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BIM in Russia

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BIM in Russia

Fred Mills

26 October 2016

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Video hosted by Tom Payne.

RUSSIA are setting their sights on becoming the world’s leading authority for building information modelling (BIM) and plan to export their expertise around the globe. But how are they actually getting on?


As with many of the world’s construction markets, BIM adoption in Russia has been something of a mixed-bag. Larger companies have made progress and committed to investments in training, culture change and technology, learning from trial schemes.

"As with many of the world’s construction markets, BIM adoption in Russia has been something of a mixed-bag"

They’ve also benefited from some imported BIM expertise that inherently comes with large projects and internationally spread project teams.

Further down the supply chain, smaller design studios, contractors and suppliers have had very little experience of working in a BIM environment. Across the industry there is some confusion on its exact definition and even some skepticism.

Above: Many organisations further down Russia's supply chain have had little or no exposure to BIM.

By adopting BIM behind some of the current leading nations, like the UK, Russia have had the advantage of learning from the development work already undertaken, and may now be able to implement BIM at a faster rate.


In mid-2015, the then Russian Ministry of Construction, Housing and Communal Services (now Ministry of Construction, Housing and Utilities) acknowledged the British Government’s work on BIM and identified 25 Russian pilot projects. These included Krasnoyarsk Regional Clinical Hospital in the East of the country, a Centre for Palliative Care in Kolpino near St Petersburg and an Emergency Care Unit for the Alexander City Hospital in St Petersburg itself.

Above and Below: Krasnoyarsk Regional Clinical Hospital is one of 25 BIM pilot projects in Russia (images courtesy of Werfau).

The learning from these schemes and others has been fed into overhauling the necessary parts of Russian construction legislation to enable BIM use; a process set to complete in 2017. 

"Russia have mandated information modelling on all Government projects by 2019"

More recently the Ministry has followed the UK Government’s approach and mandated information modelling on all Government projects by 2019. There has also been significant progress in developing an open BIM standard for the country.


Whilst the Russian Government are drawn to BIM by its efficiencies and potential cost savings, they also see the value in Russian companies being able to export their BIM expertise to other nations, helping to grow the economy.

Some of Russia’s larger and more advanced organisations are already doing this, aided by the ever increasing pace of globalisation, that’s brought the world’s construction industry much closer together.

Much of the terminology in Russia’s vision – becoming “the leading authority”, “exporting BIM expertise” – matches the positioning statements in the UK Government’s Digital Built Britain strategy, published in February 2015.

A recent study by Research and Markets predicted that the global BIM sector will be valued at almost $12BN USD by 2022. That, combined with the clear progress now being made by other nations, makes Russia’s move to formally endorse BIM perhaps feel like a logical step. But as the world’s largest geographic country and with their ambitions to lead on BIM clear, their increased focus could have a significant impact worldwide.

Above: The Otkrytiye Arena / Spartak Stadium in Moscow was developed in a BIM environment (image courtesy of AECOM Russia). 

This video was kindly powered by Viewpoint.


Images courtesy of AECOM, Dmitry97ken, Google Maps, IND Architects, Pavel Kazachkov, Stroyinzhener Project, UNK Project and Werfau.

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