We are honored to introduce one of our students, Mr. Ismar Lacevic, a founder and CEO of Digital Elephants and founder of TEDx Ferhadija. We asked him a few questions about what he is working on, as well as his thoughts on our Academy.

Could you, please, tell us what the core business of your company, Digital Elephants, is, and name few of your favorite projects and/or clients?

The Company’s core business is creating innovative solutions that help solve present problems and lacks of options in the local, as well as the global markets. The main idea behind everything we do is to create products and services that save people’s time while using it. Favorite projects include the Yoga Chair Lalita, and an appointment booking app called book.me which is currently in development.

How did you hear about Walter BIM Academy?

I heard about Walter BIM Academy while speaking with Walter around other projects they do or have done, which are sort of connected with the Academy. After that, I got curious about the concept, so I tried to inform myself more via social media and speaking with people. Ultimately, Walter published a call for new students for the Academy with all the information.

Could you tell us what you think of BIM and in your opinion, how important is implementation of BIM in the AEC industry?

Even as a non AEC person, I strongly believe that BIM is one of the greatest things that have happened to the industry. BIM and everything that it includes makes the work and execution of projects for professionals so much easier. The software is intuitive, understandable, provides all the necessary information, and the possibilities seem unlimited. As for the implementation of BIM in the AEC industry I believe that it is more than important due to two simple facts at least. One being that a lot of professionals in the AEC industry still cling to traditional values which, in the current digital age, makes them obsolete as professionals and has them working harder, and especially when the demands of clients are oriented more towards a digital delivery of projects rather than the traditional kind. The second fact is that BIM makes the tasks and workload much easier, and even reduces resources needed for working. Let’s be fair, everybody likes to reduce resources for projects and still deliver an optimal project. BIM is doing exactly that.

How would you rate the Revit Architecture Basic course you attended at Walter BIM Academy? Did this course satisfy your expectations, and how much did it improve your professional skills?

As a company owner I understand that knowledge is often the one factor differentiating you from the competition when it comes to delivering results. It can be knowledge from either books, education, experience and many other sources. In my professional career, I can say with confidence that I’ve never attended a course more interesting and engaging than the Revit Architecture Basic course at Walter BIM Academy. The information provided was coherent, precise and understandable even to a non AEC person. The lecturer, Mehmed Hodzic, is beyond professional and skilled in his job, and the knowledge I gained will be useful throughout my whole career. The course exceeded my expectations by a great deal, even though they were high in the first place. When it comes to my professional skills, they were improved and extended by a whole new field of work, and I can expand on this. I believe the knowledge I gained through the Revit Architecture Basic course is solid, profound and by all means something I can build on.

Is there something that you enjoyed the most while attending this course?

Apart from the knowledge gained, which is vast, I mostly enjoyed the classes per se. As previously mentioned, the lecturer Mehmed Hodzic is the type of professional I certainly did not encounter before. He dedicated himself to every participant, but still managed to be on track with the agenda of every class. He stayed after a class as long as necessary to explain even the smallest detail. Mehmed had the attention of all 14 attendees for the whole duration of a class, and trust me, this means something coming from a person with an attention span of 30 minutes maximum! The other part I thoroughly enjoyed is the practical application of the theory in every class. Not a lot of courses offer that practice, and it certainly helps people understand the material they are facing. The entire course is perfectly balanced between theory and its practical application. It is a feeling that is beyond enjoyable when you understand something seemingly complex for the first time, a true eureka moment.

What do you think about Walter LLC? How do you like the working ethics and atmosphere in the Company?

When it comes to Walter LLC, I could sit for days and write about things I like. But to put it in short terms, they are one of the best companies in the Bosnian market, when it comes to their environment and their approach to people. I have meetings there every once in a while, and every time I come I am greeted by happy and polite people. Let me repeat that; EVERY TIME I come I am greeted by HAPPY and POLITE employees, and I am not the only person to testify to this. Walter understands how to do business right, and how to treat its employees the right way. Since I have a business relation with them too, I can say the working ethic is exceptionally positive. Everything that was agreed upon was delivered as agreed, when agreed, and even improved, based on the input of their professionals. But one thing that fascinates me the most after all this time is the humility of a company that has 100 employees. It is a company where just one of their teams is bigger than my entire company, but they still approach everyone with a tremendous amount of respect, and never put a client above any other. They never dismiss ideas, and always try to analyze them and make something out of them. To conclude, in my opinion, Walter is a company which should be a role model for at least 90% of companies in Bosnia, with amazing work ethics and a beyond enjoyable atmosphere inside.

How can BIM knowledge help you in your future career?

My career path does not involve AEC work per se, as I lean more towards abstract concepts such as ideas, but BIM and the knowledge gained from the Walter BIM Academy helped me understand how an AEC project is structured, operated, made, and executed. I now understand what BIM engineers are supposed to do, what the steps are, and approximately how much time it takes for things to be done. Since my core skill set is project management, I can be part of AEC projects made with BIM as an assistant project manager. Of course, my knowledge is still not on the level that I can lead a project on my own.

Furthermore, the BIM knowledge I gained made me more interested and curious about it all, and I definitely will enroll in the advanced BIM courses to expand my knowledge and will also work on projects that support that development. So, knowledge of BIM has expanded my areas of professional interest and surely represents a valuable milestone in my personal/professional development.

Are you willing to implement BIM methodology in your company? In which ways can BIM lead your company to more success?

As previously mentioned I plan to develop my company in the direction of BIM project management, and assist companies such as Walter in any way possible to deliver exceptional results. BIM is a world standard which cannot and should not be ignored. I believe that it is always good to be amongst the first people in a specific market to implement global standards and operations.

Please, check our website for more information on our company: www.walter.ba as well as Digital Elephants website: https://www.digitalelephants.net/