#MeetBSD – featuring CAD/BIM manager Ellie Hayes

Next up in our #MeetBSD series is Ellie Hayes – who oversees all of our CAD (computer-aided design) and BIM (building information modelling) services at BSD. She’s based at our Kettering office and has worked with us for 17 years.

What do you do at BSD?

Here at BSD, I look after all things CAD and BIM. I carry out modelling works, attend co-ordination and model review meetings and ensure that the high standards we strive for are maintained. All BIM models have to reach the BIM execution plan requirements and so I make sure that we deliver data rich models across the board.

I also attend BIM kick-off meetings as well as co-ordination and model review meetings, which look at the progress of a design and what the next steps are.

Part of my job also includes recruiting and training new staff. Due to the complex nature of our work, new recruits have a rather intensive training schedule to undertake. It’s a really useful training programme and I know staff have found it incredibly helpful.

How did you decide to get into M&E consultancy side of the industry?

I started at BSD in an admin role, having just after finished sixth form aged 18. I had intended to work for the company as part of a gap year before going to university.

I loved working at BSD so much that I never left. I didn’t end up going to university as a full-time student, instead BSD supported me through my part-time studies whilst working for them full-time and I achieved a HNC in Building Services and a degree in Business Studies.

I managed to work my way up through the ranks at BSD, progressing through the CAD department to become the 2D manager for the business and then onto the role I am in now, BIM manager.

They couldn’t get rid of me!

What has been your greatest achievement so far? Personal or professional

That’s a tough question. I would say my greatest achievement so far was when I did a skydive. Sitting in the plane as it goes up is incredibly nerve wracking and peeking out of the window to see everybody on the ground looking like ants is when it really hits you that you’re about to fall 10,000 feet. It was so scary but so exhilarating.

What keeps you awake at night?

My work has completely taken over my life – I enjoy it so much and am often thinking about 3D modelling as I try and close my eyes. Whereas some may count sheep, I’m reviewing the day, thinking about the hurdles we’ve overcome.

If you could turn back the clock, what would you do differently?

If I had to turn back the clock I think I would have gone to university as a full-time student for just a few months to experience the university lifestyle. I don’t regret the choices that I made though, I am so happy with where I am now and really wouldn’t want to change it.

What has surprised you most about the property and construction industry?

The construction industry can be quite financially volatile and this really surprised me – it wasn’t something that was widely discussed when I first started out, although with the collapse of large construction firms, like Carillion, it’s certainly more public knowledge now.

What advice would you give your younger self?

Being an adult comes with a lot of responsibilities, so travel the world, spend time with friends, and eat what you want.

You’re only young once, so make the most of it.

What business outside of BSD do you admire the most and why?

I admire Apple because it has managed to capture the attention of so many people. They dominate the technology field and have such a strong market share with products that are forever increasing in quality.

What do you consider to be your kryptonite?

I’ve been working in BIM for such a long time now, I would say that my kryptonite is remembering how to operate in a 2D environment. They differ dramatically – and I much prefer working in BIM workflows.

If you missed last month’s #MeetBSD – catch up here.