1. Preamble

1.1 Purpose of the guide

The Luxembourg BIM application guide was created to give a common reference framework to all actors of the construction sector. It is indeed essential that everyone speaks the same language and is on the same footing as regards the understanding of what BIM is and what it induces as changes in projects.

It is divided into four major parts:

  • The first part “Introduction” presents the purpose of this guide and the context of its conception.
  • The second part “BIM: What you need to know” gives the important theoretical foundations to know for a good understanding of BIM.
  • The third part gives the keys to “Setting up a BIM project” by describing the steps to follow and by means of standard document models (appendices).
  • The fourth part serves as a “Conclusion” to this work and evokes the perspectives.

This document therefore proposes a complete approach that describes the important concepts to remember in the first instance (see chapter 2) and the steps to follow to successfully complete a BIM project (see chapter 3). It is completed by appendices which are either sources of additional information or “ready to use” document templates.

It is important to note that this body of literature has no normative value and remains a work which aims to “guide without constraining”. It remains totally neutral with regard to the software solutions available on the market.

1.2 Context of development and updating

The “Luxembourg BIM Application Guide” and its annexes are the result of a project that brought together various representatives of the construction sector through a working group led by the CRTI-B. It draws its content from the references and standards in the field as well as from the experience of the various members of this working group.

It is based on a document developed by the OAI, which has allowed its members to prepare for the BIM challenge. In this context, the OAI was able to define the collaborative framework within the project management and the interactions with the client in a BIM project. As BIM is a vast subject affecting all the actors of the sector, the OAI has transferred its studies to the CRTI-B so that the cross-sector working group can complete it in a concerted way between all the actors of the sector in Luxembourg.

To remain in this same philosophy of representing the greatest number, this work is destined to evolve with time, according to the advances in the field but especially the feedback from the sector.

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