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23.02.2021

Greta Bagdanavičiūtė. Public Procurement [application of BIM methods in Lithuania]

Last year the Lithuanian Government approved mandatory application of Building Information Modelling (hereinafter – BIM) methods from 1 Jan 2021 when a) designing and constructing new buildings as well as b) reconstructing buildings attributable to the category of special buildings, c) designing, installing, readjusting of electricity networks of low and medium voltage, gas pipelines of low and medium pressure, communication lines, communication cables, communication cable duct systems (see more at: https://bit.ly/3rShQGD).

Back then the Government decided that from 1 Jan 2021 BIM methods will have to be mandatorily applied by the following public sector employers of design, construction and installation works i.e.: State Enterprise Lithuanian Road Administration, AB “LTG Infra”, State Enterprise Turto Bankas, AB Litgrid, AB “Amber Grid” and AB “Energijos skirstymo operatorius” (for other public sector entities application of BIM was only a recommendation).

In 2020, respective amendments to the Law on Public Procurement (https://bit.ly/3tZFEdq) and the Law on Procurement carried out by Contracting Entities that operate in Water Management, Energy, Transport and Postal Services Sector (https://bit.ly/3s16ksB) were adopted and in July of the same year were submitted to the Lithuanian Parliament (Seimas). Amendments were aimed to enable  implementation of the Government’s decision on application of BIM methods from 1 Jan 2021. So far the Seimas has not yet adopted the above laws.

BIM methods will have to be applied according to the following normative documents approved by the order of the Minister of Environment i.e: i) Employer’s Requirements for Information, ii) Plan for Implementation of Building’s Information Modelling Design and iii) Protocol for Building’s Information Modelling. Unfortunately, the above acts have also not yet been approved by the Minister of Environment.

In response to the last year’s resolution of the Government and anticipated mandatory requirement to apply BIM methods, the Lithuanian Public Procurement Office has supplemented its Guidelines for Public Procurements of Design Services and Guidelines for Public Procurements of Construction Woks; However, until the above listed needed normative documents and, amendments to the public procurement laws enter into force, these recommendations of the Public Procurement Office will not yet be relevant.

See more on BIM-LT Project at: https://bit.ly/37hfdGq
Drafts of the normative documents available at: https://bit.ly/2LVotIU


Commentary by:
Greta Bagdanavičiūtė
Senior Associate at PRIMUS Law Firm
greta.bagdanaviciute@primus.legal

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