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Principal Digital Designer

Job Profile

The Mott MacDonald Group is a dynamic and innovative management, engineering and development consultancy working on landmark projects worldwide. Wholly independent and employee owned, we have staff worldwide working in all sectors including transport, energy, buildings, water and the environment, health and education, industry and communications.

We are an equal opportunity employer and value diversity at our company. We do not discriminate, and take positive steps to create an inclusive culture.

Job Description

The successful candidate will develop and lead the structural modelling team for Mott MacDonald in New Zealand.

We describe the team as a modelling team and not a ‘Revit’ team or a ‘BIM’ team. This is because although Revit is one of the primary modelling tools the team will use many others. BIM is also a process of design that the team employs and promotes, but the team is also involved in the development of the digital engineering workflow, advanced geometry, parametric processes and imagery.

Successful candidate will lead, train and inspire the team. They will also represent the business; engage with architects and other key collaborators; promote our standing in the industry; and connect with other discipline leaders from across the Group; They will not only be taking a lead role on assigned projects, but they will be taking a reviewing and mentoring role of other technicians and their projects. They will also be involved in the development of effective internal processes and marketing information. They will also represent the team within the company and in the industry.

Management, Strategy & Planning:
  • Provide leadership and direction on the subject of Digital Engineering, coordinating the implementation and ongoing development (technology, policy, process and people) across the organisation.
  • Lead, train and inspire the structural modelling team to develop their capability in digital engineering.
  • Represent the organisation externally with an involvement in business development and marketing.
  • Provide continuous assessments of evolving Digital Engineering capability against current trends in the industry and local market to ensure the objectives of the business are aligned with the aspiration of prospective clients.
General Responsibilities:
  • Assume the lead modelling technician role on assigned projects and as a designated Client contact regarding BIM on projects
  • Participate in Project PIM set-up, assisting Structural BIM Manager in the creation of the BIM Execution Plan.
  • Manage project implementation (Technology, Policy, Process and People) and overseeing all BIM related activities relating to the Project.
  • Direct and Supervise other technician / draughtsman activities as required
  • Ensure company and/or project specific standards are adhered too and standard methods and procedures are followed.
  • Responsible for checking the quality and accuracy of own and others’ work
  • Represents the team/group/profession/discipline at external meetings
Discipline Responsibilities:
  • Continuously monitor and update BIM Execution Plan when necessary.
  • Ensure BIM Execution plan and Project standards are adhered to by project team.
  • Use appropriate software applications to create and modify design models for buildings, structures and engineered elements including but not limited to: AutoCAD, Revit, Dynamo, Rhino, Grasshopper, SketchUP, 3D Studio Max and Navisworks.
  • Supervise the development of the PIM throughout the duration of the project.
  • Be able to read and understand Architectural drawings and produce Structural models, drawings and details under the guidance of a Structural Engineer
  • Be able to model, draw and detail structural elements and create custom families where necessary, producing drawings, schedules and visualisations from 3D models for use in technical reports, presentations and marketing material
  • Use parametric procedures to generate adaptive model geometry in collaboration with other designers.
  • Collaborate with other disciplines and perform clash analysis to ensure the ongoing coordination of the Structural models throughout the project
  • Manage QA/QC review process to ensure that all models comply with Company/Project QA/QC requirements.
  • Maintain Project specific library of families and develop new families as required along with other Project specific content.
  • Handle contract administration, document issues and document management


Candidate Specification

What we like to see in candidates:
  • A desire to delight
  • Self-motivation, a willingness to learn, adapt and excel
  • A quality portfolio of work that the candidates are proud to describe. A real understanding of the ‘story’ of these projects and how they added value
  • Varied building engineering project experience using multiple materials
  • Appropriately confident in their modelling ability such that they are comfortable mentoring others
  • Understanding of PAS 1192 and other associated documents
  • Industry relevant Bachelor’s degree or equivalent qualification; Professional Degree Preferred
  • Minimum 10 years’ experience in the Building Engineering sector with at least 6 years of Modelling / BIM / Revit experience.
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