1st Conference from the "Designing the Future - Investment Process of the 21st Century" Cycle. Conference and BIM Trade Fair - Narvil Conference & SPA Hotel
On 10 - 11 April, 2014, the first conference launched the "Designing the Future" cycle. The discussions focused on advanced solutions supporting the designers and contractors at every stage of implementation of construction projects.

Catering for more than one hundred participants from the leading design offices and contracting companies, the operators of the conference met the expectations of the future engineers by admitting the students from Polish technical universities to the event. " The "Designing the Future" Conference had an impressive impact thanks to its perfect organisation, presentations on international level, and inspiring events to mention but some of many benefits. A wide array of subject matters gave us a global insight into the BIM issues. Consequently, we are aware that BIM may be taught to any future specialist from our Faculty of Civil Engineering and many other prospective experts. The Conference proved helpful not only to design, architecture, and installation professionals but also to project managers, real estate administrators, and investors. The benefits of using BIM procedures by individual participants in the investment process were presented in a transparent manner. The speakers highlighted the need to prepare the universities to new market requirements. Thanks to this Conference, we are more aware of design development trends both in Poland and all over the world ", Norbert Siwiec, student at Politechnika Poznańska [Poznan Technical University], says. BIM was definitely the leitmotif of the Conference. It was discussed both behind the scenes during the coffee breaks and on the visits at many stands of exhibitors who took part in the trade fair which came with the event. There were talks on technical, legal, and structural aspects as well. Similarly as the remaining European Union countries, Poland must integrate the recent and much famed directive with its legislation, obliging us to abandon the criterion of the lowest price in public tenders. " There were many concerns for having to adopt this directive in Poland and to convert the same into explicit legal provisions (no interest among public officers and politicians, and one feels like using bold words when typing this text but let's behave and hold our fingers); on the other hand, all the participants are fully aware of the fact that BIM acts to the best interests of all of us - government, investors, designers, and contractors - and its wide spreading in our country is a must which should happen as quickly as possible. BIM is not just a bit of news; it has grown up to become a consolidated system and to make a pile of mature structural solutions, tools, and know-how since it has covered a long distance in many countries all over the world, not specifically under pressure of the law but rather in order to bring about friendly scaling up legal provisions and regulations ", Artur Doliński, BIM Klaster, says. Grzegorz Kobyłecki and Jarosław Droździel, PROCHEM S.A., opened the Conference with warm welcome of the participants on behalf of the Building Design Chamber, the honorary sponsor of the event. They also gave the introduction to the issues connected with BIM-based designing. The presentation of PROCAD S.A., partner in the Conference, was a very vivid account of benefits of advanced software applications, which could bring profits to designers, investors, architects, and administrators.

Tomi Henttinen representing Building Smart Alliance Finland, talked about the distance covered by Finland on its way from the theory to practical implementation. The presentation evoked high interest and boisterous discussion between those who felt sceptical about the revolution connected with BIM implementation and the practicing technologists. " In Poland, the discussion focuses on the same fears and is as thrilling as we had in Finland five year ago ", Tomi Henttinen, evaluated. Successive presentations gave the participants the close-up of the present market offer of software manufacturers and of the experience collected by Polish companies and multinational corporations in their works on the development, implementation, and management of projects based on the newest BIM technologies.
See our gallery of photographs of the event. You can also view the agenda and the list of participants. Articles on particular conference papers will be published by BIM Klaster on its www.bimblog.pl and by Building Design Chamber in its Wiadomości Projektanta Budownictwa [Building Designer News] monthly. The Conference proved successful. It confirmed the need to organise cyclic meetings of the investment process participants who would like to exchange experience from implementation of the technology that had made a revolution in their everyday work.