e-Leap in Construction From the recovery and resilience facility’s funds for digital transformation in enterprises 4,5 million euros will be invested in digitalizing the Estonian construction sector. Under the name ehituse e-hüpe / e-leap in construction the funding programme is aimed at Estonian companies and institutions working in or with the construction sector, in order to develop or use digital tools and to expand the services offered on the Estonian e-construction platform. The programme is managed by Estonian Ministry of Economy together with the State Shared Service Centre. 


Various examples of BIM uses on projects 


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.  


RB Rail AS is a multi-national joint venture of the Republics of Estonia, Latvia and Lituania, which has been established to implement Rail Baltica, the largest Baltic-region infrastructure project in the last 100 years with a goal of integrating the Baltic states into the European rail network. The Rail Baltica BIM documentation includes overview presentations (video & PDF) along with a comprehensive package of programme-specific BIM guidance and templates aligned with international standards.

Presentations cover Rail Baltica’s BIM Implementation Vision and Strategy in addition to presentations from recent events. The Full BIM Guidelines Package can be downloaded as a single *.zip package and contains the BIM Manual, BIM Employer’s Information Requirements (EIR), BIM Execution Plan (BEP) Template, Codification Tables and instructions, BIM Objects Attribute Matrix, BIM Objects Level of Geometric Detail (LoG) Matrix and instructions, Task Information Delivery Plan (TIDP) Template, Master Information Delivery Plan (MIDP) Template, BIM Delivery Report Template, Quantity Extraction (QEX) Template, Quantity Take Off (QTO) Template, DataDrop Template, CAD Template and instructions and Clash Check Report Template.

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Riigi Kinnisvara AS (RKAS) is a public sector real estate company using BIM technology in the procurement and development of its construction projects. Through BIM, RKAS has accelerated its digital transformation, increased efficiency and provided more functional buildings with lower lifecycle costs, while making better use of taxpayers’ money in the construction sector.

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The Estonian Building Registry (EHR) has implemented a software solution for BIM-based building permit processes, simplifying and shortening the processing time for building permits.  

Additional infrastructure objects will be introduced into the project to test the infrastructure model, in areas such as traffic management, lighting, water drainage and utility structures. 

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To increase the Estonian construction sector’s productivity by 2030, the platform aims to be the centre of information exchange between participants in the lifecycle of a building and the public sector. The platform does not store the information itself but consolidates the information from different databases and displays it as a 3D model.

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