Where are the BIM high-flyers in Europe? What distinguishes digital construction planning in the various locations? What is missing where to move away from 2D models? The new series "BIMpressive" provides insights into the role that BIM and digital planning already play at the various Xella sites, and the opportunities and challenges that managers in the individual countries are facing.
"We are changing the industry! It's fun to accompany and drive this process," says BIM manager Pawel Górski. He joined Xella four years ago – at that time as the only BIM specialist in Poland. He now heads a team of seven employees. Although Xella Polska is already well positioned digitally, the Polish BIM team still has a long way to go: "The construction industry here is changing slowly, but things are moving forward and that is motivating", says Górski.
Xella is not only making an important contribution with its own BIM projects: The BIM manager also cares about his involvement in various professional national and international working groups. As a pioneer in the Polish construction industry, Xella has been involved in associations such as buildingSMART Poland and BIM Klaster for years in order to promote digital solutions on its own initiative together with other companies. "Poland has 40 million inhabitants, but experts in this field are still only about 150 or 200 in the country. For us, this is a very good opportunity to play a decisive role in shaping the process," explains Górski. About 15 to 20 percent of Xella orders in Poland are currently BIM-based, he estimates. With simplified digital collaboration, he believes there could be many more.