UKBIMA – South East

The South East Region was launched in 2012. Geographically the area covers the South East up to Oxford, down to the south coast as far as Southampton, across to include Kent, but excludes London within the M25.

We set up a number of local groups that include Thames Valley, Oxford, South, Sussex and Kent. Their details are on adjacent pages on this site. We hold central meetings occasionally in London, and are currently working with the London Region on a series at the University of Westminster.

Meetings we’ve held over the last few years include a course by Mervyn Richards CBE, author of PAS 1192, various presentations by members of the BIM Task Group and software vendors.

Our BIM Champs are

Chloe Obi

Chloe Obi is the Head of BIM within Bouygues UK. She is a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and has been working within the construction industry for 12 years. Chloe is responsible for the consolidation, expansion and deployment of BIM within all Bouygues UK offices.

Chloe Obi is the Head of BIM within Bouygues UK. She is a member of the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and has been working within the construction industry for 12 years. Chloe is responsible for the consolidation, expansion and deployment of BIM within all Bouygues UK offices.

Sarah Rock

Sarah is an associate in the Construction and Engineering team at Herbert Smith Freehills practicing transactional construction law. She advises clients in relation to various construction matters and specialises in advice relating to digital construction and BIM.

Sarah’s knowledge of BIM has seen her present and be published on the topic and is a named contributor to the Chartered Institute Of Building’s Complex Projects Contract, having assisted with the drafting of the clauses relating to BIM. Prior to entering the law, Sarah worked in industry as an electrical contractor and ran her own CAD engineering business.

Maria Protasova

Maria graduated in Industrial and Civil engineering (postgraduate diploma) from Moscow State University of Civil Engineering. She has over six years experience in project management, planning, modelling and VDC with both AEC and EPC companies. Maria has worked on underground rail, infrastructure development,  heavy industry, hotels, stadiums, mixed use, residential and commercial projects in the United Kingdom, Dubai, Russia, Central Asia and India.

As a 4D BIM Specialist at Synchro Software, Maria has been working on the projects of Synchro clients as well as on implementation of the Synchro package into their overall BIM and VDC workflows.  Maria also conducts training sessions in Digital Project management.

Simon Moyes

Based in London, Simon Moyes has recently returned from Australia where he was working to deliver BIM processes and solutions to the Australian construction industry. With extensive experience in ICT and Operations in the built environment, Simon has been striving to help improve efficiency in data flow through the use of 3D modelling, collaboration and improved user experiences.

Today, with more than 15 years’ experience in the ICT industry Simon is recognised as a pioneer and an advocate of BIM for the entire lifecycle of an asset.
Since joining the Clearbox team. Simon has has been heavily focused on product development. Providing user experience solutions for new products and product extensions while working closely with clients to design solutions for major projects.
Speaking engagements include:
2013 Master of Ceremonies – VANZI Technical Solutions (Virtual Australia New Zealand Initative)
2012 Speaker – “Progressing from Design BIM through to Asset Management” – BuildingSmart – ADL BNE MLB SYD
2012 Delivered “BIM in FM” – Teritiary Education Management Conference – ADL

2011 Delivered “Bringing BIM to the Site” – Revit Technology Conference – SYD

Sonia Zahiroddiny

Sonia is currently BIM Strategy Manager at HS2.

“As a teenager I looked up to the likes of Larry Page, Marissa Mayer and Ray Kurzweil and hoped one day I could grow in the business world and apply artificial intelligence and computer sciences to everyday business to make it more effective.

Today, I apply my theoretical grounding in Computer and Information Sciences and practical knowledge in Building Information Modelling and Research and Data Analysis in the Rail and Construction Industry. I am passionate about Data and Information Management efficiency and determined to improve the Rail and Construction industry processes through digitisation, standardisation, collaboration and better use of technology.”

Sarah McKinnell

Sarah is the BIM Manager at Willmott Dixon Construction Cobham, responsible for defining the BIM implementation strategy in the South-East region. She is currently leading the integrated delivery of BIM in the business, across the public and private sectors, including education, higher education, leisure, healthcare and commercial projects.

Having spent nearly 10 years working for main contractors, Sarah’s background in architectural design and design management, has driven her focus on the practical application of BIM tools and methodology in all aspects of design from feasibility though to handover. With experience of successfully delivering technological driven change initiatives within organisations, Sarah has been working closely with customers and the supply chain to facilitate and progress the BIM adoption journey.

Sarah believes that education, pragmatic utilisation, knowledge sharing and the collaboration of different viewpoints is the key to BIM being successfully embraced in the UK.

Fred Mills

Fred Mills is Co-Founder of The B1M, the leading video resource for building information modelling. He is passionate about BIM and believes it can play a significant role in changing the construction industry for the better.

Mindful of need for mass uptake, he established The B1M to inspire a widespread adoption with engaging video content. The channel now has over 23,000 social media followers watching in 144 countries across six continents. They are ranked Number 1 in the global list of Top 500 BIM influencers and co-hosted an event with YouTube at Google’s London headquarters in 2016. The B1M release new videos every Wednesday at 12 noon GMT

Brian Alborough

Brian Alborough is a director of Geraghty Taylor Architects.  He leads the delivery of projects  In this role, he is responsible for developing optimal solutions to the technological and construction challenges of projects. His broad experience and excellent people skills allow him to work effectively in client design development and construction phases of each project. His experience in environmental design broadened the depth with which the practise can engage on environmental matters and technology. Brian values and fosters strong team relationships and is responsible for ongoing development of the practice’s ‘design for intelligent construction’ ethos including off site construction and BIM working methodology.

John Eynon

John Eynon is a journeyman architect, design manager, writer and blogger, having qualified as an Architect in 1981, and has worked in the public and private sectors in architectural practice, main contracting and consulting. For the last 20 years John has been involved in design management and pre–construction process for major contractors, with responsibility for design management teams and also providing functional support and design leadership at all stages of the design and construction process. He now provides work winning, strategy and process, BIM, design management and training services through his company Open Water Consulting Ltd.

John is a CIOB Ambassador4BIM and represents the CIOB on a number of industry BIM groups such as the CIC BIM Forum, CPIc and BSI B555. He is also joint chair of the BIM Regions South East. John is a BRE BIM Accredited Professional, and has trained as a DQI facilitator.

He is author of The Design Manager’s Handbook, published by Wiley Blackwell, 2013, the #UKBIM2 Guide, 2015 and the Construction Manager’s BIM Handbook, 2016. He is now researching a PhD on the impact of BIM and Design Management, at Leeds Beckett University.

He lives on the south coast with his wife Anne Marie, a menagerie of pets and three children.