Vas Tcaci is responsible for developing and implementing the Carey Design Team procedures in relation to BIM processes. A key part of his responsibilities include the management of BIM on both tenders and live projects, in addition to developing 3D/4D modelling and visualisation of design, construction and demolition projects from tender stage to completion. Previously Vas was responsibile for coordination of the labour, plant and subcontractors on site.
We're quite a competitive team. When I first started there wasn't a Careys Design Team, it was just me. It's always been a real source of personal pride that my work and now the work of our team, is higher-quality and more detailed than our competitors. That mentality has stayed with the team as we've grown - we're all keen to do the best work we can and look for new and better ways of doing things.
For me, our success relies on more than just being competitive though - it's also about communication. I talk to my team all the time to make sure that everyone is on the same page and understands what is required of them. As a result I encourage my team to do everything they can to further their knowledge, to work together and to take pride in their work.
For me value starts with the needs of our clients. When I first started, I was working as part of Careys Civil Engineering and I was challenged by Jason Carey with making sites safer and making planning more efficient through visualisation. The work that I did made such a difference to the way that we run jobs that we quickly realised our clients could benefit from it too and so Careys Design Team was born.
A big part of bringing value to our clients is about helping them to see things differently. Our industry can be quite static - we build and demolish buildings in very similar ways to the way we always have, but we challenge ourselves to find new and better ways of doing it. Having worked on a site - I started as a site engineer - I'm well aware that the way our industry does things isn't always the most efficient, sometimes it's done just because people say 'that's the way we've always done it'. To us, that's not a reason to do something - if it's the best way, then fine, but what if there's a better way? At the end of the day, that's what we give our clients - reassurance that if we're putting something forward, it's after we've looked at alternatives and decided on the best possible solution for their needs.
The construction industry could be a lot more advanced than it is and I think clients are realising just how true that is. The industry is definitely changing - for example, in the last five years projects have mostly moved away from paper drawings and into 3D models. There's been a big drive to embed digital techniques in the way clients are planning and completing jobs, but there are still a lot of sketches, drawings, loose papers and other documents that they've been using for decades. If other industries have changed and improved the way they're working, why can't ours? Personally, I think digitisation of project planning and management is going to be inevitable - in 20 years time, I don't think we'll have paper drawings at all.
Definitely our work at Rathbone Square - a really complex job that involved demolition, basement excavations and construction of two superstructures in central London. The site also had an active Royal Mail train station under the site that we had to keep active - which wasn't something that you see on most sites!
We built some really detailed and complex modelling for the job to demonstrate the engineering required for the project. After we'd given the presentation, we got a call from the client to say it was the best presentation that they'd ever seen - really transparent on the costs and our methodology and that it had given the total confidence and certainty about what we wanted to do and why.