By hiring SWORD, you benefit from over a decade of experience working with the ENR Top 100 companies – Turner Construction, Skanska, PCL and The Weitz Company. We are perfectly equipped to put your organization on the fast track to the adoption of BIM or Lean or the continued improvement of your Lean investment in those new to your organization. We understand how hard change can be and we have developed proven cost effective methods of teaching, coaching and mentoring those responsible for change. We embrace expertise in applied technology innovation to support Lean and BIM implementation.
Principal Lean – VDC/BIM
Cousins has established and directed BIM – Virtual Design and Lean Construction for Architects and several top 100 general contractors. As a senior leader and coach he has lead project teams to achieve operational excellence, documented savings and efficiencies by using the tools and techniques of the Lean production and product development principles, understanding of human behavior and BIM technology.
His specialty is coaching mentoring high performance project teams using a collaborative approach from project validation through design development and construction. Agile team building strategies focused on the elimination of waste and creating more value for the customers throughout design, product development and construction.
Cousins is a Registered Architect Colorado and a Certified Lean Practitioner. He holds a Master of Architecture from University of California, Berkeley and a Bachelor of Arts, Urban Studies from the University of Denver.
Principal Lean – VDC/BIM
Ralf has over twenty-three years of diverse project management experience in Design and Construction both in Europe and the US.
As a Project Director, he has practiced non-traditional relationship focused and value driven management principles and practices. He has over ten years of management experience participating as the VDC/BIM Integration manager on several of the most ground breaking Integrated project delivery (IPD) – Cathedral Hill Hospital and San Francisco Airport Terminal 1. On these projects, he was responsible was to implement Lean and BIM processes, manage design coordination and deliver BIM guidelines and standards practices. He is an industry thought leader in integrating Lean and BIM large capital projects. He has written, presented and published academic papers on Lean, BIM and structural glazing and materials engineering. He also has successful and diverse traditional experience, from conception through construction, high-rises, pharmaceutical labs, Universities & academia, theme parks and large industrial projects, airports & hospitals.
Ralf-Uwe has Masters of Science in International Construction Management, University of Bath, England; Bachelor of Science in Civil Engineering, University for Applied Sciences in Munich, Germany
Simmons has extensive experience in technology for building design, project management and construction. Through his work with architects, engineers, contractors and sub-contractors he has a broad understanding of BIM technology with specific emphasis on its use to inform design decisions, increase efficiency in documents, produce more accurate cost estimates and facilitate construction coordination through a Virtual Design and Construction process.
As a leader in strategies for BIM and VDC implementation, Simmons has worked with small, medium and large business, including Anshen + Allen / Stantec, Swinerton Builders, The Weitz Company, Quattrocchi Kwok Architects, Studios Architecture, and PCL Construction.
Simmons was on the AIACC IPD Technology Task Force and part of the steering committee that developed the AIA IPD Guide. He his an instructor, lecturer and speaker on BIM and related topics. Simmons has a Masters of Architecture from the University of California, Berkeley, and a Bachelor of Environmental Design, Texas A&M University.
For the past several years Tracie has been leading the development of continuing education programs for the AEC Industry. She works with industry and topical experts to explore the vision as well as the practical aspects of building projects.
She manages two online learning platforms: DESIGNrealized.com focused on innovation and collaboration in building design and construction, green and healthy buildings, and industry thought leadership. LearnVirtual.com is a blended learning platform focused on BIM, building technologies, and other related industry topics.
Tracie is a published writer and frequently blogs about industry issues and education programs. She also serves as the operations manager for SWORD. She has a B.A. in Journalism from San Diego State University.