‘Soon, digital construction will no longer be a separate department’

Sreelatha Chunduri

Indian-born Sreelatha came to Europe and BAM some three years ago after a detour via the US, where she studied architectural engineering. Having specialised in energy efficiency during her studies, she gained practical experience working for a number of large contractors and a startup – at this stage, her focus shifted towards digital construction.

Today, she works at the Bunnik head office as Group Digital Construction Programme Manager.

Good change management and awareness are crucial for success

Sreelatha believes that awareness, openness to change, adaptability to new technology and practices, and support from management at all levels will help in successful implementation of digital construction practices within a company.

‘Before coming to the Group, I worked in the Dutch BAM Infra organisation, where I was responsible for the company’s BIM Level 2 certification. The highly skilful team members from different departments and the matured processes have made it a great success. Back then BAM Infra was the first contractor in the world to achieve BIM certification for both project delivery and asset management. That was a wonderful learning experience for me, as it allowed me to see the BAM way of working and also I had to familiarise myself with the thinking behind the certification.’

‘One thing about certification is that it also helps to ensure operating companies have a standardised way of working. In other words: another step closer to One BAM.’

‘Part of our preparation for certification is that we are standardising processes, documents, and templates and making sure that they are implemented on the projects. This way, we can all speak the same language and understand exactly what we mean. This is taking place in parallel with the Uniform Project Approach, so the two developments can be mutually reinforcing.’

Data is in every detail of a project’s lifecycle

‘Digital construction is about the information and data that is produced and managed throughout the project in different ways. It will make our work more predictable, more efficient and much safer, resulting in improved budget and schedule.’

Looking ahead, Sreelatha expects that digital construction will fairly soon no longer require a separate department: ‘Every part of the business will learn to integrate the aspects of digital construction that are relevant to their work, and throughout the business we will see more people not just digitising their processes but truly digitalising them.’