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Today, 2 December 2021, marks the launch of the Global BIM Network’s (the Network’s) strategic Roadmap outlining a vision and collaborative pathway for public sector leadership across the globe. 

The Global BIM Network Roadmap 2021-2025: Advancing the Digitalization of the Built Environment will promote public sector leadership efforts to collaborate with industry on the critical opportunity of digitalisation in response to the pandemic, climate change, and to drive inclusive growth through capacity building and knowledge transfer.  

The Roadmap has been co-created by representatives from international public sector and multi-lateral organisations and public infrastructure funders connected and collaborating through the Network. It aims to advance the digital transformation of the global built environment for the public good and is being launched at the inaugural General Assembly. This is the first time the Network has officially convened, and the event includes a number of panel sessions bringing together policy makers, public procurers, infrastructure investors and industry leadership from across the world to share their in-country digitalisation strategies, best practice, knowledge and experience.

Adam Matthews, Chair of the Global BIM Network Steering Committee and Head of International at the Centre for Digital Built Britain, which is convening the General Assembly, said: “The Roadmap sets the framework for a global collaboration across all regions to advance the public sector's ability to support the sector's digitalisation - at scale.  Accelerating the digitalisation of the built environment through the use of BIM across the construction and infrastructure sector globally enables us to deliver more sustainable, efficient and cost-effective infrastructure to communities around the world.  The Roadmap marks the next step of the growing Network’s journey as more countries and regions recognise the benefits of working together to progress their digitalisation and built environment information management strategies – and share the benefits.”

Valentina Sarmiento, President of the BIM Network of Latin American Governments, who took part in the General Assembly, said: “As a regional network, we have direct experience of the benefits of sharing experiences and globalizing our knowledge. Being part of the Global BIM Network is essential for us because it opens the road to facilitate further international cooperation. We hope that the establishment of this global collaboration helps all the countries to accelerate their own programmes by creating an international hub where we can learn from each other’s experience. I would encourage other countries looking to increase the productivity of their construction industry through digital transformation to join the Global BIM Network.”

The Network was launched in March 2021 to connect the public sector, infrastructure investors and industry to increase learning and accelerate digital change across the global construction sector. This international congress of public sector representatives includes government policy makers, infrastructure ministries, public procurers and multi-lateral organizations, including the Inter-American Development Bank, Asian Development Bank, and the United Nations OPS.

The Network is supported and co-funded by HM Government’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO), Department for International Trade (DIT), Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) and the Construction Innovation Hub (CIH) and delivered by the Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB).

Organizations and individuals who would like to join the Network can express their interest on the Global BIM Platform at



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BIM – Building Information Modelling (BIM) is the “use of a shared digital representation of a built asset to facilitate design, construction and operation processes to form a reliable basis for decisions” (BS EN ISO 19650-1:2018).   

BIM facilitates early supply chain and operational team involvement. Furthermore, it unlocks more efficient and transparent ways of planning, designing, creating and maintaining built assets, whether buildings or infrastructure, over their whole lifecycle.  


About CDBB    

CDBB (Centre for Digital Built Britain) is a partnership between the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy and the University of Cambridge. It is also a partner in the Construction Innovation Hub. CDBB seeks to understand how the construction and infrastructure sectors could use a digital approach to better design, build, operate, integrate the built environment. A digital built Britain will:   

  • understand what information is needed to enable better through life economic, social and environmental value from our built environment;    
  • champion human-centric design of infrastructure and the services they deliver;    
  • exploit new and emerging digital construction and manufacturing skills and technology to reduce costs and increase productivity;    
  • grow new career, business and export opportunities for the UK.    

For more information, visit   


About the Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO)   

The FCDO pursues our national interests and projects the UK as a force for good in the world. We promote the interests of British citizens, safeguard the UK’s security, defend our values, reduce poverty and tackle global challenges with our international partners. For more information, visit  


About the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS)

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS) brings together responsibilities for business, industrial strategy, science, innovation, energy, and climate change. For more information, visit 


About the Construction Innovation Hub    

The decisions we make today will shape our future. The Construction Innovation Hub’s vision is a world where our built environment improves quality of life, delivers greater social value, reduces environmental impact and is delivered by a world-leading, innovative and sustainable industry.  

The Hub is developing solutions that will help drive the transformation of the sector. We’re pioneering ways in which buildings and infrastructure are procured, designed, delivered and operated to deliver market-ready products and processes that will shape our future built environment, ensuring safety, quality and value.   

In close collaboration with government, academia, industry and partners across the Transforming Construction Challenge, we are guiding a collaborative programme, using world-leading processes and technologies, to create a market with the capability and capacity needed to deliver the UK’s construction and infrastructure needs.  

 This collective innovation will drive adoption of manufacturing-led approaches to construction, digital tools and secure, connected data that support sector growth and open export opportunities, accelerating recovery and the transformation to a future-ready sector. For more information, visit