The new procurement code (Legislative Decree 36/2023) introduces BIM as a new tool to improve the efficiency, quality and sustainability of construction. Annex I9 of the Procurement Code defines BIM as “a set of digital technologies to support decision-making processes and virtual modeling of a work, capable of integrating design information, with the aim of improving the quality, efficiency and sustainability of construction.”
Article 43 paragraph 1 of the new Procurement Code stipulates the mandatory use of the BIM process from January 1, 2025 for contracts over 1 million euros.
Specifically it stipulates that:
as of January 1, 2025, public authorities and awarding bodies shall adopt digital construction information management methods and tools for the design and construction of new construction works and interventions on existing constructions with a tender amount exceeding 1 million euros.
Annex I9 also establishes a set of minimum requirements that must be met for the use of BIM in public procurement. These requirements cover operator training, technical specifications of the BIM model, processes for acquiring and managing information, and verification of the quality of the BIM model.
The main benefits that BIM can bring to public procurement are:
Improved construction quality: BIM makes it possible to identify and correct errors during the design phase, reducing the risk of defects and flaws in construction.
Improved process efficiency: BIM allows for the automation of certain activities, such as the production of documentation and coordination between the different actors involved in construction.
Lower costs: BIM can help reduce construction costs by improving efficiency and reducing the risk of errors.
Greater sustainability of construction: BIM can help reduce the environmental impact of construction by improving the design and execution of works.
The introduction of BIM in public works is an important step in improving the efficiency, quality and sustainability of construction. BIM can help reduce costs and improve citizens’ quality of life.
Here are some specific examples of how BIM can be used in public procurement:
BIM can be used to create 3D models of the works to be built, which can be used to simulate the behavior of structures, identify any problems and optimize construction processes.
BIM can be used to create databases of information about the works to be built, which can be used to share information among the different stakeholders involved in projects, improve communication and reduce the risk of errors.
BIM can be used to create simulation and analysis tools, which can be used to assess the environmental impact of construction works and improve the sustainability of projects.
The introduction of BIM in public works is a gradual process, requiring time and investment. However, the benefits that BIM can bring are significant, and Italy has the opportunity to become a leader in the development and use of this technology. And it’s easier with us; for more in-depth information, please do not hesitate to contact us.