The New Grand Coalition in Germany: More Emphasis on Building Information Modeling (BIM)

The Grand Coalition in Germany is keen to efficiently foster national digital transformation over the next four years. Major challenges, including social injustice, housing shortage, and drastic gentrification, stir tension in areas of housing, infrastructure, and construction. With regards to this topic, Building Information Modeling (BIM) has attracted the attention of German political leaders. With additional, increasing necessity of digitalization, the new government turns to BIM to improve performance and to leverage competition in the market.

In 2015, the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure already recognize the beneficial potential of BIM. Since then, the legislative branch has expressed similar support in the coalition contract. The new government is concerned with several construction projects, which are delayed seemingly due to inefficient project management. For instance, the construction of the new Berlin airport (BER), which has far exceeded the initially proposed budget. BIM is able to address such lacking capacities, creating powerful synergies between old and new infrastructure. Click here to read a full report on the rising role of BIM at a national and state level, supplemented with related financials.

Authored by Björn Sacknieß, Elisabeth Zettle and Elaine Oves.