As the lead VDC (Virtual Design & Construction) Manager for Turner Construction Company in Canada, Kate Kirwan manages the VDC Services Group - Canada. Her international experience in the AEC industry began in Dublin, Ireland, where she worked as a conservation architect for the Irish government before moving to Canada in 2010. Kate’s experience encompasses various construction types including complex new build programs, renovations and highly technical M&E builds where she provides real-time modeling services for ongoing construction projects.
Leveraging Building Information Modeling (BIM), Kate uses 3D models for logistics planning, review of constructability issues, and schedule visualization to assist in improved early decision-making, collaboration, and coordination. She leads and documents Turner’s 3D virtual trade coordination to resolve issues early in the construction process.
Kate works to promote BIM use throughout the AEC industry, and has collaborated with and presented to numerous consultant groups in BC, as well as to organizations such as BIMBC and LCI - Canada. She also works closely with courses at BCIT and with the Green Bricks Education Society. Kate has served as the Director of Programs for Canadian Construction Women, a Vancouver-based non-profit, since 2014, helping to facilitate opportunities for support, mentoring, networking and community involvement in the local AEC industry.