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BIM and Public Administration

In recent years, Building Information Modeling (BIM) has emerged as a digital technology set to revolutionize the construction industry, including public works projects, representing a pivotal shift in information management throughout all construction phases and the lifecycle of infrastructure. A meeting held at Palazzo Vidoni in Rome, under the guidance of the Minister for Public Administration, Paolo Zangrillo, and the head of the Public Function Department, Marcello Fiori, highlighted how BIM is a strategic lever in Italy as well, with the potential to increase value, innovation, and the qualification of professional skills in the construction sector.


The Spread of BIM as a Transnational Priority

The European Commission has long promoted the spread of BIM through transnational working groups, recognizing its positive impact in terms of cost savings, production efficiency, infrastructure quality, environmental performance, transparency, and safety on construction sites. Additionally, with the implementation of the New Public Contracts Code in Italy, BIM finds fertile ground to bring benefits already experienced in other European countries such as Estonia, Finland, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.

The workshop moderated by Francesca Medda, a professor at the University College of London, explored the opportunities offered by BIM, highlighting experiences and challenges reported by industry leaders. Managers from Aeroporti di Roma S.p.A., Minnucci Associati srl, and Agenzia del Demanio shared how BIM has contributed to the success of significant projects, from the Fiumicino Airport to the management of Italian public assets. The meeting was not only informative but also marked the start of a network among various professionals in the sector, with the goal of sharing experiences and knowledge in a structured way.

This event inaugurates a series of discussions on regulatory and legal aspects of BIM, as well as other innovative technologies that will impact public administrations, influencing the quality of services offered to citizens and businesses.


The Relationship Between BIM and Italian Public Administration: Deadlines and Guidelines

The evolution of the relationship between BIM and Public Administration in Italy is highlighted in Ministerial Decree 560/2017, known as the BIM Decree, recently amended by DM 312/2021. The new deadlines, introduced to encourage a conscious adoption of BIM in public administration, indicate the obligation to adopt this methodology for new public works and interventions on existing constructions with a value equal to or greater than 5,350,000 euros.

ANAC guidelines emphasize the importance of specific professional figures such as BIM Manager, BIM Specialist, BIM Coordinator, and CDE Manager during this transition. The obligation to adopt BIM applies not only to project contracts but also to services and supplies, underscoring the need for complete digitalization to ensure efficiency and quality in Public Administration activities.


Future Perspectives: Digitalization and European Funds

The process of digitalization, crucial for our country, will be catalyzed by European funds from the Recovery Plan, allowing significant investments in public works and infrastructure. It is now vital to assess where Italy stands in the relationship between BIM and Public Administration and to outline the next steps for complete digitalization of public contracts!

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