BIM highlighted in The Seattle Times

Credit: Skanska
Credit: Skanska

However major or minor, it is always terrific to see Building Information Modelling promoted in national and international news outlets not specific to architecture, engineering and construction.

BIM was spotlit by US publication The Seattle Times as part of their Cool Jobs feature. Mark King, a Virtual Design and Construction Manager at Skanska was interviewed by the newspaper who were looking to learn more about Mark’s position and what he enjoys most.

“When Building Information Modeling (BIM) became prominent around 2005, I was one of the early adopters in the Seattle area, and eventually taught BIM classes for the Association of General Contractors and at South Puget Sound Community College,” explained King, before discussing the best parts of his work.

“The absolute best part of my job is assisting Skanska project personnel to mitigate risk on their projects by utilizing VDC processes, and create positive outcomes that save the project time and money. This might include using 3D to model a complicated area of the building, coordinating the building systems virtually to ensure there are no conflicts, or developing a 4D model that combines the 3D model and the project schedule, and shows the construction of the building in the computer.”

The rapid increase in utilisation of innovative technologies on construction projects is another highlight for King, who believe Skanska are at the forefront of some exciting developments:

“My second favorite thing about my job is the opportunity for innovation. BIM is evolving very rapidly as new software and processes are developed. Some of the things Skanska is pioneering include the use of drones, virtual reality, laser scanning and leveraging gaming technology to easily navigate models.”

Late last year, Skanska showcased some of that innovation in Washington state. The firm teamed with the University of Washington to create a BIM certificate programme.

Read the entire interview with Mark King here.

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