DIGITIZATION IN THE CONSTRUCTION SECTOR Pilot trainings for BIM (Building Information Modeling)

The digital transformation changes the operation process of the companies from every branch of the economy, making it drastically different from 20 or 30 years ago. In a situation where certain sectors partially base their development on new technologies, knowledge, innovations and IT tools, the construction yet remains one of the least digitized sectors.

The classic model of operation of the construction companies affects the efficiency, productivity and the quality of the construction, which, in practice, negatively reflects in the expenses and the planned deadlines for project realization.

The latter undoubtedly is an incentive to the construction circles to start thinking about digitization and introduction of processes and tools for faster flow of information such as BIM – Building Information Modeling, which is currently in the center of the digital transformation of the construction sector. BIM is a trend that is increasingly employed in the sector, especially in the developed Western countries and it represents a 3D-based process that provides the architects, engineers and construction professionals with an insight and tools for more efficient planning, design, construction and management of the facilities, aiming at coordinated activities during the construction process and avoiding possibilities for mistakes in every stage of construction.

Following the contemporary trends, the Economic Chamber of Macedonia, in cooperation with the project partners: the Association of Business and Consultants "Creation", the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Information Technologies within the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University – Skopje, the Adult Education Center Skopje (COV), the Engineering Institution of Macedonia (IIM) and the BIM Academy from Spain, has commenced with the pilot trainings for BIM, whose goal is to develop skills and strategies for application of Building Information Modeling, in the scope of the project “Toward market-based skills for sustainable energy efficient construction – TRAINEE”.

The member companies of the Association of Construction, Building Materials and Non-metal Industries, stakeholders as regards the application of modern and innovative technology solutions, have taken part in the pilot trainings. The end objective of BIM, apart from raising the competiveness of the companies, their productivity and operating efficiency, is achieving energy savings as well, through the application of energy efficiency measures during the construction