BIM Brunch: Sarah Rock

Credit: Sarah Rock
Credit: Sarah Rock

BIM Brunch is the perfect accompaniment to your dinner break. Featuring some major players from the #GlobalBIMCrew, BIM Brunch is an interview feature where BIM specialists talk about their passion for Building Information Modelling.

Today’s interviewee is Sarah Rock, Associate at RPC. Before becoming a lawyer, Sarah spent nine years working in construction as a Senior Contracts Manager for an electrical contracting firm and later as a CAD Engineer running her own business. Sarah now practices contentious and non-contentious construction law in the Construction and Projects team at RPC. Her background in industry and in CAD in particular means she is ideally placed to advise clients on all legal BIM matters.

What is your favourite career related website/blog?

Twitter is fantastic for BIM information. I also enjoy Roll On Friday – a light hearted look at the law!

The top industry event you have recently been to is?

BIM Show Live 2015. It was fascinating this year to hear less from academic experts offering theoretical advice and more from clients with real life experiences to share.

Favourite Twitter handles to follow?

@OllyBIMT, @kathf48, @djhreed67, @leeroyb, and @CaseyRutland.

What is your all-time favourite building?

Tower Bridge. I am lucky enough to see this everyday and it never gets any less impressive.

What is your favourite project you have worked on?

When I was an electrical contractor I was lucky enough to be part of the team that redesigned the Leicester City training ground. As a lifelong Leicester fan this was a dream job and I understand the project team photo is still hanging in the indoor training facility.

What is the best thing about the team at RPC?

It is a real team, everyone looks out for and supports each other.

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

A £400 million new build of a research and development facility for a multinational pharmaceutical company. It was great experience to see the theory that I have been reciting at seminars and in articles actually in action. I learnt that BIM is great for encouraging collaboration but what makes it work is the attitude of the parties involved.

The most exciting possibilities Building Information Modelling can offer are?

A revolution in not only the design and construction of buildings but also throughout the building’s lifetime. BIM can simplify and add efficiency to the asset management side of our industry and that is where I see its greatest value.

What is your proudest career highlight?

Qualifying as a solicitor on the roll. Rather embarrassingly I wanted to be a lawyer when I was a kid so this was a special day for me.

What is the best part about your job?

Helping clients to solve often stressful issues and reach solutions that work for them commercially and legally. No transaction or dispute is ever the same so it keeps me on my toes!

Want to chat BIM with Sarah some more? Follow her on LinkedIn here, or on Twitter: @sarahrocklaw