BIM Brunch: Reid Cunningham

Credit: LinkedIn - Reid Cunningham
Credit: LinkedIn – Reid Cunningham

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.

Today’s interviewee is Reid Cunningham, Strategic Development Director at BAM FM. In the run up to his appearance at BIM Show Live 2015, Reid talks to BIMcrunch about presenting in-front of the 800 delegates and his position on the panel who selected the speakers for the event. Cunningham also discusses his other favourite industry events and his favourite Building Information Modelling project that he has worked on.

You were one of the ‘Call for Papers’ judging panel, selecting speakers for BIM Show Live 2015. How was that process? More challenging than you expected?

Yes. There were many more entries than I anticipated (about 84) and the range of topics was very wide. I was interesting to see an increase in the number and quality of submissions for some emerging BIM activities including manufacturing, landscape design and FM for this year’s BIM Show Live.

With BIM Show Live just around the corner, what can the industry expect from the event?

Something for everyone! The organiser and judges have made sure that there is a good cross section of BIM activity and examples of best practice that will be represented with emphasis on both professional collaboration and technology as the enabler. The programme has been ordered into practical workflow stages to help delegates organise their time plus there are the presentations on the Tech Stage and exhibitors.

You will also be presenting some case study findings at #BSL2015 as an exemplar for those in attendance. How important are case studies to showcase BIM processes that have already been carried out?

Case studies are a useful way of measuring, verifying and presenting the benefits of BIM implementation in the real world. Plus they can identify, investigate and demonstrate new benefits that were not originally considered, or offer solutions where obstacles have arisen.

What is your favourite career related website/blog?

There is a lot to watch out there but the thinkBIM blog is useful, plus the BAM blog, of course.

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

I am a regular reader of FM World.

The top industry event you have recently been to is?

I have to say Autodesk University in Las Vegas, where I was presenting ‘Optimising FM using BIM Technology’. The scale and scope of the event can only be described as ‘epic’.

Favourite Twitter handles to follow?

@BIMcrunch, @bondbryanBIM, @TCIndex, @fmjtoday, @CNplus, @Rob_Garvey and @kathf48.

What is your all-time favourite building?

The Lloyds Building (Richard Rogers). It was, and remains, revolutionary.

What is your favourite project you have worked on?

It’s hard to choose from so many great projects. Many years ago I was involved in a retail project in Thurso. The journey to Thurso was always spectacular and I was always guaranteed a warm welcome when I arrived. During the summer there was 24 hours daylight!

What is the best thing about the team at BAM FM?

BAM has created genuinely collaborative environment where individuals in our design, construction and FM activities readily form teams to support one another and deliver better outcomes. Our collaboration on BIM projects has enabled BAM FM to pioneer and explore ‘BIM for FM’ and this has been very rewarding and exciting for us.

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

Our ‘BIM for FM’ project at UCL Academy which went live in November 2013 was our first BIM project. After only a few weeks we were able to measure significant benefits in our FM efficiency and the quality of our FM services. We learned that further work was required to improve EIRs and the mapping of COBie data to FM applications like asset management of CAFM software systems.

The most exciting possibilities Building Information Modelling can offer are?

It is possible that we are constrained only by our imaginations and doing things ‘the old way’.

The potential for improved collaboration between designers and FM professionals during concept and early design stages will offer much better operational outcomes to be achieved.

The transfer of 3D models and rich asset data at handover to FM has the potential to revolutionise and ‘digitise’ FM services, and the improved digital work environment will attract high calibre entrants to the FM industry.

Of course the use of BIM for FM does not need to be limited to new buildings, and the prospect of creating BIM for existing buildings is also very relevant and exciting.

The introduction of future technology such as Microsoft ‘HoloLens’ and combining this with big data from live monitoring points, layered on-top of BIM, will achieve further possibilities to revolutionise FM as we know it.

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

I was originally a graduate mechanical design engineer and have always been interested in the ‘stuff’ that makes building work. In addition to BIM I am interested in energy management and improved energy performance by buildings and occupants.

What is your proudest career highlight?

Probably winning an FM Technology award in 2014 for BAM FM’s ‘BIM for FM’ project at UCL Academy, Camden.

What is the best part about your job?

Collaborating with my colleagues in BAM and the look of excitement when I show our maintenance engineers the possibilities of the 3D models.

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