Sweden remains unashamedly progressive. As well as being recognised internationally for its forward-thinking approach to social welfare, health and education, it has also achieved global acclaim for its adoption of Building Information Modelling (BIM). As in the Netherlands and Denmark, Sweden already boasts a mandatory requirement for BIM on all publically-funded projects. Furthermore, it seems everyone is making a song and a dance about the country’s increasing utilisation of a live field-to-BIM link.

By allowing 3D models to be updated with as-built data in real time, field-to-BIM links ensure coordination is dramatically improved and, typically, thousands of unique clashes that would otherwise remain undetected are revealed well before any remedial works are needed. As well as saving everyone time and money, a field-to-BIM link can prove particularly invaluable to MEP contractors for whom the use of innovations such as 3D scanners and point-cloud analysis software combine revolutionary results with rapid ROI.   

Across the rest of the EU, governments are taking their own proactive steps to standardise and promote BIM. For example, earlier this year, France invested €20m in its new digital transition plan while German ministers set up an industry-led ‘Digital Building Platform’. In the UK, Level 2 BIM becomes a legislative requirement on all centrally-procured projects next year and, throughout Europe, processes and levels are becoming increasingly sophisticated. For companies working at level 4 and beyond, a field-to-BIM link becomes essential. With both hand-held and tripod-mounted scanners available, the technology is adaptable as well as accurate.

It might have been the decidedly British Elvis Costello who coined the phrase: “Writing about music is like dancing about architecture” but the advent of BIM has certainly given Swedes in the AEC industry plenty to celebrate. Through the use of 3D scanners, and the field-to-BIM link they can facilitate, it shouldn’t be long before the rest of the world joins them on the podium. 

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