On 15th November 2018 in Sarajevo BIM Alliance, whose member is Walter, in partnership with Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Sarajevo and support of AluKönigStahl Sarajevo presented BIM Forum Sarajevo 2018 as the first one of this kind ever held in BiH. It took place in the premises of Municipality Stari Grad in Sarajevo with more than 220 visitors who had chance to listen to 15 speakers who shared their BIM experience from different perspectives and introduced the latest BIM innovations.

BIM Forum gathered experts in BIM (Building Information Modeling) technology not only from BiH but also from the SEE (Southeastern Europe) region. BIM is far more than just a tool used in construction industry, BIM is a process that covers the base of what was identified as problems in management and implementation of construction projects which is why the construction industry appeared to be the least digitized branch of economy.

What BIM, later BIM model, offers us is development and realization of projects on higher collaboration levels, better information flow, more flexible model and clash detection in early stages of project which all results in better communication between investor and project execution team, consequently in higher cost efficiency in terms of less financial risks and greater investment profitability. As BIM is not recognized in BiH on a higher scale, events such as this are an excellent opportunity to promote educational, legislative and practical aspects of BIM implementation in construction industry.

With regards to this there were several important sections on BIM Forum agenda with BIM in Education being the first aspect of the forum, closely elaborated by academics from Faculty of Civil Engineering, University of Sarajevo and Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje, Macedonia. Furthermore, BIM in Construction; BIM in Industry and BIM Application aspects connected presentations of many other speakers who shared BIM insights and experiences of the companies they presented such as foreign companies CGS Labs from Ljubljana, Slovenia; Bexel Consulting from Belgrade, Serbia; Strabag AG from Vienna, Austria and domestic companies namely ‘normal arhitektura’, Gazzda, Alfa Term, AluKönigStahl, GDi and also Walter. Additionaly, Global GPS company presented its ideas and plans on path of digitization of construction industry in BiH in association with governmental organizations.

The aim of this forum was to incorporate experts from same and related fields in discussion on development of future BIM solutions in the process of digitization of construction industry. BIM Summit 2019 is planned to be held as by far larger event than BIM Forum 2018.