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I would like to thank my wife, Iris; daughter, Lucia; and son, Wesley for supporting the late nights and shared time of weekends with this project. I couldn’t have done it without your support. I’m blessed to have family, Jen, Dave, Mom, and Dad and friends, Joe Moerke, Eric Glatzl, and DJ who helped as much as they have. Lulu, I have no more pages left in my “chapter book” to do. I would also like to thank my co-author, Dave McCool, who agreed to partner up and take this book project head on. Dave contributed great insights and valuable content and supported many good discussions on what BIM “really is” and how best to tell that story.

It has been a pleasure working with such an industry leader. I’m thankful to the firms, colleagues, industry organizations, and academics who let us use their work, insights, and images for case studies. Thanks to Black & Veatch for allowing me the time to see this work completed. I’m hopeful the design and construction industry takes this content and uses it to accelerate positive change in this industry I am so passionate about. First off, I want to thank Brad Hardin for this amazing opportunity. He’s been a great friend and mentor throughout this journey, and I’m excited about our next adventure.

I also want to thank my dad (Jim McCool, PE, CEM, CxA, LEED AP), who has been a role model father and mentor. Dad, you’re not allowed to get any more acronyms. It won’t fit on our business cards! My whole family has been incredibly supportive and encouraging throughout this whole process. Meg, thank you for the edits and brainstorming sessions. Mom, thank you for the counseling. Emily, thank you for waiting till I was done. I would also like to thank the many others who have mentored and supported me over the years. This book wouldn’t have happened without you:

Tommy Duncan, Morgan Duncan, Bill Hitchcock, Dianne Gilmer, Trey Clegg, Mike Dunn, Mike Mitchell, Jason Lee, Sam Hardie, Sarah Carr, Derek Glanvill, Randy Highland, Chad Dorgan, Jim Mynott, Simon Peters, Shannon Lightfoot, Enrique Sarmiento, Connor Christian, John Grady, Brasfield & Gorrie, and the entire family at McCarthy Building Companies. To Dr. H and Dianne, thank you for taking a chance with a psychology major. I will forever be indebted to you and the Construction Engineering Management master’s program you created at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). From both of us, a very big thank you to the Wiley team:

Pete Gaughan, who saw value in this project; Mariann Barsolo, for the patience and prodding in getting this done; Thomas Cirtin, Becca Anderson, Liz Welch, and Nancy Carrasco for helping us say what we meant to and making us sound smarter than we are; and Jana Conover, for taking on a new challenge and checking the technical components and tutorials. Brad Hardin is the Chief Technology Officer for Black & Veatch, a global engineering and construction firm. He is a LEED-accredited architect, an ENR 20 under 40 recipient and is an advisory board member of the New School of Architecture.

He has written numerous articles, given numerous presentations, and enjoys participating in industry events to further the cause of BIM, technology, and AEC startups in the design and construction market. He is a co-founder of Virtual Builders ( the world’s first nonprofit software- and association-agnostic certification and open source BIM intelligence development community for the design construction and operations industry. He lives in Kansas City with his wife, Iris; his two children, Wes and Lulu; and a dog named Shiloh.