Jade Booth, a Digital Construction Apprentice working on our Heatherwood Hospital project in Ascot, Berkshire talks here about her role and her route into the industry.

I joined Kier in March 2018 after applying for my role through the Government’s GetMyFirstJob website.

I was really excited to start but had no idea what Building Information Modelling (BIM) was before I got this job.

At my assessment day I met different BIM Managers from around Kier who explained what BIM is and how it works. I found this really interesting as I studied product design and graphics at school, so knew this was an area that I could get into.

BIM allows us to make 3D models of our projects which means everyone involved in the project can see what the building will look like in real time.

During my first few months in the job, I shadowed my manager and learnt as much as I could whilst supporting a number of different primary school projects.

Since February, I’ve been working at Heatherwood Hospital, a £98m project to build an 11,500m2 state of the art hospital.

We use 3D models during client meetings and the feedback on this is amazing. Heatherwood is a huge hospital with lots of different access routes for staff and patients. Using BIM as a visual tool helps clients to make decisions on every aspect of the project as they can see exactly how it will look.

There are also lots of opportunities to use BIM at the hospital throughout its whole lifecycle and this going to be really exciting as BIM can provide real long-term value for the ongoing maintenance of the building and clinical commissioning.

I love my job, every day on site is different, one day I might be doing a Virtual Reality (VR) session for the client or using the 360 degree camera to capture site progress, the next I might be presenting to a group of people about my apprenticeship and experiences.  

This opportunity has taught me so much and I can’t wait for the next stage of my career as I continue to learn more about the use of BIM and apply it in more and more projects.

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