NRW is committed TO BIM

The construction industry will only really profit from digitization if the interfaces of software products are vendor-neutral and open, underlined Ina Scharrenbach, Construction Minister of North Rhine Westphalia in her speech at the Welcome Dinner of the buildingSMART International Standards Summit on Monday, 25 March 2019 in Dusseldorf.
In her speech at the Welcome Dinner of the buildingSMART International Standards Summit in Düsseldorf's Rheinterrasse, Ina Scharrenbach, Minister of the State of North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) for Community, Local Government, Building and Equal Opportunities, explained that there must be no monopoly position for building software products in Germany. The loss-free transfer of data from one provider's program to that of another is only possible with a vendor-neutral standardization of interfaces and thus a continuous, digital process from demand planning to building operation. Only if this is guaranteed, however, could all those involved in the life of a building reap the rewards of digitization, according to Scharrenbach.

NRW supports buildingSMART 
For the Minister, it is therefore also clear that the state government of North Rhine-Westphalia will do everything it can to support the work of buildingSMART and ensure that OpenBIM prevails in the construction industry.

NRW entirely focusses on BIM as from 2020
Scharrenbach also pointed out that CDU and FDP as government parties in NRW had committed themselves in their coalition agreement to making the state on the Rhine a pioneer in building information modeling in Germany. Starting next year, the minister wants to demand BIM for all building and road construction projects in the state. NRW is building every year for a good two billion euros.In her speech, however, the Minister also complained that she was legally forced to award planning and execution separately for public construction contracts. The fee structure for architects and engineers as well as the influence of the European Union on public procurement procedures would also slow down the development of BIM.