Interview with Samira Talić

Project Architect at JP Elektroprivreda BiH,

Graduate student at Walter Academy and Certificated Revit User

How would you describe yourself in a few words?

Born and raised in Sarajevo, 45 years old engineer with the major in Architecture. I fell in love with this profession from early childhood, while playing with my first lego cubes. Also, I am especially interested in museology. Currently working at Elektroprivreda BiH, as Project Architect.

What is your educational background and past working experience? Which courses did you attend at Walter Academy?

After completing the Secondary Technical School of Architecture in Sarajevo, I graduated at the Faculty of Architecture. Also, I attended postgraduate studies at the same faculty and successfully passed all exams except the final thesis.  As an extraordinary student and scholarship user of Elektroprivreda BiH, I started working in this company, as a trainee and an associate.

After completing my professional state exam, I started working in the sector for construction supervision at Elektroprivreda BIH and stayed on this position for seven years. Since 2008, I have been working as an expert associate for the preparation of hydroelectric power plants in the sector of Capital Investments at Elektroprivreda. My ordinary tasks are related to the procurement of consulting services in construction (designing, research, auditing, supervision, etc.), preparation of documentation for the construction approval, monitoring the development of spatial planning bases in Bosnia and Herzegovina, improvement of the legal framework for investing in electricity infrastructure and addressing sensitive issues mitigation of the impact of hydroelectric power projects on the environment and society.

During 2018, I attended Revit Basic and Revit Advanced courses at Walter Academy and got certificated as a Professional Revit User. I believe that all the activities I am involved in at my workplace can be performed in BIM and that is why Revit courses are so interesting to me.

How satisfied are you with your previous experience at Walter Academy?

I consider that all participants in the construction industry should be searching for and adopting the innovative technology and methods in order to improve the overall efficiency of their businesses. As I had a chance to experience courses at Walter Academy, I can say that it offers excellent education and certification services related to BIM methodology.

What do you see as the biggest benefit of BIM and how would you apply it on your current position?

Considering that I am working on the preparation of hydroelectric projects, I can say that hydroelectric plants are believed to be among the most complex plants. As for my tasks, I believe that BIM can help the harmonization of design solutions within the various professionals that usually collaborate together on one particular project. Furthermore, BIM can improve the processes of monitoring, project implementation, and later exploitation and maintenance.

Why did you decide to take the Autodesk Revit User Exam? How can it help you in your future career?

It is an exceptional opportunity for gaining new skills and getting worthy proof of your knowledge – the certificate issued by the author of such a great BIM software like Revit is. This chance should not be missed, especially because this certificate is recognized everywhere in the world.

How, from your perspective, was the Autodesk Certification Testing Process going?

I would like to express enormous gratitude to all the staff engaged in organizing the examination at Walter Academy, especially because of the great working atmosphere and infrastructure of the premises where the testing took place. The test itself is structured with precise questions and it gives enough time for solving each question. At the end of the test, students are also able to see their results immediately.

Did you like the layout and composition of the test? How challenging the test was?

The layout and composition of the test were very practical and there is no difficulty in solving the assignments listed, especially after taking the courses at Walter Academy.

Would you recommend education and certification at Walter Academy to other engineers and technicians?Yes, I would recommend Walter Academy services to all scrupulous constructors in Bosnia and Herzegovina. In accordance with the path of Bosnia and Herzegovina towards the European Union, as well as due to the regulations on the BIM-ization of all public buildings in the major countries around the world, Walter Academy offers “up-to-date” education and certification on the skills that are very desirable. To make it even better, the atmosphere at the courses is so relaxing and pleasant, that you feel like you are learning something new from your home.

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