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Stefan is a multi-award winning chartered Architect, Consultant, Construction Project Manager and published author. Despite having a career as a club DJ cut short by a chronic lack of talent, he now works as part of AECOM’s i3 Global Lifecycle data science consultancy team specializing in Information Management, BIM Delivery and Data Science, helping clients solve complex problems.
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So thanks for dropping by and welcome to the site. I always intended to be an architect and went to Architecture school to become just that. After a period of time cutting my teeth in professional practice, I spent 6 years with the National Building Specification NBS gaining an understanding of information management and helping organisation implement best practice digital workflows.
I started to interact with organisations large and small, seeing how they assembled and accessed their information. Soon I was working on the National BIM Library and ended up writing the NBS standard for objects and object creation. It was during this time that I become a founding member of the CIC BIM 2050 group and started to become fascinated in future-gazing and the impact digital transformation is having on construction.
Today I work for i3 by AECOM, (Standing for Information, Integration and Intelligence) helping our clients move into the future by using advanced technologies like machine learning and artificial intelligence for insights that support better decisions, reduce risks and ultimately deliver greater value from their assets.
I am a (semi) retired Ironman with a bad taste in 1980’s pop music. A native southerner, now living in the North East of England, you can usually find me at weekends on the beach with my dog.
AECOM saw a real opportunity to uncork the power of their clients’ data and remove the burden of managing huge amounts of data across the lifecycle. It was from here that the consultancy i3 was born, as a response to a much-needed client demand.
We help clients manage, comprehend and interpret mountains of data to create intelligence at each stage of the design, build, finance and operate process, harnessing the power of data across a digitized asset life cycle.
We do this by working with you to turn your data from a liability into business intelligence using advanced analytics, virtual design and construction techniques, and custom dashboards.
Our data science approach makes use of advances in information management technology to create a holistic picture of our client’s data. These data driven insights result in sound decision making while reducing risk and saving time and money.
Links to i3 by AECOM website
A few of the people I have worked with
CIC BIM 2050 Group
I have been fortunate to have been invited to speak at many industry events across Europe and further afield including Atlanta, Las Vegas, Toronto, and Jordan, as well as host and judge industry awards.
Despite being dyslexic (I was only formally diagnosed at aged 21!) I like to write and share my thoughts and ideas. I tend to focus on Information Management, BIM , Health and Safety and future technologies and have contributed to a number of publications, magazine and journals including BIM Today, Project Magazine, Construction Manager, APS Digest, to name but a few.
I am co-author of a number of publications including ‘Building Information Modelling for Dummies’ (Wiley), part of the worlds bestselling reference series as well as the award winning ‘BIM for Construction Health and Safety (RIBA Publications).
I am the curator of the NBS Periodic Table of BIM. your at-a-glance guide to the steps you need to take to ensure a successful BIM implementation. Taking its inspiration from the periodic table of elements, the table presents all the main elements of BIM in an easy-to-follow, visual reference – ideal for printing or sharing.
What started out as a bit of fun resulted in NBS's most successful social media campaign to-date.
The table documents the stages necessary for closer collaboration (of process and people) by way of the technology, standards and enabling tools that will underpin your efforts. The original table, published by Russian chemist Dmitri Mendeleev in 1869, managed to organise 112 named elements (and acknowledge several unnamed ones) using strict rules and hierarchy. This version sticks to a few guiding principles but is a less rigid affair – broken down into nine groupings with a number of elements in each.
Too many people are killed and injured in our industry each year, despite the best efforts of all parties concerned. While many are utilizing BIM for efficiency gains and improved profit margins, perhaps fewer are considering health and safety. Even in times of economic downturn, construction is still one of the largest industry sectors. It is also one of the most dangerous and hazardous, and, despite the rate of injuries over the last 20 years being significantly reduced, construction remains a high-risk industry in which to work.
I continue to work in this area and have been privileged to have won awards from the Leeds Beckett University, CIOB, Constructing Excellence and Generation for Change for my contribution to the construction industry. I continue to help shape the future of our industry by being involved in the development of a number of BIM standards, as well a representing a number of industry and technical standard committees including the Architects Council of Europe BIM Working Group and CIOB Digital Technologies group.
I may be far from a highly tuned athlete, however I can lay claim to bragging rights as an Ironman, having successfully completed two 70.3’s and a full 140. That’s 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride followed by a 26.2 marathon and a couple of blisters.
*Update* I have currently ditched the pies and the booze and am in training for the 2020 lanzarote Ironman.
“You can quit if you want, and no one will care. But you will know the rest of your life.”
- John Collins (Founder of The Ironman).