Alex Small is the BIM & Digital Platforms manager at Tata Steel Europe. This role involves the delivery of BIM data for Tata Steel’s European businesses as well as the development of tools to develop the digital reach and interlock of the business through its data. Although starting with product-specific data, Alex’s goal is to look at ways in which a wide-ranging array of data (including environmental, production & in-use performance data) might be utilised to benefit the supply chain.
Alex graduated as a Civil/Structural Engineer in 1996 and worked for 7 years as a Structural Engineer and Project Manager for Ove Arup & Partners. During this time Alex worked on several interesting projects including the Bangkok underground railway system (MRTA) and the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea (which won both a RIBA and a Structural Steel design award). Whilst at Arup, Alex worked in San Francisco, Ghana and London.
In 2003 Alex moved in to the steel industry working initially as UK market development manager for Celsa Steel UK before moving in 2008 to Barcelona to take up a role as head of marketing for the Celsa Group. It was during this time at Celsa that Alex developed a keen interest in the ways in which 3D modelling and detailing can be used to drive construction efficiency and added value throughout the supply chain. Alex was instrumental in driving pre-fabrication and pre-assembly across Celsa’s downstream divisions and ensuring that the true value on site could be realised.
Whilst at Celsa Group, Alex also founded ECO-Reinforcement – the UK’s first responsible sourcing scheme from source to site.
Alex is involved in work for the BIM Alliance, BIM4M2 and the CPA and is a keen advocate for structured data and a standardised method for manufacturers to hold, control and disseminate product information.