The Master Thesis deals with the adoption of building information modeling or BIM into the Slovenian public procurement system. We have carried out a detailed analysis of the possibility of introducing BIM within the current legislation on public procurement. It is described how public clients can approach the implementation through tenders for public works contracts and how tenderers for design or construction can adapt. We have highlighted the potential impact of the implementation on the quality of the final products and the construction process itself.
Due to the global financial crisis the development of Slovenian construction sector has fallen behind the leading European and world countries. One of the construction industry areas where this is most obvious is building information modeling. Due to the complexity and uniqueness of construction projects, many foreign countries have decided to introduce BIM into the public procurement system through their legislation, which is now encouraged with the European directive. For this reason, it makes sense to find out why the implementation in Slovenia has not yet occurred, how it could be done and what would the benefits for the State, public clients and tenderers (design and construction companies) be. For this a brief summary of the main features of BIM, Slovenian procurement system and different contractual relations has been made in the first part of the Master Thesis.
The second part includes a detailed analysis of different means of introducing BIM in public construction contracts via requirements, tender conditions and criteria for the selection of the most economically advantageous tender and presents change requirements in the national strategy and the development of guidance and normative documents. Particular emphasis is placed on the implementation period and the necessary changes in contractual relations. Comparing Slovenia with foreign countries has allowed us to determine the main advantages of BIM implementation for public clients: the efficient use of public funds, increased quality of construction projects and improved communication and coordination.
The third part provides the perspective of tenderers and an analysis of the effects that the BIM implementation would have on them. Requirements for the proper BIM implementation into the firms' workflows and mutual cooperation on projects have also been discovered and presented. The main advantages of the implementation such as better and faster execution of projects and increased business competitiveness have been velidated by comparison with abroad. Analysis of both aspects (the State and the tenderers) have provided the basis for the conclusion that adoption of BIM is necessary to improve the quality of public procurement and should be encouraged by the government, as the current situation does not provide sufficient incentives for companies to develop in the direction of BIM.