BIM Brunch: Peter Morton

BIM Brunch - Peter Morton

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.

Discussing his career experiences and favourite projects whilst giving some BIM opinion is Peter Morton, Project Manager in the Technology – BIM & Analytics team at Turner & Townsend. Peter, who is also a thinkBIM committee member, shares his thoughts on his favourite BIM-related website, his love for a famous Tyneside landmark, #BIMBeers with his peers and his first ever job interview.

What is your favourite career related website/blog?

The Bond Bryan Blog is a great source of the most up to date information. I’ve lost count of the times I’ve recommended the blog to people.

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

Without a doubt it is the Building Construction Handbook by Roy Chudley and Roger Greeno. It was my number one trusted reference material during college and university. I’ve still got a copy in a box somewhere with my scale rule and drawing pens.

What is/are the top industry event/s you have recently attended?

I attended my first BIM Show Live event in 2014, and found it to be a fantastic opportunity to see all the top BIM people in the UK. Hopefully I’ll make it to this year’s event too.

However, for my money thinkBIM is the top industry event. It combines a great mix of presentations and discussions followed by a chance to talk shop and share a few #BIMbeers with some very talented people.

Favourite Twitter handles to follow?

I’m not massively active on Twitter, more of a quiet observer who chips in every now and then. My first experiences of Twitter and specifically BIM was through #UKBIMCrew. This is a vital resource for anyone interested in BIM, no matter their level of experience. You’ll be surprised by how much useful information you can pick up from following the discussions.

There are a few individual accounts I follow as I know they’ll post interesting and controversial tweets, which really stir up discussion.

Recommended BIM Accounts:

Alison Watson
Bond Bryan BIM
George Mokhtar

Beyond the BIM world, I follow the comedian Adam Buxton for laughs, entertainment and his random musings!

What is your all-time favourite building/piece of infrastructure?

It’s got to be the Tyne Bridge. I no longer live in Newcastle, but whenever I return it’s always a great feeling travelling over the bridge.

What is your favourite project you have worked on?

I can’t really put my finger on a single project, each have their own highlights and positive experiences, but any project which everyone is working to their full potential.

What is the best thing about the team at Turner and Townsend?

Working with the most talented and innovative people around. Turner & Townsend has built a very strong BIM team. Our BIM managers are now playing key roles in major programmes around the world.

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

I first got involved in modelling in 3D with Autodesk Revit around 2007/2008 I think. It was a tiny sports hall extension, which I modelled alongside the main project (which was in 2D). From that moment I was hooked and started down this road of BIM.

The most exciting possibilities Building Information Modelling can offer are?

I don’t think we’ve scratched the surface with the full benefits and possibilities with BIM, the utilisation of technology from other fields during the FM stage will be something to look forward to.

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

I joined the construction industry in 2004 through an apprenticeship at Space Group (then called Waring and Netts). I still remember the interview now; I was a fresh faced 17 year old straight from my GCSEs wearing an ill-fitting suit. Cringe!

Rob Charlton interviewed me, saw a glint of potential in me and supported my development pretty much through my entire career.

The AEC industry is such a challenging and rewarding place to work, I couldn’t think of anywhere better.

What is your proudest career highlight?

My proudest career highlight is undoubtedly during my time at Campus supporting the development of young graduates and helping them unlock their potential through BIM. They’ve all went on to fantastic careers around the world and I still look forward to their updates of how they’re progressing.

What is the best part about your job?

The opportunity to work on some of the most high profile projects in the world. Turner & Townsend has always been strong on modelling the costs not just of construction, but throughout the entire lifecycle of buildings. It was an early adopter of BIM and we are constantly pushing the envelope of the technology to deliver better outcomes for our clients. This is a great time to be in BIM, and this is a great company in which to do it.

To learn more about Peter and keep up to date with his latest happenings, follow him on Twitter here. For extra on Turner & Townsend and the work they do, visit their official website or get the scoop via Twitter.

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