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Chile is moving forward to the implementation of BIM

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Friday 12 de June del 2020

Since 2016, the Planbim program of the Digital Transformation Committee (CTD) of Corfo is articulating the different actors in the construction industry to encourage the correct adoption of BIM, with a focus on increasing the productivity of the construction industry. Planbim aims to reduce the costs and deadlines of public projects and make the operation of this infrastructure more efficient. In order to achieve this, the first goal is using the BIM methodology for the development and operation of public infrastructure and building projects by 2020. The second goal is the integration of BIM with the online DOM platform, which will allow building permits to be requested through an online platform. The BIM implementation process is materializing through a coordinated and gradual work with different public institutions. This is focused on the implementation of BIM in its processes, the training of its equipment, the construction of standardized requirements for its tenders, and the generation of a national BIM standard. This seeks, among other things, to facilitate the participation of private parties in tenders and to obtain accurate information on the projects that provide better tools for decision making. “For the state and also the private sector, implementing the BIM methodology implies, as a result, reducing its capital and operational costs in the same more transparent and traceable process and, eventually, building more infrastructure with the same current investment,” says Juan Francisco Garcia, CEO of the CTD. Planbim has developed a multisectoral work, specifically, through workshops, talks and training with the public, private and academic sectors in order to generate the necessary bases to promote methodological change and the incorporation of information technologies for the digital transformation of the industry. The CEO of Planbim, Carolina Soto, explains that “since the beginning of Planbim we knew that having a standard was one of the key pieces so that the requirements to 2020 and 2025 could be met. We needed that the different actors involved in a project communicate in a standardized way and can share the information in a fluid way that is useful for everyone.” For this reason, the Planbim team, together with a multisectoral group, from the construction industry worked – throughout 2018 – in the development of the BIM Standard for Public Projects: Information Exchange between the Interested Party and the Principal, document that was built from the survey and study of regulations, standards, protocols and BIM guides – already existing and recognized internationally – and the collection of information on national public projects. “The BIM Standard, promoted by the estate, is an essential part of the modernization and digital transformation. In the Minvu, improving the efficiency of our work will be fundamental and will allow us to improve the quality, traceability and availability of information on the projects developed here,” says Cristian Monckeberg, Minister of Housing and Urban Development. In addition, Monckeberg adds “together with Planbim we are providing training at a management level throughout Chile so that they know the benefits of implementing this standard and can take advantage of it in a good way. Its implementation can help in terms of cost reduction, response times, quality, sustainability and productivity.” It is also sought that BIM be standardized at the Latin American level. For this, in 2018 Planbim began to promote the creation of a working group of Latin American governments that are promoting BIM. “We knew that sharing experiences and learning from the countries of the region could help us all to move forward faster in the implementation of BIM,” says Carolina Soto. Today this group, called the BIM Network of Latin American Governments, has 8 member countries: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay and receives funds from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB). “This Network will allow us to move towards common standards for the use of BIM in Latin America, which will undoubtedly help to expand the opportunities for exporting services for our companies, facilitating their work with BIM in other countries of the region,” adds the CEO of Planbim.

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