BIM Brunch: Ben Malone

BIM Brunch - Ben Malone

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. This week’s BIM Brunch features one of BIM.Technologies’ Information Managers, Ben Malone. Ben discusses the first BIM-related blog he read whilst at University in Copenhagen, which industry event he hopes to attend later in the year and which building’s regeneration he has mixed feelings about.

What is your favourite career related website/blog?

Luke Johnson’s blog, although not entirely focused on BIM, is an excellent source for whatever you need to know about Autodesk Revit. I’ve learned a lot of tricks and tips from reading his blog – thanks Luke!

I started following Stephen Hamil’s blog when I was in my final semester at University in Copenhagen – an excellent mix of industry related information with a dash of humour chucked in here and there!

Do you have a favourite industry book, magazine or publication?

The B1M Mail Fred Mills and the team at The B1M have done an awesome job with the evolution of the website and continue to offer support to the industry, especially those looking to take their first steps. The B1M Mail is an excellent newspaper style publication which is distributed globally containing reviews and news related to BIM from around the globe. Don’t miss out on the BIM crossword either!

I can’t forget BIM.Technologies’ Level 3 magazine too!

The top industry event you have recently been to is?

BIM Show Live is up there and I’ll hopefully be able to add Autodesk University to that come December!

Favourite Twitter handles to follow?

@lukeyjohnson – As above, Luke brings WhatRevitWants to a world of 140 characters!

@bondbryanbim – even if Rob does make you feel slightly guilty when he’s furiously tweeting about COBie and openBIM at 2am on a Saturday night, his tweets are always well informed and interesting to read. He has to be the #1 BIM Tweeter in my opinion!

What is your all-time favourite building?

Old Trafford, not only the home of the greatest football team in the world, but also as its a beautiful and truly awe-inspiring place to be.

Another favourite is Battersea Power Station, I’m definitely a fan of ‘industrial style’ architecture. Not sure about the planned refurbishment though, although I’d of loved to have been a part of it. Ask me the same question in a couple of years and I’ve got a feeling the latter part of this answer may have changed!

What is your favourite project you have worked on?

Every project where all teams are committed and driven by the BIM process. It came as a surprise to me, but some of the smaller and ‘less interesting’ looking projects turn out to be the true gems.

What is the best thing about the team at BIM.Technologies?

Great fun, great innovation and learning every day.

What was the first BIM related project you have been a part of and what did you learn from the experience?

My first ever BIM project experience was while I was working in Denmark during my studies. It was a competition for a new city square. It wasn’t a ‘true’ BIM project, but some cool early conceptual BIM ‘tech stuff’ helped win the project for the practice I was working with as an intern.

The most exciting possibilities Building Information Modelling can offer are?

I feel we are yet to uncover the full potential of BIM. Some of the exciting outcomes will be in the FM and operations side- post construction. If we can use the BIM process to deliver better buildings, at a better value for clients, then we are doing it right! For me personally, the technology we will use to get there and explore this will be the most exciting!

Who or what made you want to work within the Architecture, Engineering and Construction sector?

After a failed attempt at ‘going pro’ in the football and gaming industry, AEC seemed like the obvious sector to turn to! Jokes aside, I assume like everyone reading this, working on the construction or design of great buildings and spaces where we spend our lives is massively appealing to me. Seeing a building post-construction, which you have contributed to (even if it’s just a small part of the overall process), is hugely satisfying and something I take great pride in.

What is your proudest career highlight?

Playing a part in helping others get inspired by BIM. As a consultant, it can sometimes be a bit of a fight trying to persuade people that there may be a more efficient way to work. When the penny drops, it can be a very rewarding feeling.

What is the best part about your job?

Getting the opportunity to be a part of numerous exciting projects and spread the good word of BIM!

Check back on Tuesday November 4th, 2014 for the next edition of BIM Brunch.

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