Our BIM Fireside Chat features expert contributions from:
Melanie Dawson – BIM Director – Origin 7
Melanie brings a wealth of practical hands on BIM & Digital Construction knowledge from an extensive and varied construction career over the past 15+ years. She has held a variety of challenging leadership roles over her career to date including strategic management, Head of BIM, Director of Digital Construction through to owning her own BIM & Digital Construction Consultancy company Origin7 Ltd.
She is the founding member and Chair of the NI BIM regions group (now part of the UK BIM Alliance) since its inception. Melanie led the first team in the UK to become dual BSi BIM Kitemark holders and was made a Fellow of the ICE in 2018. She has established a number of BIM training Academies which lead clients, colleagues and supply chain through the use of BIM and digital tools including ensuring the return on those investments. She is currently enjoying working on the client side after many years in the design or contractor teams. She enjoys variety, challenge and the ever advancing BIM & Digital Construction landscape, but most of all making a difference and continually raising the standards as a dynamic leader and bringing others on that journey too.
Rob Hine – Head of Commercial Partnerships – BSI
Rob has over 30 years of experience with BSI helping clients to embed organizational resilience and meet requirements for their intended markets around the globe. In his current role, Rob supports the development of partnerships with key strategic organizations to drive awareness of industry issues. Working collaboratively with our clients, Rob’s team help to educate specifiers and procurement professionals on the value of third-party certification such as the BSI Kitemark.
Rob was instrumental in developing the BIM Software Kitemark following conversations with software providers and their clients at events such as Digital Construction Week and BIM Show Live. It became apparent that there was a need for clarity around the functionality of digital information management and alignment to the international BIM standards. Rob organized workshops to review and shape a possible solution with industry stakeholders prior to the launch of the pilot scheme.
Tom Boland – Head of Digitisation – Zutec
Tom Boland is the Head of Digital Construction and joined Zutec in 2001. He is an experienced building technology engineer and previously held operational roles with several Engineering consultancies in London and a world-leading building control system manufacturer. As an experienced commissioning and completions specialist Tom has lead project commissioning, training, building certification, operational readiness and handover teams at the US$2.3 billion passenger terminal expansion for the Bechtel Corporation at Muscat International Airport in Oman, and a similar role at the US$5 billion passenger terminal expansion for the Taisei Corporation at Doha International Airport in Qatar.
Tom holds a Polytechnic Diploma in Environmental Engineering from the University of the South Bank, London.