Holger de Groot


CEO & Founder

Holger de Groot is the CEO and Founder of Modmation and a certified BIM Manager, bringing more than 17 years of experience in designing, constructing, and consulting on BIM projects in Australia, New Zealand, and Europe to the Modmation team.

Holger is also the Vice Chairperson at buildingSMART Australasia, registered with the Chamber of Architects of Lower Saxony (#020262) in Germany, a Sessional Lecturer at the University of NSW and a sought-after author and regular speaker at high level industry conferences.

Before Holger founded Modmation in 2020, he has led the BIM implementation while employed at HDR as their National Director of BIM for the Australian region, and at Grimshaw Architects as their Office BIM Manager for the Sydney studio, advising on BIM matters at all levels.

Today, Holger’s project management experience, technical competence, and solid conceptual understanding of BIM allows him to deal effectively with misunderstandings and to develop client-focused strategies for BIM implementation and digital project delivery.

 What to expect during the event

With the Covid-19 pandemic, many project teams - and their BIM managers - found themselves working remotely and separated from each other for the first time. Working remotely is one thing and supporting a remote team while managing building information models is another challenge.

To start, companies need to re-open the debate about moving projects to people rather than moving people to projects. As companies are becoming more agile and upgrade their technology, it is important to assemble project teams that can work in a remote environment.

When supporting teams remotely, BIM managers need to understand the factors that can make remote work incredibly demanding. Otherwise, team members may experience declines in performance and engagement when they begin working remotely, especially in the absence of training and support.

These changes require a change of mindset and operating model. The objective is to manage a diverse workforce in a fluid and integrated way.

- Identify rules of engagement for better communication with your project teams.
- Define your style of management to mentor and coach more than you manage.
- Assess how accountability affects other team members’ abilities to accomplish their goals.

Distributed Workforce - How to Support a Remote BIM Team

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