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My Digital Life: Dave Peacock, TÜV SÜD

Taking his turn this week on My Digital Life is Dave Peacock, technical director of TÜV SÜD Building Advisory Service. He reinforces the importance of collaboration to accelerate digital adoption and reveals why he keeps a bag of device connectors with him.

What new built environment digital innovation that you’ve seen recently really excites you?

The continued rise of digital surveying methods is something I like to keep track of – whether it be a drone, tabletop scanner in a plant room, a handheld device, or a unit mounted on a vehicle. The quality of digital surveying scans is incredible, and new software and workflows have also greatly reduced processing times.

What single thing would help accelerate construction’s digital adoption?

Collaboration is the key driver to digital adoption. I have witnessed a lack of collaboration in the construction industry that is slowing the adoption of BIM and digital dramatically. I have noticed a difference within the housing sector though, where there is much closer collaboration, even when someone is seen as a competitor. This kind of approach will ease the adoption of the Building Safety Bill and golden thread initiative, as data will be key.

Who do you follow on social media about BIM and digital construction and why?

I follow many of the #UKBIMCrew on social media, people such as Graham H Stewart (@StewartGH1970), and Casey D Rutland (@CaseyRutland). These contacts have been at the forefront of BIM and wider digital adoption for many years and continue to lead the UK in that respect.

What was the last app you downloaded and why?

My kids and I have been enjoying Stellarium Star Map recently, viewing the planets and constellations. It’s been great with the recent clear skies.

What’s the tech bane of your life?

Don’t get me started with the lack of consistency of connectors/cables/ports across devices. I have to keep a bag of cables/connectors with me at all times to account for every eventuality.

Mac or PC/iOS or Android?

PC and Android: I’m a huge fan of Samsung phones and Microsoft Surface devices. I was previously an Apple addict.

Do you have any smart home features or other digital gadgets?

I have smart devices and wireless speakers throughout my home to control the radio, heating, lights etc. These gadgets have been a godsend during my time working from home for the last year.

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