Given the importance of having objective data regarding the progress of BIM in public projects, Planbim published in 2022 the first report of the BIM Observatory of public tenders. This study includes 1,990 tenders carried out between 2013 and 2020 by different public institutions, and its results show that 70% of the investment corresponds to projects that required BIM.

The Automated Project Review Platform (PARPro) is an automatic verification tool for IFC models, whose main objective is to reduce the time that Ministry teams, without having expert knowledge in BIM, spend reviewing projects received from suppliers. The use of BIM in the Ministry’s first pilot projects has already helped reduce review time by 75%. PARPro will further increase the efficiency of review processes.

After reviewing different existing BIM role matrices internationally, in 2017 Planbim worked with representatives of the public, private and academic sectors to define BIM roles for the Chilean industry. In November of the same year, this work resulted in the BIM Role Matrix that defines five roles (Direction, Review, Modeling, Coordination and Management in BIM), and identifies the BIM capabilities necessary to exercise them, as well as the knowledge and previous experience, not related to BIM, that the people who perform them must have. This Matrix is connected with the Uses and with the BIM execution plan that is requested from Suppliers in public project tenders, all included in the Chilean BIM Standard for Public Projects.

Between 2017 and 2022, Planbim worked collaboratively with Minvu in the implementation of BIM in new home construction projects, as well as in initiatives to improve existing homes and their surroundings. This process allowed the generation of BIM Information Requests for four types of ministry projects, as well as a technological tool to support the review of BIM projects in the institution.

ISO 19650 is the prominent global standard for the implementation of BIM, focusing on the collaborative process integral to the entire life cycle of constructed assets. Developed and published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), this standard serves as a comprehensive framework for managing information from the conception of a project, through construction and operation to its eventual decommissioning. The development and publication of ISO 19650 highlights the commitment of international standards bodies to creating a consistent and efficient approach to BIM implementation on a global scale.  

ISO 19650 is a multi-part standard. Part 1 delineates fundamental concepts and principles, while Part 2 provides practical guidance for information management throughout the project life cycle. The scalability of ISO 19650 allows organizations to tailor its application to the specific needs and intricacies of their projects. As an internationally recognized standard, ISO 19650 reflects the collaborative efforts of standards bodies to enhance global construction industry practices. Throughout this process, transparency, collaboration, and consensus-building are key principles. ISO standards, including ISO 19650, are developed with input from experts and stakeholders worldwide to ensure that they reflect a global consensus on best practices.  

A country might choose to adopt ISO 19650 for several reasons, all of which contribute to the standard’s potential benefits in enhancing the efficiency and effectiveness of construction and infrastructure projects. Some of the reasons why a country might decide to adopt ISO 19650:

  • Global standardisation of processes
  • Support interoperability and collaboration
  • Consider a quality assured approach to information management
  • Competitive advantage and potential for cross boarder trade
  • Improved project delivery outcomes

In summary, the adoption of ISO 19650 by a country can bring about international alignment, improved collaboration, risk reduction, and enhanced competitiveness in the construction industry, ultimately contributing to more successful and sustainable infrastructure development. Countries will usually adopt ISO 19650 by publishing a national annex to the standard.

Planbim Chile has created a BIM Execution Plan (BEP) template as a free resource for construction professionals to use on projects.

This template can be used directly on a project. The BIM Execution Plan has two versions: ‘Offer’ and ‘Definitive’.

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BIM Forum Chile is an open and convening body, bringing together companies and professionals who can contribute their knowledge and experiences to the improvement of techniques related to BIM. It seeks to channel technical concerns, knowledge and information related to BIM. It is also an instance of development, dissemination and good practices for technological development in the construction sector. The purposes of BIM Forum Chile are technical and it meets under the coordination of the Technological Development Corporation (Corporación de Desarrollo Tecnológico, CDT) of the Chilean Chamber of Construction (Cámara Chilena de la Construcción).

BIM Forum Chile has many documents, events and other materials to support BIM adoption in the country. Its objectives are:

  • Propose and encourage recognised good practices for the development of projects with the use of BIM throughout its lifecycle.
  • Promote research, collect/select knowledge and technical information related to BIM in Chile.
  • Generate instances of meeting, dissemination and technology transfer related to BIM.
  • Promote alliances and articulations between national and international entities, favouring BIM initiatives that have a sectoral impact.
  • Contribute to the formation of capacities, competences and skills related to BIM.

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The BIM Standard for Public Projects video tutorials were developed to facilitate the comprehension of this document and its concepts. They explain topics such as: What is a BIM Execution Plan, how to use the BIM Entity Information Matrix (Matriz de Información de Entidades), how are the Types and Levels of Information defined (Tipos de información or TDI, Niveles de información or NDI), among others. Furthermore, these videos explain some of the activities required to achieve an interoperable BIM workflow using IFC, including the use of free software to check the quality of BIM models.

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During April and May 2020, Planbim produced six webinars about different Digital Transformation and BIM topics. Some of the topics included were: Digital leadership, BIM’s ISO Standards, and how to use the BIM Standard for Public Projects, among others. The sessions are available on Planbim’s YouTube Channel, attracting more than 12.700 views.

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There are currently three IFC guides available: Bridges, Hospital Equipment, and Reinforcement Elements and Structural Connections. These include the IFC entities that can be used in every type of model. These guides are free to download from Planbim’s webpage.

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