Construction Digitalisation Day 2021

April 15, 2021


Moderated by: J.Berķis and I.Adlersbergs (Association for Construction Industry Digitalisation)    


09:30 – 10:00  


10:00 – 10:10

Opening speeches:

  • Ilze Beināre (Ministry of Economics, Deputy State Secretary for Construction and Housing)
  • Jānis Kreics (Association for Construction Industry Digitalisation, Member of the Board)
  • Renārs Griškevičs (SJSC State Real Estate, Chairman of the Board)
  • Dainis Matulis (The Latvian national standardization body Latvian Standart, cooperation project manager )


Digitalisation of Construction Education - challenges and solutions

10:10 – 11:00

Participants: Rodrigo Ferreiro (ZIGURAT Global Institute of Technology), Dr. Noha Saleeb (Middlesex University), Arturs Neiburgs (Latvia University of Life Sciences and Technologies), Kārlis Kostjukovs (Riga Technical University).

In this panel discussion education providers from universities & private companies will answer questions about transformation of teaching process in construction industry during and after pandemic. Is it possible to teach and learn everything distantly, what is the added value of using education platforms etc.

Break (11:00 – 11:05)


BIM in tenders - getting the best result

11:05 – 11:55

Participants: Matt Samways (Aimis Ltd), Wajdi Abdilrahman Mereb (RTA Dubai), Dave Shepherd (UK Parliament), Einārs Jaunzems (Eiropas Dzelzceļa Līnijas), Krišjānis Silickis (Valsts Nekustamie Īpašumi).

In this panel discussion questions about BIM implementation in tendering process will be asked to participants from public and private organizations - defining requirements, lessons from incomplete requirements, evaluating process of tenderers and other.

Break (11:55 – 12:00)


National BIM implementation - strategy, milestones, results

12:00 – 12:50

Participants: Dave Shepherd (UK Parliament), Dmitrijs Kots (Valsts Nekustamie Īpašumi), Riho Anton (Port of Tallinn), Gusts Sproģis (Ekonomikas ministrija).

In this discussion participants from public sector will share information about their road to implementing BIM on a National level. Questions about industry perception, milestones, KPI's and other will be asked.

Coffee break (12:50 – 13:20)


Presentations about BIM F*UPS or fails

  13:20 – 13:45

BIM in construction and estimation (Jānis Dzenis, SIA “Merks” BIM manager)

The reasons why in 2021 we have reached the level of the “2.5D” format instead of 6D. Often models are used only for manual viewing and that’s it. The presentation will summarize stories when reality does not match expectations: low-quality models, various competencies and different understanding. Q&A session.

13:45 – 14:10

The story about high technological expectations and low market performance during the design phase of the COVID-19 pandemic (Igors Adlersbergs, SIA “Arhis” member of the board)

This is a short, funny story about property development - sustainable crowd-funded retreat village for ICT specialists in Latgale, Latvia. The story about big technological expectations and  low market performance during the concept stage during COVID-19 lockdown. Begin with the  end in mind they say. Q&A session.

14:10 – 14:35

A greenfield high-speed railway project F*UPS (Einārs Jaunzems, Eiropas Dzelzceļa Līnijas Project Implementation Director)

A greenfield high-speed railway project shares lessons learned in the search of it`s true BIM identity. Q&A session.

14:35 – 15:00

Hospital project - BIM F*UPS from the first day (Tony Fitzpatrick AW2 Arkkitehdit Oy Head of BIM)

Every single problem that has arisen in the project could have been avoided by following some  simple BIM rules, so this is a good example of how not to do BIM along with the lessons we have  learnt from this process. Q&A session.

15:00 – 15:25

Bad BIM advice (Ivar Krasinski, EDGE Design Director)

Ivar in this presentation will share his experience and give his advice - how NOT to deal with BIM planning. Q&A session.

Coffee break (15:25 – 15:45)


Awarding ceremony

15:45 – 15:55

ALTO 4.0 innovation project presentation - Jānis Goldmanis, R&D Project Manager, ALTO 4.0

15:55 – 16:05 SJSC State Real Estate innovation project presentation - Krišjānis Silickis, BIM Project Manager,  SJSC State Real Estate
16:05 – 16:15 Sitera innovation project presentation - Arturs Neiburgs, Development project director, Sitera  
16:15 – 16:20Voting for the best innovation project of the year 
16:20 – 16:30Awarding ceremony