Glider appoints new strategic lead for asset management

Lucas Cusack, strategic lead for asset management at Glider
Lucas Cusack: Glider’s new strategic lead for asset management
Glider has appointed Lucas Cusack as strategic lead for asset management. In this new role at the tech firm, Cusack will support clients in the use and maintenance of building information.

Having started his digital construction career in Australia, Cusack moved to Londonand joined architectural practice Anshen + Allen. After nearly four years there as BIM manager, he joined Laing O’Rourke as lead digital engineer (BIM).

As part of the senior leadership team within the contractor’s digital engineering function, he managed the implementation and use of BIM on large-scale building projects during construction in the London and Oxford region. He managed a team of seven digital engineers, who supported 10 projects collectively worth more than £1bn.

After nearly four years at Laing O’Rourke, he joined Westfield as project BIM manager. In this role he oversaw the delivery of the client’s first BIM project. He later joined Willow Europe as director of project delivery, UK & Europe for four years.

Cusack said: “My time at a tier 1 contractor has shown me that all too often contractors are only able to deliver what they are asked to deliver. And all too often clients are afraid to provide additional instructions, as a project progresses, as they are afraid of what it will cost. Further, any data centres that exist are disconnected and there is little value to be gained.

“Understanding that when you invest in building information you are investing in an outcome, not a piece of software, is important. The information all typically exists, but the way in which it is managed is not efficient. As more smart systems are added to the process, it can get overly complicated with opportunities to create valuable information being lost.”

Impressed by Glider

Cusack first encountered Glider on the client-side: “While at Westfield, Glider presented to me. Their approach blew me away and I’ve followed the company with interest. I see the company as a best-practice example of how to collate, manage and hand over information.

“It’s with the handover that my new role comes into its own. Gilder has seen an opportunity to work with asset owners to provide ongoing help to maintain their information and ensure that the value of their asset benefits from accurate information. This includes how to interpret data, how to update following moves, changes and adaptations and how to manage risk in terms of uncertainty around expenditure.”

Stuart Bell, director of sales and marketing at Glider, added: “We are delighted to have Lucas on board. His expertise in BIM and whole lifecycle asset management made him the obvious choice for the role. He will be leading the Glider go-to-market strategy for property developers, property managers and major asset owners.”

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