The Network

Research Institutes

3D Geoinformation - Delft University of Technology. Delft (The Netherlands)

Expert in 3D city models and related standards (CityGML, CityJSON…); GeoBIM and spatial data integration; Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) standard; BIM (in particular: geometry representation and validation).

Working for the integration of 3D (geo)information systems for use cases, through open standards and open (and F.A.I.R.) technologies.

Fraunhofer Italia Research (Italy)

Experts in BIM implementation in public administration; BIM requirements analysis to accomplish the building permit procedure; Statistical content/information/data analysis of building permit documentation; BIM asset development for public administration.

Working for the integration of BIM models and geographic information system to facilitate the building permit evaluation process and to promote the digital transformation in small Municipalities.

Università di Brescia (Italy)

Expert in BIM implementation in public administration for exchange information requirements, model and code checking; BIM-enabled design management; building energy modelling and IoT-based asset management, procedural aspects of virtual reality implementation in collaborative design reviews; IoT-enabled construction management.

Working for the integration of BIM and IoT systems for use cases for public administrations and SME construction companies to promote digital innovation in process engineering.

University of Ljubljana (Slovenia)

The team from the Chair of geoinformatics has competences in GIS data and processes modelling (using standards such as UML), 3D geospatial data modelling by integrating various data sources, real property information systems and geospatial data support for decision making.

Working for 3D-geospatial data and processes modelling, including the integration of BIM models and geographic information system, to facilitate the whole process from building permit issuing to cadastral registration.

Lund University (Sweden)

HafenCity Universität Hamburg (D)

University College London (UK)

GeoBIM research focusses on full lifecycle modelling – including: reality capture and sensor enabling for new and existing buildings and infrastructure; the use of geospatial data for planning and construction site safety and management; data management standards and protocols for handover from construction to operational building phases; the use of geoBIM for facilities and asset management. The role of geospatial (location-enabled data from BIM, GIS or other sources) as an underpinning integrator is seen as key in order to enable interoperability of sensor data, demographics, traffic information, pedestrian movement data and so forth, all required to facilitate smart city operation and decision making.

Institute of Construction Management and Digital Engineering (ICoM) (D)

The Institute of Construction Management and Digital Engineering (ICoM) resides in the Faculty of Civil Engineering and Geodesy at Leibniz Universität Hannover, Germany. There are four main research and working group topics at the ICoM: Methodologies and digital solutions in the AEC sector (e.g. process optimization, VR/AR applications, intelligent modelling and model automatization), management of major projects (e.g. reduction of multidimensional complexity with digital solutions, resilient infrastructure systems), digital construction (e.g. integrative fabrication, qualification approaches, generative fabrication). Coordinating the “Masterplan BIM for research” (funded by Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community, Germany) and is involved in various activities with other federal ministries.

ICoM has various research projects running and is executing digital respectively BIM-based approaches in all life cycle phases of buildings and all modes of ground infrastructure. Funded by the Niedersachsen Ministry of Economic Affairs, Employment, Transport and Digitalisation, ICoM develops a model-based digital building permit for the state (project runtime: 1.1.2020-31.12.2020.) It is part of the buildingSMART network and heads the BIM-Cluster in the state of Lower Saxony (Niedersachsen).

Belgian Building Research Institute (Belgium)

The Digital Construction division from the BBRI has competences in BIM technologies, including modelling, classification and standards, IFC, plugins developments and AR/VR. Working on all subjects concerning BIM through various Belgian and European research projects, the BBRI main goal is to perform scientific and technical research for the benefit of its members, supply technical information, assistance and advice, and contribute to the general innovation and development in the construction sector. The BBRI is also involved in Building Smart and the European Committee for Standardization.

Istanbul Technical University (Turkey)

The researchers have experience on the topics of geographic information systems (GIS) based modeling, spatial decision support systems, and land administration.

The research being carried out in Geomatics Engineering Department focuses on creating a reformative framework including the use of digital building models (formatted in IFC, CityGML, CityJSON, etc.) for both building permit processes and 3D registration of property ownership as well as updating 3D digital twin city databases in Turkey.

Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU)

NTNU is a university with main profile in science and technology. It has an international focus, with headquarters in Trondheim and campuses in Ålesund and Gjøvik.

Use of BIM and digitalisataion is an expanding domain at Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering. We offer BIM related course at bachelor-, master- and PhD level. We offer a 2 year mater program in Digital construction processes.

People: Eilif Hjelseth

Governmental Institutions

Municipality of Rotterdam - Team Digital City & Department of building and housing supervision. Rotterdam (The Netherlands)

All types of specialists and experts who perform the entire range of tests for Building Permits, including outside inspectors and inspectors. And Digital city experts.

Working for shortening the time spent on the licensing process, which is a good development for both the municipality and the developers. The experts can focus more on the more important issues by making certain checks automatically.

Institut Cartogràfic i Geològic de Catalunya (ICGC) (Catalunya)

The Institut Cartogràfic i Geològic de Catalunya (ICGC) has competences on Geodesy, Cartography and Spatial Data Infrastructure of Catalonia, and also on the actions related to the awareness, survey and provide information about the soil and subsoil. Related to GeoBIM, the main interest is to warranty the interoperability between BIM data produced by the Catalan Government and GIS data produced and updated by ICGC, and to ensure that workflows where both data are required, as Building Permit Procedure, can be successfully implemented and executed.

Estonian Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications (Estonia)

The objective of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications is to provide a suitable legislative, economic and safe environment that fosters the development of the Estonian construction and housing sector ensured by efficient legislative drafting, standardisation and support programmes. The ministry is developing the e-construction platform to connect data and services related to the built environment. This includes a fully digital building permit process for the whole of Estonia. A BIM-based building permit process will be launched in 2021.

Swiss Federal Office of Topography (swisstopo)

Private companies and agencies


Cogital is a Digital Agency for the AEC, supporting customers in their Digital Transformation. Customers include JLL, Rhomberg Construction, Qatar Public Works Authority - amongst others. We help our customers re-invent a skater built environment though digital technology.

Synecon oy

-Process co-creation with cities and tech companies -Development of training modules.

BIM Academy

BIM Academy boosts BIM methodology, Lean Construction and IPD processes across all stakeholders participating in all life cycle phases of construction. The connection of an automated CityXML to IFC and vice versa will open a series of possible services to add the 3D model effort made in each project to be implemented in the managing of the cities and territories.

Supporting organizations


EU BIM Task Group

buildingSMART Regulatory Room