In this episode we have with us the founder of DiRoots, Jose Oliveira. He is a BIM and Automation Strategist.
DiRoots is a BIM digital consultancy firm based in UK and they specialize in the development of custom Autodesk, Bricsys, Bentley add-ins, web-based applications and much more. Some of their top products which they’ve created are the SheetLink plugin for Revit which helps in import/export of Revit data. FamilyReviser which helps in managing of Revit Families, DiRoots Dynamo package which includes useful tools to automate monotonous Revit tasks and also a free Dynamo Course for Beginners (link below).
Jose is a graduate from the University of Salford where he did his MSc. in BIM and Integrated Design. He has more than 10 years of continuous experience in the AEC and manufacturing industries. He is also known for his creative, unconventional ideas and vision of the Industry’s future.
In this episode he talks about his journey into BIM, custom software development process, creation of various plug-ins for Revit, how DiRoots has leveraged machine learning & AI and a whole lot more.
00:00 – Introduction
03:10 – How he got into BIM?
04:52 – Getting into the BIM Space despite being in a different background
06:55 – About DiRoots and the skill sets he picked up on
13:19 – Process of creating a plugin
16:09 – Example of what a plugin does?
19:12 – Point cloud automation-scan to BIM
24:43 – Autodesk Monopoly & Expanding creation of plugins apart from Revit
28:09 – Shift to Web based applications
31:10 – Transition to remote working
32:22 – Tools used for data management
33:46 – Implementation of AI & ML into DiRoots
36:58 – Future of BIM
41:53 – Startup in the AEC Industry
44:21 – Tech unicorns getting into the AEC Industry leading to design automation
46:14 – Future Goals
47:56 – Reason behind starting DiRoots
50:16 – Challenges of running a firm
52:40 – Burnouts
53:44 – Mentors in Life
55:28 – Daily Routine
56:52 – Travel
57:45 – Fitness
58:04 – Books that inspired him
59:47 – Advice for people who want to get into the AEC Industry
01:00:57 – Thank you