Andrew Gamblen has joined 3D model viewing specialist Dalux as AEC specialist. He was digital platform solutions manager at Willmott Dixon’s Collida offshoot for two years. Before that, had a near-three-year stint as the contractor’s digital manager for the London and East region.
In his new role, Gamblen is working with Dalux’s central customer engagement team in Copenhagen, “to add value where I can in the business”, he told BIMplus. “That includes talking to prospective and existing clients and sharing my experience of implementation. I’ll also help to identify value in the product itself. It’s an incredibly wide-ranging role.”
He added: “I’ve always liked working collaboratively and sharing my knowledge. And post-pandemic I’ve been thinking about how I can help the industry digitise. The opportunity with Dalux is on a global scale: we’re operating in more than 25 countries.”
Asked what prompted the move from Willmott Dixon, Gamblen said: “I started off working as a subcontractor and while I was there, I worked for a structural engineering consultancy for a couple of years as well. I then moved to Willmott Dixon as a main contractor. So the last piece of the puzzle that I haven’t really worked on is the software side of things.
From start-up to scale-up
“I’ve always liked working collaboratively and sharing my knowledge, and post-pandemic I’ve been thinking about how I can help the industry digitise.”
“After seven years at Willmott Dixon, it was time to see what lies elsewhere in the industry. Dalux is moving from start-up mode to scale-up mode, so it’s an exciting time to join. When I first met them in late 2017, Dalux had 35 staff – now they’ve got more than 300.”
Gamblen highlighted how his experience at a contractor will help Dalux: “We know the industry is slowly shifting: it’s slowly getting more technologically advanced. But there’s still a lot of companies, particularly small and medium enterprises, that haven’t got the same time available and wealth of experience that the larger contractors have for implementing a new piece of software. So I can see myself adding a bit of value there, helping to make the implementation as smooth as possible.
“I also appreciate the timescales involved in dealing with major contractors. If you can show the value to the procurement and the finance teams first off [of your product], then it’s almost a given [that the contractor will take the product], but it still takes a long time to ensure all stakeholders are engaged and in agreement.”
Gamblen has maintained his ambassadorial role for nima.
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