‘Convincing my colleagues of the value of BIM’

Thomas Tschickardt

Anchoring BIM (building information modelling) in the operational parts of Wayss & Freytag Ingenieurbau and gradually rolling out the technology in all the operating company’s projects: that’s what BIM Engineer Thomas Tschickardt sees as his main task.

More specifically I am currently responsible for the introduction of the BIM method in our PPP project Availability Model A10/A24. This road project near Berlin was selected as a pilot project by the German government. Important steps in the process – such as planning, execution, maintenance and operations – are coordinated from a single model. The model will be used for 2D plan extraction, 3D model coordination, 4D planning, 5D controlling and BIM2Field. At the moment we are working on a model-based asset management tool, which will enable us to integrate the various insular solutions of the operational phases which will be 30 years.

BIM adds value to the project, as it ensures effective collaboration between people, processes and instruments throughout the project’s lifecycle. In fact, it helps us keep a tighter rein on costs and ensures the attainability of deadlines, while also reducing risks and improving planning quality.’

From traditional craftsmanship to the digital realm

After training as a master carpenter and working on several foreign projects, Tschickardt chose to study civil engineering. It was here that he became familiar with BIM technology. ‘My generation has been reared on social media. Our entire private lives are online, so to speak. This has many advantages. It feels completely natural to me that digitalisation is also a large part of my professional life.’

BIM at W&F Ingenieurbau

‘I want to promote the use of BIM throughout our company. In my view it is above all a tool that can make our daily work so much easier. By showing my colleagues the value of BIM in concrete examples I hope to convince them of the benefits.’

‘The implementation of BIM does require a degree of effort. To this end, our BIM team works closely with our colleagues in other operating companies in the digital construction community table. Here, we are developing a set of BIM standards that apply across the Group. For me, this is the ultimate opportunity to share my experience and at the same time learn from my colleagues. A wonderful example of open collaboration and scalable learning. I’m proud to be part of this team!’