Irina Vlasova

Irina Vlasova

Chapter: Russia 

Role: Chairman 

Where do you live? Moscow, Russia 

Work historyI have been working in the areas of design and construction of nuclear power plants and other complex engineering facilities since 1998. 

How long have you been involved in openBIM and buildingSMARTI have been using IFC standards for many years in my work. I2017 I was introduced to buildingSMART.  

What do you like the most about your work in your chapter? Nowadays digitalization covers more and more industries in Russia. However, digitalization requires standardization. I like being on the edge of innovation and thanks to work in the Russian chapter having an opportunity to lead the country’s integration into international standardization processes.  

The greatest success achieved within your chapterA lot has already been achieved - development and promotion of standards in the field of BIM, buildingSMART certification program in Russia and last but not least - the formation of a professional community in specific applied and methodological areas. Nevertheless, there is still room for development and greater success. 

What does openBIM mean to youFor me openBIM is the possibility for interaction between participants in the construction process. Open standards allow one to model and manage processes throughout the entire life cycle of buildings and choose the most optimal and effective solutions. Therefore, openBIM is the key to sustainable development.  

What is the biggest challenge the community is facing todayI can say that we live in simultaneously in digital and analog world. Challenges, faced on the digital part, include lack of coverage of various types of construction projects (for example NPP construction projects) by open standards. The analog world requires more efforts on change management processes as human nature prefers well-known solutions and work patterns. 

What challenges do you encounter in your country? Currently, Russia is actively developing in the field of digitalization, while there are quite strict regulatory restrictions, but the system of standardization in the field of BIM is not effective enough. It is necessary to build a clear system of standardization of BIM. 

What are the main opportunities for your marketIn Russia we have a lot of well-educated and integrated specialists who understand that digitalization is the only way to stay competitive. And, as I’ve already mentioned, digitalization is way too close to standardization. As well, currently, construction industry is known as one of the least “digital”, this means that there is a high need for BIM methods and knowledge, especially for global, unique projects with a large set of tools used. 

Digitalization is more and more present today; what do you do in your chapter to meet the challenges it posesThe mission of the Russian branch of buildingSMART is to lead the country’s integration into international standardization processes. 

What vision, as a chapter leader, would you give to the whole communityWe see that the world can change in a moment and we should be ready to changes that as well includes ability to use the results of our work in different circumstances and to create better solutions for sustainable projects.  

What is your overall vision of the futureDesign and construction technologies will continue to develop, which will increase the speed and efficiency of capital construction. The future belongs to digital duplicates that are transmitted to Customers together with the object. However, in the next 5-10 years, technologies may change dramatically, as the digital world is rapidly developing 

Would you like to add something else? I believe that without the development of open standards for data transmission, it is impossible to effectively digitalize the construction of complex engineering facilities. I am proud to work with the international BSi team. 

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Short resume (50 words) 

Irina took over the role of Chairperson of the Russian branch of buildingSMART International in 2020. In addition, Irina is an expert of the technical standardization committee TC 465 “Construction of the Russian Federal Agency on Technical Regulating and Metrology, an expert in subcommittee 5 “Information Modeling Technology for Buildings and Structures” of TC 465. Over the past 15 years, Irina has been involved in implementation of various innovative technologies (including BIM) in the field of information technology, engineering and construction.