I am a structural engineer turned software developer, words I never thought I would hear myself say.
I started my engineering career working for AECOM and was involved with a massive range of projects, including some that were quite exciting (like The Serpentine Pavilion 2013 and Al Wakrah Stadium). I have always thought that the way we work as structural engineers is inefficient, but working on some quite complex projects with some rather short deadlines gave me the opportunity to try and streamline my working processes. This is what led me to taking a job with CASE, where I was fortunate enough to work with some really fantastic and inspiring individuals. When CASE were acquired by WeWork I was given the fantastic opportunity to continue my work as a solo venture but now I am in complete control of exactly what I do, and I love it.
I believe that engineers should spend their time engineering. You shouldn’t have to use up valuable time modelling something in your analysis package when you’ve already modelled it elsewhere, you shouldn’t need to repeat this again when it comes to draughting. When the architect changes something, it shouldn’t mean you start from scratch. You shouldn’t spend days, weeks, months in spreadsheets post-processing analysis data to get something useful. And on a more basic level, you should never have to sit there numbering pages by hand for a calculation submission!
It is all of these problems and many more that I aim to solve. BIM is a word that is thrown around a lot. I think of it less of a government requirement and an awkward maturity diagram and more as an opportunity to implement the efficiencies in structural design that we’ve been looking for.
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