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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.  


The Croatian Chamber of Architects was established in June 2009. It originated from the professional class of architects of the former Croatian Chamber of Architects and Civil Engineers, which operated from 19998 to July 2009. The Chamber is a legal entity with public authority based in Zagreb.

The website contains information listed under the headings Directories, Chamber, Laws & Regulations, Tenders, Members only, Professional Development, and Newsletter Archive.


This is the website for the non-profit association – BIM Croatia. This organisation contributes to the initiation and development of the application of BIM in Croatia by setting standards through various professions, jobs and software, and also advise, educate encourage and inform about the application of BIM in the right way.

The website has a wealth of resources, including a link to a Handbook for the introduction of BIM by the European public sector, etc., guidelines, and a vast array of BIM-related articles, with a historical archive. There are also links to BIM-related events and courses. The Guidelines for BIM approach in infrastructure projects is issued by the Croatian Chamber of Civil Engineers, and looks at the full application of BIM in infrastructure projects.


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The Ministry of Physical Planning, Construction and State Property (Ministarstvo prostornoga uređenja, graditeljstva i državne imovine, MPGI) has taken a lead to promote the use of BIM and digital technologies within Croatia. The construction sector is strategically important for the Republic of Croatia and the European Union because it creates buildings and infrastructure that are necessary for everyday life and the economy. It also acts as the backbone for all accompanying activities in the European Union (EU), from economic to social initiatives. It represents 9% of EU GDP with the highest number of employees in industry, of which as many as 43.6 million are directly or indirectly related to the construction sector.

With a view to creating a common European approach to the development of the digital construction sector, the European Commission has brought together interested Member States in the EU BIM Task Group. Since 2017, MPGI has been an equal member of the EU BIM Task Group and actively participates in promoting BIM and implementing it.

To implement BIM in the Republic of Croatia, the Ministry has formed a working group called the HR BIM Task Group, consisting of representatives of architectural and engineering chambers and national administrative bodies. This website acts as a repository and signpost for the activities of these groups and the progress on BIM adoption in Croatia.

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The Croatian Chamber of Civil Engineers (Hrvatska Komora Inženjera Građevinarstva) is an independent professional organisation of certified civil engineers, construction engineers, head of works, and other construction professionals based in the Republic of Croatia. The chamber is set up for people who perform the tasks of the regulated profession, in accordance with special regulations governing the performance of activities in the field of zoning and construction.

The Croatian Chamber of Civil Engineers represents its members and their interests. It seeks to improve engineering activities in order to protect the public interest and interests of third parties. It preserves the reputation, honour and rights of certified civil engineers, and provides conditions for the proper performance of design and/or professional supervision of construction.

This document was produced by the Chamber of Civil Engineers to enable and support the adoption of BIM on projects. The guidelines cover the introduction to BIM and how it can be used in Croatian projects. They also explain the full information management and data exchange process alongside how models can be used on projects. The guidance can be used by organisations to make their first steps towards the introduction of BIM.

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BIM Croatia (BIM Hrvatska) is a non-profit association that was founded in 2018 with the main goal of expanding and encouraging the national application of BIM. BIM Croatia brings together professionals of the Croatian construction industry, including engineers with many years of experience in the application of BIM in the design, construction and management of buildings. Given the many wide applications and technologies that support BIM, clear rules and procedures need to be set.

This was the guiding thought of the founders of the association, who want to contribute to the implementation of BIM in Croatia through their own experience. BIM Croatia contributes to its implementation by setting standards through different professions, jobs and software. It also advises, educates, encourages and informs. In view of these goals, the establishment of a citizens’ association as a non-profit and independent entity has emerged as the best way to achieve this.

The goals of BIM Croatia are:

  • Initiating changes in the way buildings are planned and constructed, how they are used and managed using the BIM approach.
  • Information on the construction industry, especially regarding BIM access.
  • Encouraging and accelerating the implementation of BIM in construction.
  • Increasing the competitiveness of the construction industry in domestic and foreign markets.
  • Connecting professionals with domestic and international organisations, investors and companies.
  • Standardisation of the application of BIM and the encouragement of better cooperation in construction.

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