Vienna, 12th November 2019 – “Building better” is the declared objective of the “Chance Bau” (Opportunity for Building) Inquiry, which is working towards this objective with the help of the specialist knowledge of 25 recognized experts. In a series of intensive workshops – organized by “Bau und Immobilien Report” – they developed concrete measures for the future development of the construction industry. The list of issues ranges from “affordable housing” via “refurbishment” and “procurement law” to “BIM/Digitalization”. The results from the sessions were presented yesterday to around 150 guests at the Headquarters of A1 in Vienna.
Pressing for a breakthrough
The workshop “BIM/Digitalization” included a key contribution from the university professor and ATP CEO Christoph M. Achammer. As an early champion of modern design methods he joined other experts in addressing the question of whether it was also possible in Austria to help BIM to make a decisive breakthrough. “I am convinced that we must also combine our efforts here and force politicians to accept their responsibility. This requires three things: 1. the introduction of pilot projects and 2. the simplification of statutory procedures. And we also need a phased plan under which openBIM becomes obligatory in public procurement procedures by 01.01.2022”. The workshop team then formulated this demand as follows: “Establish guidelines – define these – create a framework.”
A comparison with Switzerland
The digitalization of the building industry is already well under way in Switzerland thanks to the Federal Government’s “Digitale Schweiz” strategy. From 2021 all public real estate projects in the country must be planned using BIM. Thanks to its in-house BIM Competence Center, ATP Zurich is already excellently prepared to respond to this challenge.