Zagreb, 1st February 2021 – ATP’s Zagreb office, which was founded in 2002, has developed into a successful BIM specialist for the entire CEE Region. In order to offer its own employees a solid training in integrated and digital design, it established a modern “BIM Competence Centre” in 2019, which is dedicated to constant technological development and comprehensive knowledge transfer. Almost 18 months after the founding of the center, Branko Knežević, Managing Director and BIM officer in Zagreb, is proud of the pioneering role that this has given to ATP in the region.
“It is about ten years since we started to comprehensively design our first projects in BIM,” says Branko Knežević. “This approach was completely new in Croatia at the time.” And, while the acceptance of BIM in the country is now growing, the digital design method is still only actually used to a limited degree. “Our greatest current challenge is to achieve large-scale acceptance of BIM – amongst designers, clients, and also employees.”
By creating the BIM Competence Center, ATP’s Zagreb office took an important step towards raising the awareness of the Croatian building sector of the necessity of digital design. In its in-house training facility, it educates ATP’s architects and engineers in the use of the digital integrated design method and this generates significant added value – for both the employees and our clients.
Digital integrated design
The modern BIM design method allows all architectural, technical, physical, and functional characteristics of a building to be digitally depicted within a central data model. According to Branko Knežević, the main advantage that this offers is the opportunity for comprehensive information and data management: “Our projects tend to be highly complex. BIM enables us to constantly react with agility and quickly identify and deal with potential problems.”
The key to this is integrated design. Rather than working in series on a number of different plans, architects and engineers work as equal partners in close, simultaneous cooperation within a single 3D model.