Graham Coulby

Computer Scientist

Graham Coulby
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Graham joined BIM Academy in 2015 and is responsible for exploring ways to apply computer science to optimise a clients’ business and deliver enhanced productivity and design excellence. Graham is particularly focused on data management and the optimisation of business processes through digital solutions. He has a keen interest in applying his expertise in computer and data science to the construction industry. He studied applied computing at Northumbria University, and became a research assistant at the University after graduation. It was this post that led Graham into the world of BIM where he utilised his computing skills in a multidisciplinary team to solve problems within the built environment sector.

How would you summarise your current role?

I am a doctoral student researching new, personalised approaches for measuring indoor environmental quality in future building projects, with a focus on health and wellbeing. My work involves using passive environmental sensors and wearable devices.

What do you believe are the current challenges in our industry and how can we overcome them?

I feel data management is one of the biggest challenges the industry faces. The industry is generating, collecting and storing vast amounts of data all the time. However, siloed information, duplicated data and the use of static files on local storage is prohibiting its uses. There is a need for better data management and cloud-based solutions to collect, store, manage and analyse data.

What added value do you bring to your projects?

I have many hobbies, interests and professional skills including research, computer science, data science, BIM, graphic design, electronics and music production. I love learning new things and feel that the diversity of my skill set allows me to add a unique perspective on the projects that I am involved in.

What is the best book you’ve ever read?

1984 by George Orwell

What would people be surprised to know about you?

I spent nearly five years in remote villages across the North-Western region of Republic of Georgia, teaching English to children aged 4-18. This initially started out as a six-month contract, but I quickly fell in love with the place and decided to extend my stay. It was there I met my wife, and the whole experience became a life changing event.

What do you think our industry could learn from other sectors?

The Industry is considered to be laggards when it comes to the adoption of digital technologies and computer science. However, the industry is also amassing a vast quantity of data on buildings and cities and with more data analysts, the industry has the potential of rapidly becoming a technological leader.