Joanna, what do you do in your daily work as a BIM engineer?
I have a wide range of responsibilities at work, starting with digital modeling of walls for quantity take-offs and assembly plans, through designing walls and slabs using reinforced elements of aerated concrete from the Xella’s assortment, to providing technical and design advice to our clients.
Due to the fact that the production of Ytong Panel SWE and Ytong Panel is launching in Poland, together with the team, we are working on developing technical manuals tailored to the conditions of the Polish market.
You are also involved in the buildingSMART Polska association. What motivated you?
I try to go beyond and contribute more widely to the development of digitization and education in the construction industry, which is in line with Xella's values. That's why I decided to join the work of buildingSMART Polska.
Xella Polska is a member of this association, which promotes open standards and cooperation in the construction industry. There are various working groups focused on specific tasks. Since 2021 I’ve been taking part in the work within "constructionROOM", where I co-created the recently published export guide to IFC from the most popular modeling programs. IFC is an open format used to exchange information in BIM throughout the project lifecycle. This year, I am personally involved in the work of "productROOM" on the creation of a prototype of the Polish construction classification based on the international CCI, Construction Classification International.
You recently spoke at the first openBIM Poland 2023 conference. What was the occasion?
At the conference in Warsaw I had the pleasure to approach and introduce my two projects to a wider audience. I spoke about the classification prototype and I gave an introduction to the IFC export guide. Designing with BIM methods, a networked collaboration on the 3D model of the building, is gaining more and more importance in Poland, but we don't have any obligatory classification system of building elements yet. Therefore, at the conference I presented my thesis that the IFC format and the CCI classification will become the applicable standard in the long term, so that we can speak the same language regardless of the software used or the function performed in the project.
I am really glad that I have the opportunity to cooperate within this association. It is part of my personal development, so it was like icing on the cake to speak at the conference and meet interesting people.