“When the data introduced into the Building Information Model is of high qual- ity, it can be utilized in a variety of ways. I believe that we are now in a point in time where BIM is gaining a new type of momen- tum.” This calls for designers, builders and end-users who have a good handle on data management and are capable of creating applications that turn senseless data into smart solutions. “The future of BIM hinges on these two things – the quality of the data involved and how easy it is to utilize.” User Comes First Even beyond BIM, Ristimäki notes that it is quite clear that User Experience (UX) drives the real estate of the tomorrow, on both resi- dential and office side. For the property man- agers, it is crucial to employ a proactive atti- tude where issues are dealt with preemp- tively – as various devices give out frequent status reports, it’s easier to step in and inter- vene, potentially saving a lot of money. “Add to these two factors, the integra- tion of the individual buildings into the sur- rounding community in a way that serves the everyday life of the citizens,” Ristimäki says, making a reference to the emerging Smart City solutions. A major digitalization boost will come from real estate platforms which harness dif- ferent systems into a functional entity. “The platform revolution has already started and in the coming years, we will see many differ- ent types of platforms which focus on differ- ent things – for example, the degree of com- munication between systems and devices can vary a great deal from one platform to the next, depending on the over-all concept.” Ristimäki is also of the opinion that the most Skanska Finland’s headquaters. Nordicum 39 M iro Ristimäki, Development Man- ager at Skanska, knows the chal- lenges and opportunities in the field quite well, having written his Aalto Univer- sity Doctoral Thesis on lifecycle manage- ment in urban development. “Digital tools, such as Building Information Model (BIM) concentrated, for years, in the design and planning phase, instead of adopting a more lifecycle view,” Ristimäki points out.