by BIM Academy | July 20, 2020 | 3 min read
BIM Academy is excited to welcome Andrew Johnson as our newest team member. He joins us as Project Manager, bringing his wide and varied expertise to the table to implement projects, alongside designing and developing digital transformation programmes for industry clients.
Andrew joined the Corps of Royal Engineers when he was 18, and after training as a Plant Operator Mechanic working on construction equipment, he then began to train as a civil engineer within the Armed Forces – working on roads, airfields, drainage, and other infrastructure. He gained a huge amount of experience and insight, working across Kenya, Bosnia, Canada, Germany, Poland, Kosovo, and Afghanistan – and eventually making Sergeant Major Instructor (SMI), assigned to train new Military Plant Foremen (MPF) in civil engineering. Andrew worked in Oman for three years as the civil engineering advisor for the 800km border road project, where he learned Gulf Arabic.
He has since moved into the digital transformation space – presenting at events such as BIM Show Live on the cultural impact of implementing BIM – as well as what the barriers are to implementation across the globe. Combining hands-on experience, academic qualifications and self-taught expertise in digital transformation and cultural change management, Andrew will be an enormous asset to BIM Academy and our clients.
With such a strong background in Project Management across numerous organisations and different cultures, we at BIM Academy cannot wait to see what Andrew brings to his new role. Having recognised his industry experience, academic achievements, and passion for digital construction, we could not be more excited about what the future holds.
Andrew also brings teachable experience to BIM Academy, having taught on behalf of Greenwich University from Foundation to Level 5 courses, seeing students from conception and design to end product, and designing bespoke training programmes to make courses more efficient and in-keeping with modern construction industry practices.
He said: “In my first few days at BIM Academy, the whole team has already shown a keen interest in my expertise and approach to training development, focusing on people skills. People are the most important part of any transformation and people are the biggest asset on a project. Understanding each person’s strengths and motivators helps to build a great team. Without that buy-in – there is no transformation!”
“I’m extremely excited to be working with BIM Academy! Tech is something that has always been a part of my life. I am geeky – tech has always been my hobby. So, for it to be my job is such a thrill. I’m looking forward to working on projects with tech as tools and even more so about the potential experience and lessons I can learn from the BIM Academy team, too!”
Peter Barker, Managing Director added: “We are thrilled to have Andrew on board. We have always prided ourselves on the diversity of our team, blending practical industry experience with academic research rigour and as we move further into serving clients in wider infrastructure sectors, Andrew’s skillset will be invaluable.”
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