BIM Brunch: Fred Mills

BIM Brunch - Fred Mills

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. In today’s instalment, Director of The B1M, Fred Mills discusses Barcelona BIM, his past work on interesting hospital projects and his winning Achiever of the Year 2014 at the Constructing Excellence Awards.

What is your favourite career related website/blog?

I find Born to Build really inspiring, and of course I’m biased in terms of The B1M!

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

Randy Deutsch is a great guy working over in the United States and he wrote BIM and Integrated Design, which is a cracking read. It really focuses on the people and culture aspects of BIM adoption where the greatest challenges lie!

The top industry event you have recently been to is?

The World Sustainable Building Conference in Barcelona. I was invited to represent the UK in a debate with three other European countries about how BIM can help to enable sustainable design. The interest in the session was fantastic and it’s interesting that a lot of people in the Spanish AEC industry are looking to the UK’s lead on BIM.

Favourite Twitter handles to follow?

@TheB1M (obviously!), @BIMgcs and @SuButcher

What is your all-time favourite building?

St Peters Basilica in Rome. Seeing that level of fine, exquisite detail, on such a vast scale really takes your breath away.

What is your favourite project you have worked on?

Surbiton Hospital. It was a mixed use scheme that took an old under-utilised hospital site and developed it with a new health centre and primary school across one campus. It was hard work at the time, but it really paid off and now makes me proud every time I drive past. It has really lifted the community.

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

I first worked in a BIM environment at New Victoria Hospital, constructing a state-of-the-art suite of specialist operating theatres, though it was by no means Level 2. The project was very technically demanding and M&E heavy. There was a lot of end user engagement and sign-off required, not just from the medical staff and surgeons, but the facilities management teams too.

The most exciting possibilities Building Information Modelling can offer are?

I sum up my views in this short B1M video!


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

The built environment has a huge influence over how people live their lives and I wanted to contribute. I love our industry and enjoy working with like-minded people who want to make it better.

What is your proudest career highlight?

Winning Achiever of the Year 2014 at the Constructing Excellence Awards. To be recognised for doing something you’re passionate about is an incredible feeling.

What is the best part about your job?

It sounds a bit cliché but I really enjoy delivering for a customer and that sense of pride that comes with a successful project. The best bit is doing another project for them and developing long term relationships.

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Check back on Tuesday November 18th, 2014 for the next edition of BIM Brunch.

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