Murillo Piazzi

Digital Consultant

Murillo Piazzi
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Murillo is a trained architect with a specialism in BIM and joined the BIM Academy team in July 2021 as a Technologist, responsible for managing and maintaining all of the data, functions, components, procedures and maintenance protocols in a digital format for each of his projects.

Since graduating in 2016 from the Universidade de São Paulo in Brazil and his subsequent Master’s degree at Northumbria University, Murillo has been focusing on the implementation and enhancement of BIM standards and BIM workflows in architect, engineering and construction (AEC).

Murillo’s aim is to link academia and industry, sharing his knowledge with others in AEC, and creating consistent data to add value to projects.

How would you summarise your current role?

Due to advances in technology, people have started to notice that not only buildings as finished products have value, but all the information that is used to build them also carries value in itself. In the same way that a contractor is responsible for supervising the build in a construction site,  my role is to make sure that the ‘digital buildings’ built on computers with data are built according to standards and best practices.

What inspires you?

The constant strive for efficiency really inspires me. A few weeks ago I went to the York Railway Museum and I was fascinated by the ingenuity of the first group of engineers who did so much with so little. I was also inspired by how knowledge was systematically expanded by generations of dedicated people who worked collaboratively, putting us on track to developing the high speed trains we have today.

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

In my opinion, adversarial behaviour is the biggest challenge we face in our industry today. Fortunately, people are starting to realise that work is done faster and better if they work collaboratively. BIM can be also part of the solution as it provides the tools and the medium for this collaborative work to happen.

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

I believe that the integration between real-time data collected by sensors and digital models is already improving rapidly, and is possibly a game changer in the digital built environment. Soon we will be able to see ‘live’ models that report more precise data and can even communicate if there is anything wrong with the asset.

What would people be surprised to know about you?

I think people would be surprised to know that for many years I had a double life. During working hours I was an architect. At 5am and then later in the evening I was a competitive rower. These days are now gone, but the rowing-crew mentality (teamwork, dedication, endurance) will remain with me.