DSF Now Requires the Use of BIM on Certain Projects
July 7, 2009
Effective July 1, Building Information Modeling (BIM) is now required
on certain construction projects by The Wisconsin Department of
Administration, Division of State Facilities (DSF). The DSF recently
completed its BIM guidelines and standards, which is now required
on the following projects advertised on or after July 1:
- All construction (new and addition/alteration) with total project
funding of $5 million or more;
- New construction with total project funding of $2.5 million
or more; and
- Additions/alterations with total project funding or $2.5 million
or more, including new addition costs of 50 percent or more of
Though required only for the above-mentioned projects, the DSF
also encourages the use of the BIM guidelines and standards on all
The new guidelines and standards cover architectural/engineering
(A/E) services in a design-bid-construct project delivery format.
Some of the specific areas covered include the required use of BIM
and 3-D software; model quality; work effort compensation schedule;
and the expectations and relationship to the current A/E Policy
and Procedure Manual.
According to data from the state's 2007-2009 biennium, the DSF
made A/E selections for nearly 700 projects; less than 40 percent
of which would have been required to use the new BIM criteria. According
to information from the DSF, the value of implementation [of the
guidelines and standards] is that although these projects make up
only five percent of the count, they represent $700 million in making
up 60 percent of the advertised budgets.
Currently, five projects over the $5 million threshold are up for
A/E selection in the coming months, followed by 18 more in the next
two years. Projects include the Department of Military Affairs,
Department of Administration, Department of Corrections and the
University of Wisconsin System.
The DSF is currently accepting comments, suggestions and feedback
via an online forum available by CLICKING
HERE to read the DSF's report on the current state of BIM technologies
and recommendations for implementation.
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