Dean Douglas

Researcher

Dean Douglas
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Dean has been a Researcher with BIM Academy since October 2019; in his role he is responsible for developing a guided framework and accompanying toolset that will enable Infrastructure Asset Management to adopt Construction 4.0 technologies and workflows. Doing so will enable BIM Academy to advise on the transformation of the industry into digitally-enabled asset management and the development of holistic infrastructure networks.

How would you summarise your current role?

In my role as a Researcher at BIM Academy, I am currently developing a guided framework and accompanying toolset that will enable Infrastructure Asset Management to adopt construction 4.0 technologies and workflows. Doing so will transition the industry into digitally-enabled asset management and the development of holistic infrastructure networks.

What’s going to be the next big thing for the digital built environment?

The Gemini Principles and the development of a national digital twin has the potential to revolutionise the way in which we design our urban environment, and the way in which we provide social and economic infrastructure. It would allow for the simulation of new provision assets and the ability to test innovative ways of utilising our existing infrastructure.

What is the best book you’ve ever read?

My favourite book would have to be Douglas Adams’ Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy. While studying, it came as a welcome escape from university assignments and reading, with its surreal adventures and the absurd personalities of the characters.

What advice would you give to your 20-year-old self?

I would tell 20-year-old me that having a plan for the future is great, but it doesn’t have to be so meticulous and you don’t need to be worried when you stray from it. Instead, just set yourself a series of short-term and long-term goals that steer you in the direction you think you want to go and don’t worry if they have to be altered.

What would people be surprised to know about you?

I used to work for a charity for deaf and blind people as the young people’s project activities coordinator where I would organise events for young people with sensory loss that would encourage them to socialise with people their own age. In addition to this, I would also run specially adapted activities for people with sensory loss that would otherwise be impossible.