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06.02.2023,  News

Insight: BIM at Burckhardt

Building Information Modeling, or BIM for short, facilitates networked, collaborative construction planning. The integration of the software spans the entire value-added process of a building and goes far beyond the planning itself. For it to be applied successfully, traditional roles in the planning process have to first be redefined. Architect Filip Coso on the application of BIM at Burckhardt:

Where and how did you learn the BIM method?

I started with BIM in 2015. I see learning as a never-ending process, so I am continually educating myself further. It’s great to delve ever deeper into the subject. My international experience from projects in Milan, Venice and the Philippines also flows into practice at Burckhardt.

What is your role in the BIM team at Burckhardt?

First and foremost, I see myself just as a member of the team, because we don’t really think in hierarchical roles. Instead, we initiate projects collaboratively and think ahead. This means we often assume different tasks depending on the specific project constellation. My own focus is on digital aspects, of course, as that’s my specialist field.

What are the benefits and advantages of the digital methods?

I find that BIM brings a high level of transparency to the planning and construction process. It facilitates collaboration and integration; it is consistent and contributes structure. All these aspects can improve the creative process, plus they are a real pleasure to use! The benefits are evident to all when a method is applied correctly. Until that occurs, it takes commitment to learn the principles and here and there a healthy frustration tolerance – as with any technical innovation.

What do you expect from BIM going forward?

I guess there are still some unanswered questions with respect to digital processes in the construction industry. There need to be improvements in terms of flexibility, integration and data transparency. The most important change I am anticipating, however, has nothing to do with technology at all, but with people: A more precise understanding of digital processes in the construction industry will enable us to optimize our professional contribution – which will greatly benefit us and our work.

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