Digital future in store for the construction sector2015-09-29
Yesterday, the Government Strategy Committee approved an initiative put forward by the Ministry of Environment and the Lithuanian Builders Association to digitalise the construction sector in Lithuania.
The so-called digital construction is one of the most promising ways for improving structural design and construction and operation of buildings, increasing the transparency of the whole construction sector and reducing the length of building processes as well as the costs of materials and real estate management.
This type of construction relies on modern information and communication technology and information modelling where a building information model is developed from the design to demolition of a structure. This technology is already applied in the United Kingdom, Denmark, Finland, etc. Their experience shows that using information modelling methods demands lower costs for a building to operate, results in faster and less expensive maintenance, ensures environmental requirements better, etc.
To implement digital construction, great changes are needed in the spheres of structural design, construction, regulation and management of use processes, public procurement and other related areas. Appropriate preparation for this involves an enormous amount of work. It requires developing building information modelling standards and a national construction code, drawing up or adopting data exchange standards, creating a unified communication space for construction participants and supervisory authorities based on clear rules, adapting information systems, registers, other infrastructure elements, amending numerous laws, etc.
Such challenges can only be overcome through joint effort of government institutions, businesses and the academic community. For example, United Kingdom launched the digitalisation of construction only after numerous studies and discussions, upon drawing up an appropriate action plan at national level where its implementation involved all institutions and organisations concerned.
Having taken this into consideration, the Government Strategy Committee approved a proposal to establish a working group of institutions and organisations concerned that would prepare recommendations for the way this construction sector digitalisation initiative should be implemented. In the course of preparing these recommendations, account should be taken of foreign experience, principles of successful work, the legal and institutional framework of the state, information system infrastructure, established relationships of construction process participants and other important aspects. The preparation should also foresee in advance ways for developing, supporting and improving the required infrastructure and the funding source for these operations. In addition, the possibilities of small and medium-sized companies to acquire more expensive software, conduct training of specialists, etc. should be taken into consideration as well.
Public Information Division