BIM Brunch: Jill Guthrie

BIM Brunch - Jill Guthrie

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 interview is with Jill Guthrie, Information Manager at BIM.Technologies. Having worked on a number of large projects both in the UK and Australia, as well as boasting past practical construction experience, Jill has a varied number of interests across the construction sector, making her the perfect choice to engage in a BIM Brunch with.

What is your favourite career related website/blog?

BIMcrunch of course! But I also love Dezeen, I could lose hours reading it. I really like that it’s an all-round design focused website, whether it’s an interior, a product or a book – it’s brilliant.

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

I don’t really have a go to magazine I read each week or month; I normally just read specific articles online. One of my favourite books is ‘The Story of Architecture’ by Patrick Nuttgens, I find the evolution of architecture fascinating.

The top industry event you have recently been to is?

BIM Show Live last month, although it did take me about three weeks to recover! I’m also involved in the Constructing Excellence Manchester Club and we’re always really impressed with the wealth of knowledge the speakers share with us.

Favourite Twitter handles to follow?

I don’t have a favourite as such, but I do follow all the usual BIM suspects.

What is your all-time favourite building?

I think locally it would have to be the Grade II* London Road Fire Station in Manchester. The architecture is incredible; domes, classical figures, coat of arms, sculptures and artwork all on the external facade. Unfortunately, the building is on the ‘At Risk’ register and has been neglected for many years but has just been put up for sale again; hopefully it’ll be bought and restored back to its former glory.

What is your favourite project you have worked on?

One of the projects I enjoyed the most was a bridges competition in collaborative with an urban arts studio when I worked for a practice in Brisbane; the project location was Dongqian Lake District in China. I’ve mainly worked at technical design and construction stages so working on the early stages of a design competition was a treat!

What is the best thing about working for BIM.Technologies?

Most definitely the team. As well as huge amount of industry experience and knowledge, everyone is great fun.

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

I worked on a large mixed use scheme in Brisbane around 6 years ago which was my first real experience of collaborating with other disciplines within a BIM environment, although it wasn’t a true BIM project. I seen coordination benefits of this and that set me off down the BIM route.

The most exciting possibilities Building Information Modelling can offer are?

I’m really excited by the continually evolving technology we use and I think it’s much more attractive to younger people who might not have previously considered a career in the industry.

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

I was always interested in Architecture and design in general, then at college I got my first taste of construction and detailing and I knew immediately that’s what I wanted to do.

What is your proudest career highlight?

I’ve worked on so many projects that I’m proud to have been involved in but I’d have to say my proudest is achieving a first class degree at University and winning an award from the CIOB for Outstanding Performance in Architectural Technology.

What is the best part about your job?

The best part of my job would be working on so many varied types of projects. I also really enjoy working with the project teams as I learn so much from working with so many different people.

To keep up with Jill’s projects and interactions, follow her on Twitter here.

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