Marcos Gabriel Cardenas Pantoja


Marcos Gabriel Cardenas Pantoja
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Marcos studied architecture at Ricardo Palma University in Peru, graduating in 2017 and is currently completing his MSc Construction Project Management with BIM studies at Northumbria University.

With experience in residential, educational and sports building projects, especially on sports stadiums, Marcos has delivered on design and BIM coordination for projects in both South America and the UK.

In his role as Technologist at BIM Academy, Marcos focuses on asset and information management in support of client projects.

How would you summarise your new role at BIM Academy?

My role as a Technologist involves the responsibility of assisting in the development of Digital Construction projects. My activities are related to clash detection evaluations, COBie data auditing and information management processes.

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

The most complex challenges are related to the low progress of BIM implementation in different countries worldwide. For some it may seems inaccessible, particularly for small and medium-sized companies in their first step of BIM implementation, because of the fragmentation and heterogeneity in current digital practises. However, this situation can be overcome by optimising current practices and tools to make processes easier to understand and translate the real needs of using BIM approaches to clients.

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

Although the construction industry has already started a transformation process, the process could accelerate by focusing on the digital technology field; the construction industry should learn to be more flexible and adapt better to constantly changing. As with any technological equipment, users are accustomed to a new version with better quality being presented yearly. That feature allows it to continue improving without limit. Looking at the banking sector for example, the construction Industry should develop the capacity to centralise all the information in an accessible and secure way that allows all levels of participants to access the most updated information.

What inspires you?

Technology and Art. While growing up, I have seen how technology has been changing my life and my family’s life, and it still is. For that reason, I am confident in the potential of this and new generations, native technologists, to adopt the technology in their activities and drive them to a new step. On the other hand, the impact of technology in people’s life has forced them to learn things from the basics and be creative in adapting to them; the best way to do it is with art, as the successful case of smartphones and their friendly digital platforms. Art and technology are an infinite source of innovative ideas that can bring solutions to current issues and embrace new technology in the construction sector.

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

After the last announcements in the COP26 conference developed last year, digital construction’s next big target would be the beginning of its journey to reduce the high percentage of pollution the industry is adding to the natural environment. One of the targets is to expand the use of new construction materials like net-zero steel and rescue pre-industrialisation construction systems and materials.