Building Information Management (BIM)

I first began using computer aided (CAD) design software in 2001 to virtually construct and coordinate architectural projects while at university and then further develop my construction modelling and Building Information Management (BIM) skills and experience testing a range of 2D and 3D CAD software. I am now proficient in using the most recent release of Autodesk Revit Architecture and Autodesk AutoCad. Autodesk is the market leader in construction industry software today. 


My BIM experience began as a result of the last recession in 2008 when I left Northern Ireland every weekend to work on the Bicester Town Centre redevelopment project and Egham Town Centre redevelopment projects for Lyons Sleeman Hoare architects based in Hampshire. The Bicester Town Centre and Egham town centre redevelopment projects were my introduction to working within multi-disciplinary teams which became crucial to my development as an architect. This experience was invaluable as it enabled me to learn from the range of experience of my team members. My career progressed to ADP LLP in Birmingham where I was the project architect and lead BIM coordinator on the Shireland Collegiate Academy project following a Design & Build procurement path with Interserve Construction. I really enjoyed the project architect role and leading a team with the support and encouragement of the associates and directors within the company.


As the construction industry and the prospects for Architects was on the increase in Northern Ireland I returned to Dungannon in 2014 as project architect on two Design & Build Hotel projects with White Ink Architects based in Belfast where I continued to build upon my previous Design & Build experience and my interest in BIM as a career path evolved further. I subsequently achieved a position as project architect and BIM Lead with AECOM who are a global multi-disciplinary architecture, engineering and construction company with offices also located in Belfast.


AECOM enabled me to gain valuable experience within the Health Care sector in both non-clinical support infrastructure buildings & experience in the complexities of critical health care design working within multi-disciplinary design teams with a dedicated BIM ethos. As I progressed to Senior Project Architect within the team I also gained a lot of experience in leading, training and supporting the management and coordination of multi-million pound developments, specifically the recently completed Non Clinical Support Building and the New Belfast Hospital for Sick Children at the Belfast Royal Victoria Hospital.

As a self employed architect I continue to develop my BIM experience on all practice projects throughout all stages of the design process from the first concept design sketch through to coordination of Structural, Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing building elements to reach practical completion. I continue to integrate my Building Information Management knowledge and experience with Passive House Design principles to deliver creative and affordable design solutions for my clients.