Building Information Modelling (BIM) can be defined as a process involving the generation and management of digital representations of physical and functional characteristics of places. BIM softwares are used to plan, design, construct, operate andmaintain many kinds of buildings and infrastructures.

In Europe BIM is becoming more and more studied in VET schools, VET coursesand university courses and applied in companies. It is becoming a new specialization with a high rate of employability.In Italy this methodology is not yet sufficiently known and spread, while in other EU countries, especially in northern Europe, BIM is already verywell know and used: Finland is one of the earliest adopters of BIM, and it has been for years at the forefront of Building InformationModelling; in other northern european countries like Norway BIM research and development goes back to more than twenty yearsago, and nowadays it’s one of the leading Countries using BIM with one of the European highest implementation of BIM amongarchitects and installators.

This project has had the aim of building a bridge between Northern Europe and Southern Europe: Italy had the opportunity to learn from the European best experiences paving the way to other Southern Europe Countries, while Finland and Norway had the opportunity to enlarge their international BIM-related network of institution and companies and update their knowledge from mutual exchange of best practices and innovation of training tools. Excellence in the area of BIM ispossible at the moment only through transnational cooperation, standing the big difference of knowlege, awareness,entrepreneurial attitudes and implementation rates among EU Countries.

The project  GENERAL AIM  therefore was to deepen knowledge about Building Information Modelling (BIM) as a skills’development training subject for employability goals, upgrading existing training tools and professional qualifications and creating a network to promote work-based learning. BIM project was a capacity building project in the area of VET promoting cooperation and partnership  among  6 different organizations (VET provider, Regional Authority, 2 universities, private company, EUassociation). Countries involved were Italy, Finland and Norway, while one partner was active all over Europe. The motivation of BIMpartners to participate in the project was strongly connected to the obseversation of local needs and the aknowledgementabout the necessity to try to cover the gap between skills’s qualifications levels and the requirements from job market.



Two intensive training courses addressed to project partners to exchange best practices about training in BIM and BIM implementation. One local training for each Country addressed to local trainers/teachers/instructors/students in the area of building and construction and aimed to update their knowledge about training methodologies for training BIM, including the new BIM game.



Increasing diffusion of BIM training in countries involved (new course on BIM at Stavanger University, new qualification in Emilia-Romagna Region and new training program for thertiary non universitary education, update training program in Finland). New memorandum of Understanding between Stavanger University and Ferrara University.

The impact will rely on application and diffusion of the deliverables produced by the project. The dissemination drivers were the consortium partners themselves and companies and educational institution involved in the BIM network through dissemination activities.

Project Information


BIM4PLACEMENT European key competences in building and construction vibe, bg bg


Centoform Srl

Oulun Yliopisto

Viasys Vdc Oy

Regione Emilia Romagna

Universitetet I Stavanger

United Kingdom

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