A: I believe the mechanical discipline will rely more heavily on technology to aid us in completing some calculations and design tasks, allowing engineers to focus further on how the systems will operate and be controlled. This evolution in technology will require us to change some of our current workflows and will shift us towards greater use of BIM in our design.
Q: If you weren’t an engineer, what career might you be in?
A: I would have been either an accountant or an attorney, which somedays I feel like I am both of those along with being an engineer.
What has gotten you really excited to see recently?
I was at the ASHRAE Winter Conference and one thing at the show which piqued my interest was the discussion about how we can better use BIM in our design efforts. Obviously, Revit is a great drafting tool, but we need to continue to push the envelope on the information we are providing in our models. This is as simple as continuing to develop strategies to use BIM to aid in coordination, create schedules, and complete calculations for us. We also need to look at ways we can use BIM in the design process to reduce our time spent during construction administration answering avoidable questions from the field.