Five minutes with… Chris Smeaton
Chris Smeaton, R&D Manager
Chris – you’ve just joined Atlas. What were you doing before?
I was working as a BIM Manager for KEO International Consultants, a multidisciplinary company in the Middle East. I led the development and implementation of strategic BIM processes within landscape architecture and urban planning as well as advising on industry standards.
I am passionate about digital design and when I am not working on projects, I am developing my skills, considering how I can implement them or sharing them with others. I’m a bit of a geek.
I’m originally from Newcastle in the UK, a great city with a strong foundation in BIM. It’s a hub for organisations including Space Group BIM technologies, The NBS and BIM Academy. I also studied there, alongside people who have become leaders in the field. It was inspirational to be around others who are as passionate as myself about design and technology. Just like at Atlas.
Tell me about your new role at Atlas?
I’m excited at the prospect of growing Atlas’ portfolio of work in landscape and urban planning. My role is to build and guide a team of experienced engineers so that Atlas can support clients on implementing BIM technology and delivery.
I will of course also learn from those around me. I’ve been incredibly impressed with the skills and passion at Atlas.
I’m delighted to be working on two innovative projects alongside Atlas’ Group Architecture Manager Dean Marsh. It’s great to get stuck in to new work with my new team.
What makes you happy about your role?
Sharing my love of BIM and working with people who are as passionate as myself about new design technology. I love teaching others and seeing their confidence and skills develop.
What are the biggest challenges of your role?
Building a new business unit is an exciting challenge. It shows how quickly technology is changing our industry – we are finding new uses for it all the time.
What (if anything) surprised you about Atlas?
Atlas are a smaller company from my previous organisation but their investment in R&D is impressive. The depth and breadth of the talent in the organisation is immense. I can’t believe they don’t shout louder about this externally.
Have you ever…
Been in the Digital Cave?
Of course I have! I love it.
Tried on a HoloLens headset?
Yes. I would have one at home but my wife won’t let me.
Owned a motorbike?
I’ve been riding them since I was a child so it’s one of the first things on my list to buy at the moment.
Outside of work I like to…
Try new sports. I’ve done more than you can think of and if I don’t get injured I’ll be doing an ironman 70.3 in May next year. It’ll be my first.