BIM in Renovation – Interview with VIATechnik President

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Aarni Heiskanen interviewee is Danielle Dy Buncio, Co-Founder and President of VIATechnik, a Chicago-based engineering firm. They discuss the use of BIM in renovation and life-cycle management of buildings.

Can you tell us a little bit about your background and how you got involved in VIATechnik?

I grew up in the construction industry, and am the daughter of two entrepreneurs, so I think it was only a matter of time before I started my own company. As a kid, I remember visiting my parent’s jobsites and being fascinated by construction. I even entered into my school’s science fair competition with my homemade hydroelectric power plant, which I so cleverly titled “Go with the Flow”, the year my parents’ firm constructed the hydroelectric power plant at Starved Rock.

So I went to Stanford to study Civil Engineering, and then worked for construction firms in San Francisco, Sydney, and Chicago. Some of my favorite projects were the NetApp corporate campus in Sunnyvale, the Sydney University Faculty of Law Building, and the Wabash Avenue phase of the Chicago Riverwalk.

I co-founded VIATechnik with my husband Anton in 2012 when we saw an opportunity to disrupt the construction industry. We founded VIATechnik in an effort transform the way the construction industry does business by advancing new technology and deploying global engineering talent as a way to improve productivity in the construction industry and respond to a shortage of skilled local resources.

What services does your company provide, and what’s special about them?

Our services fall into four categories: Virtual Design & Construction (CAD/BIM), Scheduling, Estimating, and LEED Coordination. We work with construction firms around the country to increase their resources in these areas. We stand out to our clients in a few ways.

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