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IT & InnovationWhy is Building Information Modelling in Switzerland becoming an increasingly popular sector to work in?

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Martin Ivanov
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Building Information Modelling has become increasingly important across Europe. Martin, specialises in placing specialists into different BIM related roles in Switzerland. 

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Building Information Modelling specialists in Switzerland have become increasingly more in demand for a number reasons. According to the new market research report Building Information Modelling (BIM) Market by Type (Software, Services), the market is expected to grow from USD 3.56 Billion in 2017 to USD 7.64 Billion in 2022, at a CAGR of 16.51% during the forecast period, ( which is outstanding and shows the importance of the digital representation of buildings that it offers.

BIM enables investors to increase the quality and reliability of their planning, design, construction and operation processes, which is essential when forecasting the lifecycle of a building. Martin Ivanov is our BIM Recruitment Specialist and gives his insight on the BIM job market in Switzerland.

1. Why is BIM so important when it comes to the construction industry?

BIM provides an easy and efficient way of coordinating and completing a project. From a digital point of view, all the modelling is done quicker, more accurately and in more detail. From a budgeting and deadline perspective, it is cost and time efficient, hence why construction businesses are ensuring that BIM is integrated into their processes. The market for industrial application is expected to grow at the highest rate between 2017 and 2022, ( showing just how essential the service has become and the demand for BIM related job roles is increasing accordingly.

2. Are there different types of BIM software that companies can use or is there just one standard version?

When a technology becomes popular, you will always find different versions and for BIM that is no exception. Varying versions have been created to cater for industries of differing sizes and type.

The more commonly used programs used are: Revit, NavisWorks, Bentley, ArchiCAD, Tekla, Solibri, AutoCAD, CADduct, Innovaya, and Google SketchUP. Of course, studying BIM is vital and having a degree is an essential requirement when applying for BIM related roles. Undertaking work experience to run alongside your studies would be practical, as employers like to see you have worked with BIM on multiple projects effectively.

3. Which types of BIM specialists are being requested by clients?

The Architecture Engineering and Construction industry has created a large demand for well-trained professionals capable of implementing BIM technology. I am often asked by our clients to recruit for BIM Specialists.. The professional’s education in the subject area, experience of working with BIM, and how much they know about the software is top of the agenda. BIM Application/Software Developer/s; are also high in demand as these are the people who implement the systems and keeps everything in check for specialists.

There are usually three vital parts in a project where BIM is a necessity: design, coordination and management. The design part is responsible for the 3D modelling, creating a complete model of the building/construction plus the overall data input information, therefore many roles will fit under those three umbrella parts. Other roles I work on with my clients includes:

  • BIM Modeler

  • BIM Analyst

  • BIM Software Developer

  • Modeling Specialist

  • BIM Facilitator

  • BIM Consultant​

  • BIM Advisor

  • BIM Coordinator

  • BIM Advisor

  • Revit Expert

  • BIM Enthusiast

  • BIM Researcher, and BIM Manager, Chief BIM-Officer.

4. What do you see happening with BIM over the next ten years?

With new BIM programmes coming out all of the time, the future of BIM is looking really good. Developers will be in demand and as economies grow and new buildings go up I think we’ll certainly see an upward trend over the next decade.

The implementation of BIM is vital because of private and public successes in the construction and real estate sector. These are opening everyone's eyes to an new generation of building which will only evolve over time.

If you are looking for a new BIM related role or are looking to hire a specialist for you team please, contact Martin on:

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