Hard Hat Hub talk BIM with HOK’s David Ivey

Construction blog Hard Hat Hub have published a new interview with HOK Industry expert and Building Information Modelling specialist David Ivey.

Ivey discusses his career and expertise within the world of BIM and gives advice to young talents starting out within the AEC industry. However, the main focus of his chat is to address the many opportunities available to enable BIM adoption to increase within the AEC industry. Discussing the future, he stated: “Now that Revit and other applications have begun to mature as Architectural and Engineering design platforms, the synergy of having the entire extended team in BIM will start to provide better productivity and efficiency going forward, saving owners and design teams time and money.”


The buildingSMART Manager also believes that the sharing of data within a project team and beyond is only going to get more seamless as more types of industry role adopt BIM and know how to input their information into a model. He said: “There is also so much more opportunity now for the sharing of data throughout the design process, and on through facilities management and building operations, that I think you’ll see that really start to take off. And many more types firms, like food service, elevator designers, etc…, are beginning to adopt BIM, so opportunities to fold them in to the process will continue to evolve and provide benefits.”


The BIM community is going to become so diverse – models are going to be incredibly rich with data relating to all sorts of operations and processes, including those not even related to design or construction yet still relevant within the daily schedule of a building.


Ivey, who specialises in BIM authoring with Autodesk Revit, clash detection within Autodesk Navisworks and program validation in dRofus, also gave advice to those starting out within the industry.


“I think that having a natural curiosity about tools and processes is important. Further than that, having a strong interest in helping people be more productive and solving problems is key. Being a very good communicator is critical, and having great patience, along with a good sense of humor, are almost required personality traits.  It can be a very stressful job, and these qualities help you manage that stress, and keep your focus.”


Click here to read the entire interview with HOK‘s David Iver on Hard Hat Hub.


What advice would you have for graduates just starting out?