Kathryn Campbell

Senior Digital Consultant

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Kathryn is a Senior Digital Consultant on the BIM Academy team and specialises in Information Management according to ISO 19650, working closely with clients, Information Managers, and delivery teams across a range of projects across multiple sectors. Kathryn thrives on continuous improvement and standardisation, where her work always looks to improve the efficiency of process and practice. Her interests include sustainability and the value of digital adoption.

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

There is still huge disparity across the sector. Ranging from clients to contractors; knowledge, skills gaps and investment are key drivers to change, however these are not being addressed by the industry.

Using a plain language to empower and knowledge share, at all levels, starts to address some challenges.

Moreover, it is important that the information shared is correct, where there are still misconceptions and misinformation.

Ensuring skills gaps are addressed, although an industry wide problem, should not be for the privileged few that can afford to invest in their staff training and systems. Although there is some financial support available, an industry wide approach to support all tiers in the AEC sector, from client, designer to subcontractors and operators is key to having a consistent skill level and “levelling up”.

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

Artificial Intelligence (AI), Internet of Things (IoT), Robotics, Blockchain, Crypto and Internet 4.0 are some of the emerging tech to be discussed across all sectors. I do not believe that only one of these emergent techs will be the next big thing, as no one can exist without the other.

The power of AI to improve repetitive tasks, initially, would enable more free thinking and collaboration. With greater investigation and time, AI can lead to improved more robust analysis of design through automation, while starting to link to robotics for on-site installations.

What would people be surprised to know about you?

I was in a football movie.