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Centre for Digital Built Britain

 

The Centre for Digital Built Britain’s International work stream has championed the foundation of successful collaborations between international governments and regional public sector communities resulting in the forthcoming launch of a Global BIM Network for the public sector. Ahead of the CDBB-convened inaugural Global BIM Summit on 17 March 2021, which officially launches the Global BIM Network, a number of representatives from partner countries share the in-country experience of collaborating to implement a national programme of digital change. Cecilia Benjardino from the Ministry of Public Works presents the Argentinian BIM strategy. 

Argentina’s Ministry of Public Works oversees the Nation’s Strategic Plan for Digital Transformation. The plan promotes the BIM Argentina Strategy that brings together the public sector with the private sector in shared objectives to progress digital transformation of the construction industry. Achieving digital transformation will support Argentina to increase value for public money spent and improve the quality of the built environment to encourage greater prosperity for the country. 
The actions and initiatives of Digital Government, seen throughout the implementation of new methodologies, technologies and tools, seek to contribute to transparency, efficiency, and public participation in the processes of contracting and executing public works.  

In this context, the main objectives of the BIM Argentina Strategy are: to Integrate BIM into the digital transformation processes of national, provincial, and municipal public organisations; to guarantee equal access to technology in order to promote competitiveness; to enable public and private sectors to generate collaborative work and quality employment; to develop the National BIM Platform and Library; and to stimulate the development and application of new technologies related to BIM, especially supporting those which are free to use and open source.  

For the Ministry of Public Works, Digital Transformation is key to enhancing institutional legitimacy because it generates mechanisms that provide greater openness with citizens through dialogue and participation. In addition, Digital Transformation promotes the application of performance indicators to measure and improve the public policies implemented and secures greater value for the public purse.  

National and international collaboration  

Since 2017, the Ministry of Public Works has promoted and coordinated the BIM for Public Management Working Group – or Mesa BIM para la Gestión Pública known as Mesa BGP a space for federal collaboration with representatives of national, provincial and municipal organisations; public universities; and related public organisations.  

Mesa BGP aims to make BIM technology known and institutionalised in the field of state management such that we are enabled to specify more and better infrastructure works. Considering sustainable principles, Mesa BGP promotes the use of BIM to support a more open construction industry, driven by technology to foster equal opportunities and regional integration.  

In the last three years, the methodological transfer has made important progress with the implementation of tutorials of pilot cases and the development of public documents. These resources are designed to present information through the use of a common language, ensuring the standardisation of products and the traceability of information.  

Collaborating internationally, Argentina has been a member of the Latin American Government BIM Network since 2018, along with seven other countries in the region. This collaboration allows us to explore potential common goals among nations and identify regional actions that could be aligned to accelerate the adoption of BIM.  

Benefits of a global collaboration  

The Global BIM Network will be a space where participating countries can exchange experiences, documents and tools. This is an important milestone in the development of BIM and brings opportunity to strengthen links between countries and promote collective actions. This will help to accelerate the transformation of the construction industry, increase capacity, and create an environment and culture that favours community progress. Sharing diverse knowledge that each country can provide will generate benefits for everyone involved.  

The online Global BIM Summit on 17 March 2021 will connect investors, the public sector and industry to mark the launch of a global public sector policy and procurement network which will accelerate digital change across global construction. The Global BIM Summit, which is expected to attract attendees from more than 40 countries worldwide, will officially launch the Global BIM Network. The Global BIM Summit will take place online at 11.00 (GMT) and 15.00 (GMT) to account for time differences globally.  

See full details and event programme at www.globalbimsummit.org  

• A Global BIM Summit pre-event series of webinars featuring public sector representatives leading national BIM initiatives from across the world will take place throughout early March. Register interest at https://www.globalbimsummit.org/#register-your-interest  

• The Global BIM Network is supported by the Construction Innovation Hub (CIH) and the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO)