PRE Programme: Building Information Modelling brings new life to the construction sector

For years, Finland has been at the forefront of Building Information Modelling (BIM). The Built Environment Process Re-engineering (PRE) programme, which is part of the RYM Strategic Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation of the Built Environment in Finland, sought ever wider application ranges for modelling. It also discovered solutions to quality and productivity problems in the construction sector.

Launched in 2010 with a budget of EUR 21 million, the PRE Programme (Built Environment Process Re-engineering) was the first research programme of RYM Ltd. Nearly 40 companies and 6 research institutes worked together to find more user-oriented approaches and business models for the real estate, construction and infrastructure sectors.

One key tool used was Building Information Modelling (BIM), whose viability was examined extensively in, for example, industrialised construction, infra sector delivery chains as well as property lifecycle management and community planning.

PRE and its 6 work packages (Model Nova, NewWOW, BIMCON, DRUM, Infra FINBIM and BIMCity) produced a total of 112 international publications and 54 theses.

Many concrete benefits

According to Ilkka Romo, Vice President R&D at Skanska Oy and Chairman of the PRE Programme Steering Group, the results have already made their way onto the market and into further development. These will be seen to a larger extent within a 2-3 year period.

"Competition is constantly getting tougher and the PRE Programme has allowed us to cement our position as a leading country in BIM. Modelling provides an outstanding platform for increasing productivity, quality and work safety. We are also making use of the programme results here at Skanska," states Romo.

He refers to the DRUM (Distributed transactional BIM) work package as an example. It produced a concept for the timely linking, management and network distribution of data models. The DRUM work package was led by Tekla Oyj, with Aalto University serving as a research partner.

"Extracting data from a single, heavy model is laborious and time-consuming. With BIM tools, various parties involved in a construction project always have access to up-to-date information, thus reducing unnecessary work and mistakes," explains Heikki Haikonen, Director of Tekla Building & Construction.

"The long-term research and development of BIM has given Finland a world-class innovation and business ecosystem. This cooperation between leading international companies and research organisations comprehensively reforms the economically key construction and real estate cluster and the productivity of its processes. Finnish companies seek strong global growth in growing markets," sums up Programme Manager Virpi Mikkonen of Tekes.

Further information

Ilkka Romo
Tel. +358 (0)50 5201 596
ilkka.romo (at)


Sanna Nuutila