The emerging markets in CE, SE and Eastern Europe include Romania, Poland, Hungary, Turkey, Serbia.

The emerging markets in CE, SE and Eastern Europe include Romania, Poland, Hungary, Turkey, Serbia.
The emerging markets in CE, SE and Eastern Europe include Romania, Poland, Hungary, Turkey, Serbia, Lithuania.

Friday, 8 June 2018

Building Information Modelling (BIM) in Romania - potential for market entry of new suppliers of BIM

According to a recent FRD Center analysis of the usage of Building Information Modelling (BIM) in Romania, the interest of the local players in the Romanian Architectural and Construction Sector for using BIM is growing. For more details contact the FRD Center at email: europa@frdcenter.ro or tel: +4021 411 1459/60/61

"From the FRD Center analysis, it resulted that the BIM implementation in Romania is relatively limited at present which generates interesting opportunities for market entry of new BIM solutions. From this analysis it resulted that, the BIM framework for integrating technologies, processes and policies has a substantial potential for growth in the next years in Romania." said Jackie Bojor, Director of FRD Center.

According to players in the sector interviewed by FRD Center analysis, BIM is expected to become an indispensable capability industry-wide and the key to driving digital transformation in Romania.

The usage of BIM solutions in Romania will increase due to its certain advantages (of coordination, time etc) and to request of the BIM implementation in the project theme, especially in the complex works and the Public sector tenders.

"Architects in Romania admit the fact that the need to use BIM in the public and private projects is acute in Romania due to the issues faced by the construction sector at the design, tender and work execution stages. The capacity of the Romanian market to deliver quality, on-time and on-budget projects is expected to be significantly improved in the next years by the standardisation and digitisation of the investment processes, respectively by the BIM implementation." said Jackie Bojor.

According to the FRD Center interviews with key players, the most used BIM solutions in Romania are the Autodesk Revit software and the Graphisoft software. It is expected that BIM developers from overseas will approach the Romanian market and start presenting their offers.

According to a study published by Colliers International, the Bucharest office market saw in 2017 the delivery of 123,000 sqm of new modern office spaces, taking the total stock to approximately 2.3 million sqm. It is expected to see in 2018 around 185,000 sqm in new class A office spaces in Bucharest and almost 150,000 sqm in new modern office spaces in the major regional cities altogether (Cluj Napoca, Timisoara, Iasi and Brasov).

The Regional Operational Programme 2014 - 2020 finances projects for the BIM implementation in Romania. The Programme is managed at the national level by the Management Authority within the Ministry of Regional Development and Public Administration.

One example of project financed through the Regional Operational Programme 2014 – 2020 is “Implementation of Building Information Modelling in the activity of Fragmentum SRL” in Cluj Napoca with the total value of around 180,000 EUR, out of non-refundable financing of approximately 122,000 EUR. The project will be completed in November 2018.

Some examples of companies in Romania that use BIM in their projects are:

- Skanska - a project developer and contractor, offering services within construction and commercial property development

- Novart Engineering - a project management and consultancy company for the construction industry

- Aecom Ingenieria - a company offering services of design, technical assistance, construction supervision, planning, project management and construction management

Various conferences, roundtables and presentation seminars focused on the BIM opportunities have been recently organised in Romania. Some examples are:

- The Romanian Society of Construction Law has organised in June 2017 in partnership with the Technical University of Civil Engineering in Bucharest the Building Information Modelling Seminar: Realities and Perspectives. Furthermore, they have organised in October 2017 the 3rd edition of the New Perspectives in Construction Law Conference, with the focus on Implementing of BIM in construction projects.

- Novart Engineering has organised in December 2017 in Bucharest the course “BIM Management – Implementation in the companies and projects in Romania”. A few years ago, Novart Engineering in partnership with Viewpoint for Projects have organised the event Building Information Modeling (BIM) - the path of the future in the construction industry in Romania.


- the Romanian Order of Architects (OAR) has organised in January 2017 in Bucharest the course “Introduction to Building Information Modelling” and a Web Conference “BIM in Europe” together with the Architects' Council of Europe in December 2017.

According to Ms. Raluca Munteanu, Vice-President, Romanian Order of Architects, Bucharest Subsidiary, "The Romanian Order of Architects, Bucharest Subsidiary has organised a BIM presentation at the beginning of 2018 and there is interest among architects. The growth of the BIM implementation is directly related to the increase of the complexity of the projects and the rise of the exigencies of the beneficiaries. A carefully coordinated project and the integration of all the specialities in the design phase saves time and costs of execution and maintenance. If the investors start to understand these aspects, it is also necessary for specialists to adapt their way of working and implement the BIM and the interdisciplinary work."

According to a BIM Specialist from Skanska Romania, "The trend of using BIM is increasing in Romania. However, the massively widespread "shift" will take place only under the impetus of aligning the local design standards with the European ones, correlated with a legislative regulation of the local public tenders. Currently, the EU directives in force recommend BIM usage in the public tender processes, but they do not impose it. In the absence of a legislative framework regulating the use of this technology in the construction industry, it is estimated that the increase of the BIM using will occur naturally."

Are you interested in the opportunities presented by the construction and building sector in Romania and other Emerging Markets in Europe? To export to these markets? To present your BIM solutions to the relevant local players? Perhaps we could collaborate.

We, at FRD Center, are constantly monitoring various sectors and analysing certain potential opportunities for investors, for exporters and for those looking to source from Romanian manufacturers.


For over 20 years, FRD Center facilitate direct contacts between foreign producers and local buyers and decision makers, organise B2B meetings and roundtables with key opinion leaders and professionals.

For tailor-made market research, B2B matchmaking with players in the Emerging Markets in Europe, for M&A assistance and target origination feel free to contact the FRD Center team at: email: europa@frdcenter.ro or tel: +4021 411 1459/60/61

FRD Center provides market research in Eastern Europe and the region, B2B matchmaking in the CE Europe and SEE, M&A assistance in Romania, in CEE and SEE, in the Emerging Markets in Europe such as Poland, Serbia, Lithuania, Hungary, Czech Republic, Bulgaria or Turkey.

For foreign decision makers interested to learn first-hand from the local key opinion leaders and authority representatives about the opportunities and challenges of doing business and market entry in the Emerging Markets in Europe, FRD Center organises Sector-Focus Round-Tables and Presentation Seminars. 

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