The global urbanization is resulting in a larger need for knowledge of the underground space. Digitization and BIM are promising and powerful tools for the near surface geosciences to provide the society with this information. BIM could broadly be described as physical features represented by digital objects (3D) holding information about the object, also the geometry of the object (3D), as well as relations to other objects. Some of the BIM achievements are better understanding of the underground space, earlier and better notice of geo-related conditions, less costly surprises during the construction (fewer claims), more precise estimation of costs, construction time and material use, better quality and lower costs for facility management. To reach these BIM benefits improvements regarding 1. Data formats/structures, 2. Classification systems for objects and attributes, 3. Exchange formats and 4. Visualization tools has to be done. This requires the near surface sciences and the related industry, software suppliers, equipment manufacturers etc to get together and agree on these topics, on a global basis.


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