BIM Brunch: Leif Granholm

Credit: Geospatial Media
Credit: Geospatial Media

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

Sitting down for some BIM Brunch today is Leif Granholm, Senior Vice President of Tekla, Chairman of buildingSMART‘s Technical Room and member of the Open Geospatial Consortium‘s Planning Committee. The Finnish professional gives his opinion on which nations are ahead of the pack regarding BIM, and he also discusses his current position, a role he describes as his “dream job”.

What is your favourite career related website/blog?

LinkedIn. (Connect with Leif here)

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

Not really, yet I follow news related to several sources such as LinkedIn groups, OGC and buildingSMART.

The top industry event you have been to recently is?

OGC Technical meetings in Boulder.

Favourite Twitter handles to follow?

@bimacademy, @BIMcrunch, @geospatialnews.

What is your personal favourite project that Tekla have worked on?

Shanghai World Financial Center.

What is the best thing about the team at Tekla?


How important is it that GIS and BIM professionals work together on projects? Do you think it is being done enough?

Very important, this is my main interest area at the moment. No it is not done enough now.

The most exciting possibilities Building Information Modelling can offer are?

Better productivity. Better buildings, cheaper and faster.

Which countries do you feel are leading the way in relation to BIM adoption?

Finland, Norway, Singapore, UK, The Netherlands and the US.

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

Family heritage, and also chance. I majored in mechanical engineering, but got drawn into AEC directly after my studies and was employed by Tekla in 1979.

What is your proudest career highlight?

Being part of creating and introducing BCF to the marketplace.

What is the best part about your job?

I get to do things I really believe in. I strongly believe transition from human readable documents to machine (software) usable data is starting to happen in the AEC industry, and using open standards is necessary for this. My job now is to promote and advocate the use of open standards and participate in developing them. This is a dream job for me.

Follow Leif’s travels and commitments via his Twitter account – @LeifGranholm.

RELATED: BIMcrunch Editorial: Global BIM expertise lights up Lisbon at GeoBIM 2015