National guidelines for digital property management

The real estate companies need to continue on the beaten track with digitizing real estate, investment processes and management. The national guidelines developed through SKR's and BIM Alliance's collaboration provide a stable foundation.  

It is now 7 years since we published one blog about how BIM in management can act as a beacon and catalyst for digitization in the real estate industry. Hopes were high and maybe a little ahead of their time, but a lot has happened since then. The industry's players have made great progress.

Today is talked about it's not just about good initiatives, but we've seen the emergence of new methods and standards, and loads of exciting digital services and projects. But it is not easy for ordinary real estate companies to follow the rapid development of standards and applications. It is therefore gratifying to see that SKR came out with it at the turn of the year national guidelines whose purpose is to support the companies in effective information management in planning, construction and management. In parallel, together with the BIM Alliance, they have developed a program for how real estate companies go about realizing their lifecycle information management.

The result is pervasive and comprehensive. It is both a strength and a challenge. By fully applying the national guidelines, real estate companies will be able to save large sums in future planning and management. A selection of reasons:

  • Clear and simple principles for managing digital information in the business
  • Possibility to use digital data in practice for e.g. access to information in administration, requirements in procurement, etc
  • Streamlining the development and maintenance of requirements and instructions. The assessment is that at least 50% of the time is saved.
  • Fewer surprises, fewer misunderstandings and increased compliance in the relationship between clients and suppliers
  • A digital portal that facilitates effective communication of requirements and instructions compared to traditional documents
  • The same information base for projects as for administration

A challenge, however, is to prioritize in the short term doing the work required to absorb and really understand the framework, let alone see a clear path in how it should be implemented in the individual real estate company. This is a recurring problem we often see in digital transformation – the basic structure becomes a sour threshold to cross. Often they simply choose not to do it, and then the gains from digitization are also limited.

At Ekan Management, we offer a different path: we help you tackle what needs to be done instead. We make the work easier by having done it before. That way we have the map and can guide you on the way. This makes it more fun, easier and faster to do the job - and once it's done, you've built a solid foundation for all future digital possibilities.