Urban planning roundtable in Basle
ATP architect Stefan Bossard creates enthusiasm for integrated design with BIM.
Basle, 12th January 2016 – Hochparterre Editor Roderick Hönig invited visitors to the Urban Planning Roundtable at Swissbau in Basel and addressed the question of how Building Information Modeling (BIM) was influencing the architecture scene. Alongside Stefan Bossard, ATP architects engineers Zurich, Manfred Huber, President of the BIM Commission of the SIA and Markus Giera, Managing Director of Kaulquappe IT took part in the fascinating discussion.
ATP has been considered as a pioneer of integrated design for more than 40 years and now makes full use of the design tool BIM in this area. A data models enables the interdisciplinary project team to simultaneously both record and document all relevant information. This allows all participants to be involved in the project from day one: “BIM creates awareness for the integrated design process amongst the whole team at the very beginning of the design,” explained Bossard. For example, this allows the architect to better understand the work of the structural or building services engineer and vice versa. The result is close cooperation between the individual professions. This, for Bossard, is the most exciting aspect, “we can show both how we have done it so far and where we want to get to.”
The discussion left no doubt that BIM is the design tool of the future. The audience was also inspired by the enthusiasm of the speakers. The closing question to the audience asking who was inspired to find out more about BIM was met with an overwhelming show of hands.