BIM Brunch is the perfect accompaniment to your dinner break. Featuring some major players from the #GlobalBIMCrew, BIM Brunch is an interview segment where BIM specialists talk about their passion for Building Information Modelling. Today, Managing Director of DSG Quantity Surveyors, Steven Gosling is interviewed by BIMcrunch. With many eyes soon to be on his company at BIM Show Live 2015, Steven shares some fun thoughts and experiences regarding DSG and the wider BIM sector.
What is your favourite career related website/blog?
Construction Enquirer. It features all of the latest construction stories and is straight to the point, an easy read.
Do you have a favourite industry book, magazine or publication?
I enjoy reading Building Magazine – informative and gives a good update on the industry.
The top industry event you have recently been to is?
I attended the BIM Show Live last year and am happy to say that DSG will be speaking at this year’s event.
Favourite Twitter handles to follow?
None, don’t really understand this Twitter thing. I leave that up to our surveyors and marketing team though they inform me that @BIMcrunch is a good one!
What is your all-time favourite building?
What is your favourite project you have worked on?
I was the Managing Surveyor on a project in South Africa in 1997 to 1998, a 200 million high security design and build high tech prison.
What is the best thing about the team at DSG?
The team at DSG has a mixture of youth and experience that are both well trained to handle projects using our latest BIM software and using ‘old’ traditional PQS methods. We have a well-balanced ethic and gender balance and I’m fantastically proud of them.
What was the first BIM related project you have been a part of and what did you learn from the experience?
We have carried out a number, but the one that stands out was a recent project in Southampton; the BIM model, structural steelwork and the 2D drawings steelwork drawings were substantially different and it showed the importance of collaboration.
The most exciting possibilities Building Information Modelling can offer are?
I think we all know the pros and cons by now, but for DSG as a SME, it has opened doors that previously wouldn’t have been possible and helped up us to expand our client base considerably and develop new work streams. For instance, we are now working with other companies helping them to implement BIM into their business.
Who or what made you want to work within the Architecture, Engineering and Construction sector?
I fell off a swing one weekend and bumped my head, and then went to a careers show on the Monday and signed a piece of paper. I realise now what I was signing up for!
What is your proudest career highlight?
Two in particular, the first was achieving my Chartership with the RICS and the second would be completing a £16 million project in Oxford on time, and with a nice little profit – rare things these days.
What is the best part about your job?
Telling others what to do!
For more on DSG Quantity Surveyors, click here and here to take you to their official website and Twitter feed respectively. The firm are also participating in The Grafters Awards 2015, and you can vote for them and others here.