One of the big challenges associated with BIM (building-information modeling) is the fact many of the technology systems don’t ‘speak’ to each other. In fact, in the 2013 Constructech IT Playbook roughly 37% of respondents say a lack of industry consistency with regards to BIM is holding back widespread adoption. However, could this all be starting to change, as BIM standards begin to take hold in construction?

Last week, 4Projects, a Viewpoint Construction Software Co.,, Portland, Ore., and Solibri UK,, Helsinki, Finland, announced a new partnership to drive open BIM.

Independently, each company works with open BIM standards in an effort to demonstrate that BIM workflows are being driven using models from a variety of BIM authoring software. Together, the companies will provide an example of how open BIM standards can enable better BIM workflows.

With the 4Projects collaboration solution, project teams can configure a common data environment that acts as the BIM workflow engine. This enables the entire team to ensure the right BIM data is available to the right people at the right time. Through the partnership with Solibri UK, the companies will be able to provide project teams with a solution for model validation and collaboration.

By working together, technology providers can bring to market a solution that enables construction companies to easily share BIM data throughout the building process—and even through the project’s lifecycle.

Looking beyond technology providers that are partnering to enable a better workflow, some organizations are additionally looking to create new standards and classification systems to help contractors implement better BIM processes.

As an example, late last year, Cuneco,, Copenhagen, Denmark, announced it is testing a new BIM classification it developed that could be used throughout the European Union, and possibly the world. With this news, the organization plans to develop standards for construction, especially with regards digital cooperation. Just this month, the firm has announced it has moved from development to deployment, as the classification will soon be ready for use in the first version.

Organizations all over the globe are seeking out new ways to help the construction industry adopt BIM more readily. As these partnerships and standards continue to flourish, contractors have an opportunity to put a more efficient BIM process in place.