Meet Michael Coffey Architect and BIM Support Specialist from NYC, USA

Meet Michael Coffey Architect and BIM Support Specialist from NYC, USA
Hello everybody, this is our 3rd weekly interview "Member of the week" ! I've the BIG pleasure to talk with our (BIM) friend Michael Coffey from New York City, USA, as mentioned in the title he is an architect and BIM support specialist, he joined us some months ago early in November 2015.

As usual, we will discover his career, how he discovered BIM, what solutions he is using, its projects, his daily missions, the state of BIM and its maturity in USA and more ! So lets go !

Hello Michael, can you tell us how did you started your career and discovered BIM ?

I'm a licensed architect in the state of New York, LEED accredited, a Construction Documents Technologist, and a Revit Architecture 2011 Certified Associate. I've worked at Gensler Architects for the past 5 years.

I discovered Revit (and BIM) around 2007 when my former boss had seen a demonstration of Revit and thought I should download it and try it out.

I am very interested in learning software and figuring out how to use it to make working more efficient and enjoyable. I'm currently learning the Revit API in C# and implementing tools for my employer. Writing code for Revit has become a passion of mine !

What are your actual projects and missions ?

I'm currently working on a 1.4 million square feet (130,000 sq meters) interiors project for a multimedia company in New York City as a temporary assignment. I'm in the office's Digital Design group which supports, implements, and trains in BIM processes plus other aspects of digital design. For the Digital Design group I specialize in writing tools and macros for Revit using the Revit API.

What solutions are you using ?

Gensler's primary BIM software is Autodesk Revit ! My specialities are : Revit Architecture, (teaching myself Revit MEP and Navisworks), AutoCAD, SketchUp, Photoshop, Construction Documentation, Construction Administration, building codes, quality management.

What about BIM in the USA ?

The usage of BIM in the United States is accelerating and is used by offices large and small. It depends a lot on the type of work an office does and the leaders in that office of whether they want to embrace this technological revolution in architecture.

On the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing side it has been slower to be adopted, although most large engineering firms will work in Revit as an add-on service. The downside is that they tend to not work early enough to make the process as beneficial as it can be.

You're a real BIM-Geek Michael ! Any hobbies ?

As far as hobbies, I've gotten very interested in programming and I'm extending my knowledge to iOS apps. I'm also trying to learn Spanish !


You joined the BIM friends community some months ago, what do you think about it ?

The BIMfriends community seems like a great place to learn from each other although I've been a bit busy to fully look through the site but I am hoping to shortly. I'll be checking in on the Revit API forum to see if I can give guidance there as well.

Thank you Michael for taking the time to answer our questions, it was a real pleasure to talk with you and discover how are "BIMing" from the USA :)

Do not hesitate to share with the community your future projects and Revit discoveries!

Michael Coffey

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