UK lead in making BIM compulsory

18 September 2016 | By GCR staff

The use of BIM is likely to become compulsory on all construction projects commissioned by the Russian government from 2019.

An announcement made by Mikhail Menn, head of the construction, housing and utilities ministry, during the ProEstate Forum for international property companies in Moscow, was reported in a Russian construction magazine last week.

Menn was reported as saying that the Russian government had been influenced by the “interesting” British experience in the field of BIM technologies implementation.

He claimed that the UK government’s use of BIM was directly responsible for a 30% reduction in construction cost: “Their experience showed that we, in Russia, are heading in a 100% right direction.”

Governments around the world have urged the use of BIM to get more value for money from their capital investment projects. The UK is in the forefront of these efforts by making the use of Level 2 BIM – which requires collaborative working using common design formats – compulsory as of April this year.

A guide to what progress countries around the world are making in digitising their construction industries is available here (

This article first appeared ion BIM+’s sister publication Global Construction Review.