BIM Brunch is the perfect accompaniment to your dinner break. Featuring some major players from the #GlobalBIMCrew, BIM Brunch is an interview feature where industry specialists talk about their passion for Building Information Modelling amongst other topics of conversation.
Sitting in the BIM Brunch hotseat today is Pauline Traetto, Director of BRE Academy. Following our Q&A with the company’s Dan Rossiter, Pauline took the time to chat with us and give you an insight into her career. With BRE Academy recently making a difference in New Zealand, Pauline is hoping that her training and education initiative can benefit communities elsewhere in the world.
What is your favourite career related website/blog?
There are a few superb, interactive sites which I follow such as Burberry, Amazon and Coursera. Not all are necessarily career specific but that is the great thing about digital technology; it opens us up to looking and doing things differently in our professional and personal lives. The BRE Academy will shortly be launching a new website which will be more interactive, offering a new way of accessing and buying training courses online. Watch this space!
The top industry event you have recently been to is?
There have been a few lately, such as the Construction Industry Summit, delivered by the CIC. This conference brought industry leaders together to discuss the Construction 2025 Strategy, the skills shortages and skills gaps. CIOB’s Construction Manager of the Year Awards at Grosvenor House were also a pleasure to attend. They highlighted innovation and best practice in our industry, as did CIAT’s 50th Anniversary celebrations at The Savoy. All of these events help to communicate the many positive things happening in our industry.
Coming soon, BRE Academy’s BIM Level 2 training programme has been short listed in the CIBSE Building Awards. We will find out on 24th February if we win!
Favourite Twitter handles to follow?
I am a follower of all training and education related news stories across the Built Environment. My interest is particularly on what our current skills gap is, what it will be in years to come and what we as an industry are doing about it.
This is one of the key reasons why BRE Academy is undertaking a skills survey (both of a qualitative and quantitative nature) over the next few months to understand the ‘true’ skills gap. Come and join us at Ecobuild in March who we will be unveiling our findings. If you wish to have a say please do so here.
What is your all-time favourite building?
Having visited China recently I saw some amazing buildings. For example, the Shanghai Natural History Museum by Perkins + Will was stunning. Here in the UK, it has to be The Shard; I’m petrified of heights but I put that aside and took my sons for dinner there. The design and finish of the building and view of London were breathtaking, although I must confess I felt better when my feet were firmly back on the ground!
What is your favourite project/initiative you have worked on?
My favourite projects are the ones that have challenged me the most. At the start of my career I was involved in the transformation of the new MINI car (under the ownership of BMW at their headquarters in Munich). Taking a traditional model and turning it into a product for today and tomorrow is always ambitious but it can be done successfully. This is how I see the education sector evolving.
While class based learning will never entirely disappear our time poor lifestyles simply don’t support it this is why e-learning which is interactive, self-paced which allows individuals and teams to learn together is a major part of the Academy’s offering.
What is the best thing about the team at the BRE Academy?
The team are so committed and fun to work with and as an integral part of my business, they have and continue to be outstanding in ensuring we delight all of our customers.
What was the first BIM related project or initiative you have been a part of and what did you learn from the experience?
In 2013 we had identified a need for training and education programmes surrounding BIM to help industry become “BIM Ready”. Through delivering various BIM training modules in support of the whole supply chain both here the UK and for international markets, we quickly recognised the need to have BIM programmes which addressed the Learning Outcome Framework.
Our BIM Level 2 courses have been developed in partnership with the best people: Professor Mervyn Richards OBE, the author of BS1192:2007, the standard for collaborative production of AEC information; and Paul Shillcock, co-author of PAS1192-2:2013, the specification for information management using BIM. Mervyn and Paul are actively involved in supporting the UK Government in defining and adopting Level 2 BIM.
The most exciting possibilities Building Information Modelling can offer are?
It provides a very different way of working which will support the transformation that is occurring in the construction industry. Open data will enable to us build, inform, and measure more sustainable and better performing buildings.
Who or what made you want to work within the Architecture, Engineering and Construction sector?
I was working for an IT company at the fall of the dotcom in 2000 when I came across the amazing work BRE undertakes to create a better built environment for people. It instantly resonated with me; I wanted to be part of an organisation which positively affects all of us by supporting the construction industry to deliver better buildings and homes.
What is your proudest career highlight?
There are so many. For me right now, it’s about taking our BRE Academy training products to new international markets so more people and organisations can benefit from them. The UK construction industry is the best in the world and likewise, so are our training programmes. There is a great feeling of pride when you know that the best practise knowledge you are sharing will have a broader positive impact on say, the day-to-day lives of a community in China or Brazil.
What is the best part about your job?
Working and collaborating with industry and knowing that what we are doing has long term positive benefits for the people who train with us and the building projects they then go on to deliver. In the UK we spend 80–90% of our time in buildings – what could be more important than making sure they are as good as they can possibly be for those who use them?!
If you want to learn more about Pauline, visit her LinkedIn account and follow her on Twitter. To read additional information on the work of BRE Academy, follow their LinkedIn page and visit their official website.
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