities must be in place in BIM in all phases: design – construction – maintenance.
Circumscribe this objective for all new construction and renovation projects

It is hoped that these and other institutional initiatives nationwide will progress towards achieving a common goal of improving efficiency in construction and that this will provide benefits to all stakeholders.

In Catalonia the Build the Future Commission, composed of public and private entities, has been working for a collaborative implantation of BIM since 2015.

BIM Summit 2016 assessed the progress made in the previous year and made public the document A year later, 10 reflections

BIMCAT Barcelona Declaration
BIM European Summit Barcelona 2016