‘The country still has to get do its preparation in terms of standardisation, legal aspects, contracts and so on,’ says Vyacheslav. ‘But broadly speaking, BIM is high on the agenda for some of our Russian regions and federal bodies.’
Within the chapter
The chapter has identified seven priority activities. Among them, the chapter plans to establish working groups mirroring the bSI rooms; to develop and launch educational and certification programmes; to design and implement a national standardisation programme; and to stimulate and develop object libraries in the country.
One area of particular interest to the Russian chapter is bSI work on IFC for rail. ‘The Russian Federation owns one of the world’s largest rail networks and IFC Rail will be of key importance to the Russian chapter,’ affirms Vyacheslav. ‘We’re studying the European experience of the digitalisation of railway construction, and the efforts of China Rail to develop a BIM standard, as well as the UK experience gained in the Crossrail project.’
Marina echoes the importance of a standard for rail in the country. ‘Development of a Russian BIM standard for rail is currently under way,’ she explains. ‘It’s based on IFC. We hope that a major educational institution, the Russian State University of Railway Engineering, and the state company, Russian Railways will join buildingSMART Russia shortly. That will link Russian railway experts and their colleagues with the international buildingSMART community.’
The London Summit in October/November 2017 was the first buildingSMART summit to be attended by the Russian chapter. ‘We’d like to thank our hosts in London for a very warm welcome at the summit,’ says Vyacheslav. ‘It was an extremely helpful visit: networking, meeting new people, learning about their projects with an openBIM approach, current buildingSMART projects and priorities will help us significantly at the start of our journey as a buildingSMART chapter.’
BuildingSMART International is known and respected, and as Russia embarks on its digital transformation, being connected to a key organisation like bSI will facilitate progress. ‘Knowledge of digital methods and workflows requires a robust methodology which bSI can bring via its Russian chapter,’ adds Marina. ‘We can educate the market and deliver consistent messages across various sectors of the Russian construction industry.’
And when, as is expected, a mandate to use BIM widely in public-sector projects is given, the Russian industry will need to specify requirements using open standards. ‘That’s where we can contribute to the public benefits,’ she says.
And finally, the Russian chapter has much to bring to buildingSMART International. ‘We have valuable experience and professional knowledge which we’re ready to share with the community,’ proposes Vyacheslav. ‘For example, in the nuclear sector, member company Atomstroyexport has been working on development of technology for the life-cycle management of capital assets for many years. Its experience derives from constructing three generations of nuclear power stations all around the world. We’re ready to share our BIM experience gained from mega-projects,’ he concludes.