John Flanagan's Blog
My name is John Flanagan currently working at CADline as an Applications Engineer. Originally from a teaching background specialising in Geography & Art/Design, I have always had a keen interest in Architecture and the Built Environment.
Since retiring from teaching (undefeated) I have obtained a HND in Building Studies and a BSc (Hons) in Architectural Technology. For my dissertation I examined the growing trend for eco homes by self builders in the UK. One hypothesis posed the question “why is current legislation in Britain regarding major house builders demanding standards that were the norm in Scandinavian countries over 50 years ago?” I believe that all BIM applications such as Revit Architecture, Revit Structure and Revit MEP have a crucial role to play in addressing such issues of sustainability.
My first position as an Architectural Technologist was in a small practice in Stockport called Rishworth Design where I used AutoCAD LT to produce working drawings for building adaptations. I also wrote specifications to accompany working drawings and tender packages.
Realising that BIM was the future I took up a position in a growing architectural practice called Pozzoni LLP in Altrincham where I worked for almost five years gaining a lot of experience in MicroStation and Revit Architecture 2010. Within the housing team, I supported Senior Architects and Project Managers on major projects by giving technical advice at design review meetings. Refit was an invaluable resource at such meetings especially when setting up projects.
My most rewarding experience of modelling in Revit was when I completed a presentation of a ‘flagship’ care home in Platt Bridge, Wigan for CLS Care Services. This was a 66 bedroom development and the model that I created in Revit was published in the CLS Care Services magazine announcing the opening date of the care home.