PRE Results Report

Future innovation-based delivery chain of the infra sector


The goal of Infra FINBIM research was to develop and realize a new information modelling and automation based process and model, in which the intelligent and information contents of different models needed can be created, used and utilized throughout the infra construction, maintenance, rehabilitation and maintenance process and work phases. The process reaches and extends the whole life cycle of the main infra products, i.e. highways, railways, fairways and bridges. The aim was to create and establish a systemic change into infra sector in Finland, which is needed to enable and support the comprehensive development and utilization of information modelling and automation potentials and possibilities. Also, the aim was to develop international competiveness into Finnish infra companies, other infra participants and research organizations.


The key results in InfraFINBIM work package are:

  • Infra BIM common modelling guides 2014 for infra projects
  • Inframodel Open information exchange format
  • Infra structures – numbering and naming

BuildingsSmart Finland will publish General Inframodel requirements 2014. Large infra sector owners have stated requirements to start to use BIM in infra projects from 2014. Requirements create a shared vision how to model infraprojects in different phases. Finnish Transport Agency requires the use of Inramodel3 format in all new road building projects now. Also big finnish towns are going to start to use the format from 2014. A Wide implementation activity between clients and industrial partners has been launched.

As a result of BIM in infra projects the use of 3-D machine control systems in real sites has increased a lot in Finland during the PRE program. It is possible to improve the quality of design by the aid of BIM method. Also it’s possible to improve productivity, cut time and save costs by BIM based 3-D machine control in construction. However BIM process still needs to be improved and tested. High quality BIM models need more collaboration with designers and clients. Site employees needs to be educated to use new tools and to commit to BIM.