Hello, my name is Stuart Tanfield, I hold the position of Technical Account Manager at Cadline. I have spent over 10 years in the AEC industry, with a background in Mechanical & Electrical services, I took the unusual path of originally studying Architecture at University. It was at University where I was first exposed to the digital drawing world, and at the time, it appeared to be a completely alien topic to me.
I spent the early part of my career getting to grips with AutoCAD and developing my skills within an M&E practice. This helped to provide a clear understanding of the software and how it can be practically applied to provide greater efficiencies. As I gained more experience I progressed to a more senior role in an M&E/ Architectural environment where I first discovered Revit, back in version 7.1.
Having previously spent 5 years at Cadline as a product specialist, Revit and BIM was an integral part of my day to day role. Taking that knowledge away with me, I joined an M&E design team to aid in the implementation of all things BIM. This provided me with a real insight and great depth of working knowledge around the BIM environment, not just the Revit side, but also areas such as data management.
I re-joined Cadline in November of 2014 and the knowledge I have gained has certainly helped to drive an efficient service around BIM strategies and provide clear guidance on the implementation and execution of the delivery of projects. Software and services are ever evolving and that is one of the best parts about my role, I get to see and work with these products every day, and there is clearly a defined path for the future. A path that will drive efficiencies and the ability to collaborate and improve performance within design teams and into the construction and management phases.
Although BIM has been around for some time now, I believe we really are, in the overall scheme of things, still at the beginning of exploiting its potential. There are still lots of standards to be finalised and methods to be established and the way we work will develop and evolve. Of course BIM may now be the normal approach for many, there are still exciting times ahead as we now look to further engage with this new technology, and exploit its full potential.