Speaker Bio & Abstract

Jaan Saar Head of Digital Construction
Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications

BiographyJaan has managed processes and IT in the construction industry for over 15 years. He joined the public sector in 2018 with the goal of digitally transforming the construction sector in Estonia – to develop the prerequisites and digital infrastructure for collaborative data sharing throughout the building lifecycle. Thus enabling and motivating companies to digitize their processes with the end result of increasing productivity. AbstractNamed ‘the most advanced digital society in the world’ by Wired Magazine, Estonia has built an efficient, secure and transparent digital ecosystem that saves time and money. The numbers speak for themselves: Taxes are completed online in under 5 minutes, 99 percent of the Estonia's public services are available on the web 24 hours a day and nearly one-third of citizens vote via the internet.

Despite the advances in e-government, the productivity of the Estonian construction sector has remained much below the EU average. The strategic goal of the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications is to increase productivity at least three times by 2030. One of the key prerequisites for achieving productivity growth is the improvement of work processes and information flows. That is why the government has started developing the e-construction platform – a digital integration platform to connect data and services throughout the building lifecycle.

An integral part of the e-construction platform is the 3D visualization of the “digital twin” that combines real-time data (including GIS/BIM) about the natural and built environment from existing registries and databases across the country. This will be the main interface for the e-construction platform.