Future Insight collaborates with the BIM Legal foundation on online 3D visualization for legal information in the Dutch Land Registry

Amsterdam, January 19, 2022 – The Land Registry and foundation Platform BIM Legal are joining forces for online 3D visualization of legal information in real estate. The aim is that anyone who wishes can see at a glance which legal agreements apply to parcels of land and their buildings. This makes it possible, for example, for home buyers to quickly and easily gain three-dimensional insight into a right of way or a boundary. This three-dimensional information is pre-eminently reusable for registration in the cadastral registration.

The collaboration will start following the successful pilot with BIM Legal for new construction projects by area developer BPD | Bouwfonds Area Development. In 2021, together with notary offices Hermans & Schuttevaer Notarissen and Westport Notarissen, buyers of new-build homes were informed more easily and in a more customer-friendly manner about the legal agreements of their home and plot. In addition, a successful pilot was carried out in which the property rights could easily be indicated in 3D from the notarial profession based on BIM models.

The initiators were recently awarded the Golden Hourglass Prize for legal innovation for BIM Legal.

Rick Klooster, CTO Future Insight: We see the power and potential of BIM and 3D in various projects worldwide. It is great that the BIM Legal foundation is now uniting forces to take this initiative forward in an open and supported manner.

Through the collaboration with the Land Registry, it is possible to study in practice how, with a national and uniform system of agreements, the legal agreements of the home and plot can be automatically registered in 3D in the cadastral registration.

Rob Agelink, Director of Data, Governance and Renewal Kadaster: “As Kadaster, we see that the number of complex ownership situations (with multiple owners and stacked property rights) is increasing, especially in urban areas. As a result, deeds and drawings are becoming increasingly complex. This mainly concerns buildings with a special architecture and/or an extensive accumulation of rights. In this collaboration we want to investigate whether automated 3D registration, with the associated legal properties, is possible. A 3D visualization provides clarity about the legal certainty situation at a glance.”

An example where BIM Legal is applied to new-build homes:
Hoef en Haag – Landgoed Hoevesteijn

About Platform BIM Legal Foundation
The Platform BIM Legal Foundation is committed to transparent and uniform legal information about real estate, which is accessible to everyone. This is achieved by developing a system of agreements with which all market parties in the Netherlands can offer and request 3D legal information to each other. The foundation is led by a board consisting of various partners in the real estate chain:

  • Erik Nieuwenburg, BPD | Bouwfonds Gebiedsontwikkeling
    (Chairman of the Board)
  • Lars Boellaard, Westport Notarissen
  • Jean-Paul Bolhaar, Hermans & Schuttevaer Notarissen
  • Bart Pigge, Dura Vermeer
    (General board member)

For the open standard development, the foundation works together with software suppliers IRP and Future Insight. The foundation intends to set up an advisory board in order to be able to form sounding boards with relevant parties about a national system of agreements for 3D legal information that is workable for everyone.

About the Land Registry
The Land Registry registers and provides information about the location of real estate and space in the Netherlands and the associated rights, such as ownership and mortgage. We provide this data in more than 24 million digital products every year. Our legal task provides legal certainty: what belongs to whom, where are the borders? The maps we make – also in 3D – provide a view of every environment.

With our data and knowledge we offer guidance when making choices. Whether it concerns the correct location of plot boundaries, the best route for a new highway, current developments in the housing market or mapping vacancy. Internationally we help countries to set up registrations; good land registration is after all a precondition for economic growth. Kadaster is an independent, non-profit administrative body.

Curious about the developments? Rick Klooster is happy to tell you more about it. [email protected] | +31(0)6-46909779