Little Rock-based construction firm Baldwin & Shell announced Monday (July 27) the hiring of Gene Kitsmiller as director of virtual design and construction. Kitsmiller has over 20 year of experience in the construction industry with a focus on architecture, engineering and construction.
“Technology continues to advance our industry’s approach to project management including aspects of jobsite safety and client delivery,” Baldwin & Shell CEO Scott Copas said in a statement. “Gene’s talents in virtual design ensures Baldwin & Shell will remain a leader in providing innovative and cutting-edge options to our clients.”
Kitsmiller utilizes Building Information Modeling (BIM), a 3D intelligent modeling process that enables project managers to dissect the construction schedule and analyze any potential clash detection issues.
“Having the ability to visualize a project at this level always uncovers questions regarding constructability, equipment, and manpower logistics. By having these questions identified beforehand, we are able to forecast any sequencing conflicts and create solutions prior to breaking ground,” Kitsmiller said in the news release.
BIM technology can simulate installation and construction processes prior to anyone going on site which allows for more thorough safety planning. BIM also offers building owners and facility managers in depth details into the building design and operations. This insight helps in managing the life cycle of the building and its components.
Kitsmiller is a Revit Architecture Certified Professional and received a Certificate of Mastery in computer aided drafting with an architectural and manufacturing emphasis. His career began as a general laborer.