On 17 May 2018, vipnetzwerk GmbH and HFK Rechtsanwälte LLP hosted the 2nd BIM Manufacturers’ Conference of the bim2bim network.

After the 1st Conference at the Frankfurter HFK office in November 2017 already enjoyed strong attendance with around 60 participants from the construction products manufacturing industry, the event in Berlin now attracted almost 80 participants.

At the 2nd BIM Manufacturers’ Conference in Berlin on 17 May 2018, topics already touched on in November 2017 were addressed and discussed in more detail. Inspired by five keynote presentations, attendees discussed and thoroughly examined current questions and future developments in connection with the application and implementation of BIM systems.

Dr. Till Kemper, lawyer at HFK Rechtsanwälte LLP, provided an insight into the exciting topic of “BIM and the law” and talked about the BIM-specific requirements affecting product manufacturer in particular, along with the issues arising in connection therewith. His presentation focused on the requirements for manufacturer services with BIM in conventional contract and public procurement law, the interfaces of BIM with construction products law and consulting services, as well as the development of new business models and pathways including any necessary risk management required in connection therewith. Special attention was also paid to the liability issues caused by the use of BIM and solutions for these issues. For example, as a rule, there is no joint liability by the various project participants. Rather, everyone remains responsible for the proper performance of their contractually assigned services. The same applies to supplier data and ready-made data models. Each manufacturer/supplier is liable for its data. In addition, the planner is liable to the contracting entity for the data used. A more tricky liability-related question arises with regard to so-called system solutions. Here, the project planner is not required to monitor the constructive and technical details contained in these specialist plans “in the field”. The project planner is not liable for defects in the system. However, the project, is responsible in connection with the grading of third-party plans. In particular, the architect’s verification and monitoring duties relate to the interface area between the system plan and the surrounding building parts. These principles must be transferred to the BIM solutions, in whose context construction products manufacturers are providing more and more planning services. In the future, the question will arise as to whether existing public procurement practices will be changed and focused more towards system solutions from manufacturers, for example by focusing the award criteria on the benefits of a service in operation.
As the presentations by Hüsamettin Cicek and Professor Dr. Frank Ehrenheim have shown, this would make sense as the long-term costs are determined more by the operation than by the construction of a building. As Hüsamettin Cicek has shown in his practical example from the area of software development, using intelligent CAFM systems, it is possible already now to significantly lower operating costs within a very short period of time. It is also already possible to link the CAFM to data from a BIM model. Based on the standard for sustainable FM co-developed by Professor Dr. Frank Ehrenheim, regarding the 7 D levels, public contracting entities would also be able to query these quality features during the procurement process.

Bernd Günther, Data Design Systems GmbH, pointed out how even small and medium-sized companies can make themselves BIM-capable. The most important steps were to define the location and target, and to identify the available resources. However, initially, the basis for all this was to make the fundamental business decision to move towards BIM. As many reactions from the audience revealed, a large section of companies and technical building equipment planners have either not yet made this decision or have (for the time being) rejected the idea.

This topic and possible solutions also dominated the other presentations.

Here is an overview of the various presentations:

  • “BIM integration and smart building in construction projects”
    Presenter: Hüsamettin Cicek, Civil Engineer, Director, MCS Solutions Deutschland
  • “BIM 101: Demystification, practice and vision”
    Presenter: Bernd Günter, Data Design Systems GmbH
  • “BIM and the law”
    Presenter: Dr. Till Kemper M.A., HFK Rechtsanwälte LLP/bim2bim
  • “BIM, the path to the integrated data model in FM?”
    Presenter: Professor Dr. Frank Ehrenheim, Technical University of Central Hessen, Facility Management
  • “Presentation of the bim2bim partner network”
    Presenter: Udo Feucht, vipnetzwerk.com GmbH/bim2bim

In summary, it can be said that the use and implementation of the BIM method creates new, but not insurmountable, challenges for all stakeholders, which are best solved through mutual cooperation. The development of both information technology and the law are further along that one might perceive. The lack of information about practical experiences, on the other hand, is immense. This lack must be eliminated in order to create the basis for the necessary decisions and measures for a BIM-capable company. The BIM Manufacturers’ Conference in Berlin made a significant contribution towards this goal.

Further information on this topic is available at https://www.immobilien-zeitung.de/146642/bim-netzwerk-entwirrt-begriffsdschungel