In the European perspective, the construction sector is becoming increasingly strategic for the development of the economy of individual member states, evolving technologically and methodologically at different rates. However, all stakeholders recognize the main problems that affect the construction process: the lack of digital tools for proper communication between designers, companies and contractors, underinvestment in technology and R&D and poor information management both during and after construction.

In this scenario, a new collaborative relationship is established between Italian excellence RINA and B1P Group, to develop a methodology that can evaluate the monetary, and non-monetary, costs and benefits of using BIM in the public construction sector.

This synergy between the two companies was initiated following the awarding of a tender by EASME, the European Union’s Executive Agency for Small and Medium Enterprises. The need of the European Union is to raise awareness of the use of BIM methodology among all European Contracting Authorities.

The cost-benefit analysis methodology developed by the two Italian companies, RINA and B1P Group, will enable European Contracting Authorities to assess the benefits for their specific projects and to make decisions in a more informed way, even in the long term. The model will be validated by demonstrating its relevance and practical applicability through 6 case studies, representative of different types of projects and types of buildings and infrastructures.

A user-friendly information manual will then be produced, published and made available to all European Contracting Authorities.

Also thanks to BIM, therefore, to its technology, its process of design and management of works and the control of all information relating to the project, the process of recovery of the construction sector in the European Union is started. With BIM and the Cost-Benefit model, under development by RINA and B1P Group, the quality level of the project is raised, allowing a greater detail of all its phases, the reduction of time, the decrease of error margins and a significant reduction of costs.