Building, Digital

pom+ is the first Swiss management consultancy in Real Estate to become openBIM certified

Isabel Gehrer 18.06.2020

The real estate world of the future requires new skills in Building Information Modelling (BIM). pom+ is therefore the first Swiss management consultancy to have its employees certified in BIM at the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts.

BIM keeps on advancing - at least on paper. In real life, the Swiss construction and real estate industry still largely lacks the necessary skills. According to a report published by at the beginning of 2020, there is currently a shortage of around 500 BIM specialists in Switzerland. Recently, buildingSMART International has established a new training course to address the situation. The "Professional Certification Program" offers participants to extend their BIM expertise. Currently, the program is carried out by 13 accredited providers.

pom+Consulting AG chose the Lucerne University of Applied Sciences and Arts (HSLU) to certify its employees in the BIM method. The course is conducted by Mark Baldwin, co-director of the bachelor’s degree in Digital Construction and Markus Weber, President of "bauen digital Schweiz". "This is how we enable our employees to deepen their existing BIM skills under the guidance of proven experts in the international BIM community who are personally involved in the development of international standards for digital working methods in the real estate industry," explains Alar Jost, Head of Service Unit BIM/LCDM at pom+. He continues: "The IFC file format is increasingly becoming the global standard. We specifically focus on combining the international approach with local contextualization to be able to consult our clients in the IFC application in national projects".

The pom+ management board hopes that a broad certification of employees will create added value in all matters of data management across all departments. CEO Peter Staub explains: "BIM models create the basis for structured data collection over the entire life cycle of a property and thus enable transparent analysis, control and decision-making processes. This means that they play a decisive role for each of our six business units and for all employees - regardless of whether they are involved in client representation, the implementation of new operating software or sustainability strategies".