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Meet Christoph Degendorfer – How we went through the pandemic at bimspot?

First of all, how are you and your team doing in these COVID-19 times?

I prefer answering this question by focusing on the personal side of the matter. Luckily none of our team was directly affected by it, and this has been very reassuring to keep going through this tough time.

Tell us about you, your career, how you founded or joined this company?

I’m an architect with more than 15 years of experience in several offices and at the same time very interested in new technologies, trying to apply them to my projects. When BIM appeared in the industry, I thought of combining my digital mindset with the ambition to design the buildings of the future. After co-founding and running a BIM consulting office for several years, it became obvious what was missing in the daily work with BIM projects to unleash the full potential of this method. Bimspot was founded to fill this gap.

How does your company innovate?

Today, project managers in the building industry are confronted with a complex stakeholder management process. Information is distributed across different models with lots of manual work and different stakeholders’ software.
People work with poor information quality and no transparency on costs and resources. Bimspot is a digital project manager for BIM projects, ensuring the highest model quality while saving time and money. All information is accessible in one spot with real-time project transparency to increase BIM model quality and make decisions based on accurate data.

How the Coronavirus pandemic affects your business, and how are you coping?

The collaboration in building projects was heavily affected by the pandemic when we talk about the AEC industry. For bimspot, the biggest impact of the pandemic has been on the management of the team. In the beginning, working remotely has been challenging because it was the first time for all of us, but the good thing is that we adapted quickly to the new situation. We implemented new tools, and we set up new ways of keeping in touch, using our time at its best. Now the workflow in the team works perfectly, even if we like from time to time to still meet in person, by respecting the safety measures.

Did you have to make difficult choices, and what are the lessons learned?

The pandemic has been hard, but it pushed the digitalization within the AEC industry. With all the team, we tried to find new opportunities during these difficult times. For instance, we realized that we needed to adapt our working space since some team members will keep working remotely.

What specific tools, software, and management skills are you using to navigate this crisis?

We really didn’t change the tools we’re using, but we’re using it maybe differently. For example, we set some rules for our online meeting to keep it as short as possible. Online meetings are now a reality, but we try to balance this online part with some working days in the office or with some team events.

Who are your competitors? And how do you plan to stay in the game?

In our market, new tools appear while existing tools adapt to the market change. We’re still working on what we believe is the best direction for bimspot to offer the best value to our users: a user-centric approach. We’re currently working to improve one of our main features, to respond to our users’ requests. Stay tuned!

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